Honey bees are essential as they pollinate plants, including those that feed us. As bees are essential, they also pose a bit of a problem if the nest is too close to your home. Honey bees will sting anything that poses a threat to their nest and the queen. Honeybees will defend their nest even to their own death. There are many bees found throughout Texas. A-Tex Pest Management will share how to identify these bees and when to seek professional bee removal services.
Honey Bee & Hive Identification
Honey bees can be found all throughout America. Honeybees are light brown in color with golden yellow bands. Some honeybees can vary from light brown to black in color. However, they always have golden stripes. Honey bees usually grow up to 5/8 of an inch long and are oval shaped. Honey bees can be hard to distinguish from other bee species. One way to determine a honey bee from other bees is by their behavior. Honey bees, when away from human and urban environments, will build their hive in holes of trees or in the crevices of rocks. Honey bees make their hive out of a wax which the bee produces from their abdominal gland. Another unique behavior of honeys bees, is that they do not die off or hibernate during the winter. Honey bees will remain active all winter long. During the cold, they will stay inside their hive huddling tightly together to stay warm while feeding on the excess honey. Honey bees are social and live in colonies, unlike carpenters bees. Honey bees can live in large colonies, which can consist of 20,000 to 80,000 worker bees.
Honey Bee Sting
If their nest is threatened, worker bees will defend their nest and do so by unleashing powerful stings. Honey bees have a curved stinger which means they will die after stinging an intruder. Other bees, such as killer bees, have a straight stinger and can sting without losing its life. Honey bees are slightly less aggressive and it often takes a bit of provoking to get honey bees to attack. However, for those with allergies from bee stings, it is important not to take any chances.
How Best to Remove Honey Bees from Your House
As honey bees are essential to our ecosystem when they are found in your yard or near your home you don’t have to kill the bee and destroy the hive. Pest control services often recommend honey bee relocation. The bees and their hive can be safely removed. The entire hive is taken away along with all of the bees with it. The hives are most often removed during dusk when all of the bees have returned to the hive. The hive is then removed and taken to a safer area for the honeybees to live. Sometimes the bees are taken to a local apiary where the bees are kept and are protected. It is strongly discouraged to attempt to remove the hive yourself. First you can become a victim of the painful sting of the bees. Additionally, honey bees and the colony are surprisingly delicate and the entire colony can die if not relocated properly. It is important that every bee is saved.
Stinging Insect Inspections, Control, Removal & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
If stinging insects are discovered on your property, contact A-Tex Pest Management. We can come out and determine what kind of stinging insect has built a hive or nest. If we find honey bees, we will recommend a local beekeeper for relocation and if aggressive wasps are found, we can remove the nest to protect your loved ones.