QUICK FACTS ON BEES
Below you will find more information about popular bees in our area. Follow the associated links to learn more about their habitats, habits and threat levels.
Bumble bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential harborage materials. Because bumble bees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised to seek out a bee pest control service.
Carpenter bees prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can sometimes help deter them. However, they will sometimes attack stained or painted wood. Homeowners should also routinely inspect wood on the property for signs of a carpenter bee infestation, including round, smooth holes.
Honey bee management should be addressed by a professional. Treatment or removal of a honeybee nest and the honey product can be very messy because colonies are so large.
When you encounter a stinging insect, it's important to remember you should try to remain calm and still. If it lands on your skin, you should resist the urge to swat the insect away. Instead, blow gently in its direction to encourage it to fly off.
Bumble bees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate crops and plants, however, they can sting. Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their ness in soffits of attics. As part of their aggressive defense of their nests, bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.
Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow stripes on their abdomen. This type of bee gets its name from its habit of boring circular holes into wood like a carpenter. While carpenter bees do not eat wood, they are still a serious property threat, as they can cause structural damage over time if left untreated. You should periodically check the perimeter of your home for smooth, round holes that would be a sign of carpenter bee infestation. Carpenter bees do not live in colonies like many other bees. Male carpenter bees can be territorial and may hover in front of one's face aggressively, but they have no stinger and these actions are merely for show. Female carpenter bees do have a potent stinger, but it's rarely used
Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S. Honeybees produce honey from pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. They store the honey in honeycombs in their nests. They often build their nests in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys. Honeybees do sting, but they only sting once. The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not immediately removed from the sting.
1/2 inch long, 6 legs, oval shape
Golden yellow with dark stripes