Honey Bees

The honey bees are typically the bee that comes to mind when people think of bees. Honey bees are very social insects that live in hives that can house up to 80,000 bees! The hive is run by the queen bee, who produces all the male drones and female workers in the hive. Like most bees, their main diet is nectar and pollen from flowers which plays an important role in pollination to flowers and crops. 

Honey bees are much smaller than their fellow pollen collectors, the bumble bee. They have a slender, more wasp-like build which causes them to be mistaken for wasps often. Honey bees also have a clearer distinction between their head and abdomen which creates their well-known yellow and black “bee stripes.” 

The honey bee is the official state insect of Wisconsin because of its important role in agriculture with pollination and the production of honey. Honey bees are the only species of bees that produce honey. Honey is produced when a bee ingests nectar, processes it, and then stores it in the comb within their hives.

Are Honey Bees a Concern?

Typically no, bees are beneficial insects to the environment and are rarely aggressive. The only concern with honey bees is when you stumble upon their nests. Bumble bees will only attack and sting people when defending their lives and nests. 

When we get calls from people saying they got “stung by a bee,” it is usually a wasp or hornet. Honey bees don’t often create hives in buildings, but it can be a quite nerve-wracking and potentially costly experience if they do. It can also be problematic if a colony takes up residence on a property with someone who is allergic to bee stings. 

I Hear Buzzing in the Walls?

Do you hear buzzing inside your walls? Have you noticed streams of bees flying outside of your home? Well, this may be a sign that you have a honey bee colony living in your home. 

Honey bees are a protected species and therefore cannot be sprayed with pesticides. We recommend you contact and work with a local beekeeper to help you remove and relocate the hive. After the queen and colony are removed, the wall where the hive is must be opened to remove the honeycombs to prevent other honey bees or pests. Removing honey bees from your home is a time-consuming, labor-intensive, and dangerous task that should only be done by trained professionals. 

If you need help finding a local beekeeper, give us a call at 262-242-4390 so we can help direct you to one of our beekeeper contacts.

DID YOU KNOW? – Honey bees are actually not native to North America. They were originally brought over from Europe. 

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