There are over 20,000 species of bees throughout the world. Bee colonies contain a queen bee, a worker bee and a drone. The queen bee and the worker bees are female, while the drone is male. The drones only job is to mate with the queen bee. The queen bee is the only one that can lay eggs and reproduce. The worker bees job is to clean the colony, collect pollen and nectar to feed the colony and to care for the offspring. Only female bees can sting as the stinger is attached to a sac that is the ovipositor which is part of their reproductive design. Bees can see in all colors, but red, this helps them detect pollen as well as their sense of smell. Worker bees make honey in colonies to feed the young and for food for the winter months.

Pest Professionals use dusts like Delta or Tempo and apply them into the entry holes of bees that have nests.

Honey-Bee
Honey Bees
Carpenter-Bee
Carpenter Bee
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Bumble Bee

Honey Bees

Color: Golden yellow with brown bands

Shape: Oval

Size:  ½”

Wings: Yes

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

Honey Bees

The Honeybee gets its name from the obvious reason that they make honey. Their main reason for producing the honey is to feed the young and to feed the colony during the cold winter months. Honeybees are social insects that have very large colonies. They are the only insect that builds a colony that can survive for years. The Honeybee is a very good pollinator that pollinates over 100 crops in the United States. A Honeybee colony is likely to be built in tree hollows or cracks, but can be found in places like home attics, chimneys, and hollow walls. Honeybees are not aggressive bees but will defend their colony if threatened. The Honeybee can only sting once as they have a barbed stinger that is ripped from their body once they sting their victim, in turn the bee will die. A Honeybee swarm happens when the colony is too big. A large group of Honeybees will find refuge in a tree until a home is established for them in 24-48 hours. These swarms of Honeybees are not aggressive as they do not have anything to defend. The queen Honeybee is the only female to lay eggs and to do this she only needs to mate one time. She can produce 1,500-2,000 eggs per day and she herself will live up to 5 years. The worker bees and drones will only live for a few weeks.

Carpenter Bees

Color: Yellow or black

Shape: Oval

Size:  ¼”-1”

Wings: Yes

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

The Carpenter Bee get its name from drilling through wood. The female Carpenter Bee will bore soft woods to create a nest gallery to lay her eggs and to make a place to protect the larvae. These tunnels will be 1-2” deep but can be 10 feet long. By doing this, the Carpenter Bee can cause cosmetic damage to structures. The Carpenter Bee is a solitary bee as it will build its own nest and care for their own young. The Carpenter Bees are beneficial pollinators as they pollinate what is ignored by Honeybees.

Carpenter Bee

Bumble Bee

Color: Black with yellow stripes

Shape: Oval

Size: 1”

Wings: Yes

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

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Bumble Bee

The Bumble Bee is considered one of the most beneficial of the insects as they are good pollinators to plants and crops. They are social bees that live in large colonies. A Bumble Bee nest is likely to be found underground, but they are known to build their nests in places like decks, patio areas and attics. When a Bumble Bee feels their nest is being threatened, they will buzz in loud volume and very aggressively defend their nest. They have been known to chase for a very long distance as well. The Bumble Bee has a smooth stinger and will not lose their stinger and die if they strike. They have a very painful sting that will cause redness and swelling.