HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY BEES


Bumble Bee. By PhiloVivero, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Bees are the tiny flying insects which share their classification with wasps and are related to ants. There are different types of bees and a proper identification can only happen if you have knowledge of them.

Here’s an insight into the structure and behavior of different types of bees:

Bumblebees:

Appearance– The size of these black and yellow striped bees is 1 inch. They are six-legged insects with an antenna attached to their body.

Behavior- These are the benefactors for the crops and plants through pollination. They live in large families and can sting more than once if they are threatened.  

Signs- They build their nest on the ground but in some other cases, they take shelter in the basement, and even under roof beams. Their hives can easily be spotted if you suspect a bee-activity in your house.

Carpenter bees:

Appearance- These tiny creatures have a blue-black colored body and their common size is 1 inch. They have an oval shape and an antenna like all the other bee types.

Behavior- These bees have earned this name with their unique ability to drill through the wood and they are known to prefer solace. They build an individual nest for themselves and focus on feeding only their own offspring. They drill through the wood to find a secure place to lay eggs and then look after their offsprings in different stages of their lifecycle.

Signs- These bees make a lot of noise by drilling the wood which makes their presence quite noticeable. You can also look for perfectly round tiny holes in the wood, or listen for a distinctive noise coming from the wood.

Honeybees:

Appearance- They are half an inch in size and have six legs. They are golden yellow in color with brown bands on their body.

Behavior- These are the most common type of bees which are found all over the world. They live in large families and are the only ones who can survive the longest.

Signs- They flap their wings 11000 times in a minute which ends up producing the buzzing sound that we hear clearly. Their hives can also be noticed to confirm their presence.

Killer bees:

Appearance- They look almost like a honey bee but their wing helps in spotting the difference. These are six-legged and half an inch in size. They have an oval shaped body structure and are golden yellow in color but have dark brown bands on their body.

Behavior- They can chase people for a quarter mile when they feel threatened or become aggressive.

Signs- You can identify that your house has been infested by Killer bees by carefully inspecting their hive. These bees are very aggressive and get agitated very quickly. Their waists are thinner than the honey bees.


HOW DO YOU GET A BEE INFESTATION


A bee enters your house with the purpose of finding a shelter. They look for places like attics, fireplaces, chimneys, windows, vents, and roof beams. If you see one or two bees roaming inside your house then you should probably check all the aforementioned places. These pests might be making a beehive in your house without your notice. If you suspect a bee infestation then for confirmation, you should try to maintain silence and listen to the buzzing noise that they produce. If you would try to look for it then they might feel threatened which can make them aggressive towards you and bite you.  


HOW TO GET RID OF BEES


How to get rid of bees

How to get rid of bees

The following steps should be followed to get rid of bees in your house:

Identification– The first and foremost step is to identify the type of bee that has invaded your house. This step is really important because it helps in deciding the next step for the bee removal.

Call bee specialist– If you are unable to identify the type of bee then you should call the bee specialists to help in the identification process.

Informing Beekeepers– After identifying the bee, if you find that the bees invading your house are honey bees then you should call the beekeepers. Honeybees play an important role in the environment so it is better to get them relocated instead of getting them killed.

Hire pest control– You should not try to remove the bees from your house on your own as it can be a really complex and dangerous task. You should hire a professional exterminator to do the job more effectively.


LIFE CYCLE OF BEES


Like most of the insects, the life of a bee begins as an egg, which later enters the stage of becoming a larva, then the larva undergoes pupation stage where the process of metamorphosis takes place and a winged adult bee emerges from it.

Bee colonies include three types of bees: the queen, the workers, and the drones. Each and every type of bee has its own purpose. The worker bees as the name suggests do all the work. They clean the hives, collect nectar to feed all the bees in the colony and look after the offspring. The queen performs the process of reproduction and lay eggs. The drones are the male bees whose sole purpose is mating with the queen for reproduction.


PURPOSE OF BEES IN ECOSYSTEM


Pollinators– They travel from flower to flower to collect nectar and in the process, they drop pollens in the flowering plants. An estimation shows that a third of the food that humans consume depends on the process of pollination and bees are the major contributors to pollination.

Food providers– Honey which is collected from honeybees is used in many food products and people even use honey as a healthy alternative to sugar. Bee products are used all over the world to provide healthy food.

Medicine– Bee products are also used as alternative medicines to treat some particular diseases.


Bee Facts


  • The queen bee runs the hive and is even capable of producing a chemical to control the behavior of other bees in the hive.
  • During winter when there is a scarcity of food and the bees have to struggle for survival, drones are the first ones who get thrown out of the beehive.
  • Honeybees produce honey as a food source during winters but they are so hardworking that they end up producing two to three times more quantity than they actually require.
  • When a queen bee dies, a young larva is fed the royal jelly by the workers to make it fertile to lay eggs and become the next queen bee.
  • Summer is the most preferable season to lay eggs. A queen bee can lay around 2500 eggs per day and lives up to 5 years.

Types of Bees

African Honey Bee

African Honey Bee

Bumblebee

bumblebee

Carpenter Bees

carpenter bee

European Honey Bee

european honey bee

Honey Bee

African Honey Bee

Japanese Honey Bee

Japanese Honey Bees

Sweat Bee

sweat bee

Western Honey Bee

western honey bee