Different Types of Bees
There are around 20,000 different types of bees in the world. Be it Bumble bees, wasps or killer bees; these summertime pests are a painful nuisance. More than half a million people reach emergency room each year, thanks to these stinging insects.
Some of these pests pose a more serious threat than others. In fact, some of them do not even sting. So, it is very important to be able to identify the different types of bees, to determine the risk to your family.
Different Types of Bees: Bumble Bees
Bumble bees are about one inch in size, have black and yellow markings and an overall fuzzy appearance. They pollinate plants and crops, so they are considered to be beneficial insects. Though they usually nest in the ground, they sometimes build their nests in attics or under roof beams. When disturbed, they aggressively defend their nests. And if you’re wondering “Do bumble bees sting?’ The answer is yes. The bumble bee sting is very painful, and the swelling caused by it can last for days. In fact, Bumble bees can sting more than once as their stingers are smooth. This ensures that they do not get caught in the skin when they fly away. Bumble bees can be prevented by inspecting potential nesting areas for nests and calling a pest control expert if one is detected.
Different Types of Bees: Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees look like bumble bees, but the top of their abdomen is bare and shiny. They are between ½ to 1 inch in size. They get their name from their ability to drill holes in wood. Carpenter bees rarely sting, but they can cause structural damage. These bees do not live in nests or colonies; they bore into wood, where they make tunnels for rearing their young. The tunnel opening may look one or two inches deep but can be up to 10 feet long. They prefer decaying or weathered wood to new and painted wood. Their nests can be hard to reach, so a pest control professional should be called for their removal.
Different Types of Bees: Honeybees
Honeybees are less than an inch in size and orangish-brown in color. They are the only social insect whose colony can survive many years. Honeybees are known to produce honey from the pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. These bees can flap their wings 11,000 times per minute, which is why it sounds like they are buzzing. Honeybees are not aggressive, but they attack when they feel threatened. These bees can sting only once, but it can be very painful if the stinger is not removed from the skin immediately. The reaction can be more severe for people with sting allergies. Since their colonies can be very large, removing them can be messy. It is best to call a pest control professional for this job.
Different Types of Bees: Killer Bees
Killer bees look like honeybees but have different wing size. They are golden yellow, with darker bands of brown. Africanized (killer) bees can chase people for over a quarter of a mile if they become excited. These bees are known to attack in large numbers, which can be quite dangerous. If you are attacked by Killer bees, run in a zigzag pattern and seek shelter in a house or a car. Since these bees have an aggressive nature, a professional should be called for help.
You should never try to remove a bee nest on your own. To ensure that you are completely safe from stings, it is better to hire professionals for this job. Professionals from Rest Easy Pest Control have the expertise in locating and removing the pests and their nests. So, just relax and let these experts free your home from these pests.