Pest Facts: Honeybees

Honeybees

Honeybees (Apis nekkufera Linnaeus)

Color:Predominantly golden-yellow with brown bands
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval; bee shape
Size:1/2
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes

Honeybees can be found in All 50 States

Honeybees are one of the most important pollinators, but can quickly become pests when they make their hives in urban areas.

Habits
Honeybees are named for their ability to produce honey. They live in large colonies called hives, which can hold upwards of 60,000 bees.

Habitat
The natural home of the honeybee is a tree hollow, but they’ve easily adapted to urban areas. Often they move into the eaves and attics of homes and business, sometimes nesting directly in walls or ceilings.

Threats
Honeybees can be very defensive of their honey stores and will sting anyone who threatens them. Many people are allergic to bee stings. When honeybees move into a home or business, the weight of their nests can cause damage; stored honey can weigh hundreds of pounds. If the hive gets too warm, the honey will melt down walls and into ceilings.

Prevention
Keep cracks and crevices sealed up. Honeybees swarm throughout the summer and send out scouts to look for potential new hives. Kill any scouts you see exploring your home. Once established, honeybees are difficult to get rid of. Call a professional immediately.

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