Immensely beneficial to the economy, honey bees produce millions of dollars worth of honey and beeswax, as well as pollinating commercial fruits, vegetables, and field crops.
They become a nuisance however, when they establish a colony in a house, building, or in a hollow tree next to the home. The sting of a bee commonly produces an allergic reaction and many children are afraid to leave the house for fear of being stung.
Roles Within the Nest
The queen is the only female in the colony capable of laying fertilized eggs. There is only one queen to each bee colony and the queen generally lives 2â5 years. The queen is fed by other bees within the colony and she does no work other than laying eggs.
Drones are male bees within the colony. The drone develops from unfertilized eggs and exists only to fertilise or mate with young queens. They are generally bigger than the queen or workers and live for 40 – 50 days.
The majority of bees in colony are worker bees. They perform most of the functions bees are known for including making honey and stinging in defence. Although the workers are females, they cannot lay fertilized eggs. Workers live between 40 days and a few months. The workers perform duties based on age: the younger ones are cleaners and helpers while the older bees are builders, complete any foraging and work in the nursery.
The nest is made up of comb, on which bees rest, brood and store honey. The comb is constructed of wax and has a central rib with 6 sided cells constructed on each side.
Often it is safest to contact a pest control company to complete the treatment of the bees. Once this treatment has been complete the nest will need to be removed. Destroy the comb and honey, if this isnât done other insects are often attracted to the nest left behind. Once the nest has been removed, plug all holes to avoid future bees swarming and making a nest in the same location.