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Every couple of months we get a call here at HPS to deal with a wayward swarm of honey bees. Bees are valuable and important to human survival, but dealing with an active hive that has taken up residence in or around your home can be overwhelming and maybe even a bit scary.
Honey bees are truly a major asset to our eco-system as around one third of all human food is pollinated by bees. It is estimated that 80% of the world's crop species are dependent on the pollination by bees to survive.
Sadly due to pollution, pesticides, habitat loss and invasions by Africanized bees, the honey bee populations are rapidly declining. In fact, the honey bee is classed as endangered and is therefore threatened with extinction.
At HPS we have learned the very best ways to deal with these fabulous, industrious insect friends. So if they should arrive suddenly, don’t panic, just give us a call. Meantime, here are some things you ought to know to help understand their “bee-haviors”.
The first thing to know is that honey bees, though similar in coloring, are very different from wasps and hornets. Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. Their exceptional olfactory abilities include kin recognition, social communication within the hive, and odor recognition for finding food. Their sense of smell is so precise that they can differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from several meters away. Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members' identification.
Because of the honey bee’s high value, powerful homing instincts and the way they build their hives (usually in rafter or wall spaces), they require specialized handling by a professional to safely and permanently relocate them.
Honey bees should NEVER be sprayed with pesticides. Dead bees are a heavy loss to the environment and their abandoned hive will slowly melt into the wall space of your home attracting other unwanted insects and creating nightmarish problems for years into the future. Instead, once the hive is located call HPS and we will initiate the following relocation process:
This is a tedious process and unfortunately there are no shortcuts. The amount of work involved will vary depending on where in the building the bees have taken up residence. Removing all traces of the hive and closing the hive space will effectively prevent their return. The good news is the hive will survive in a new portable home and go on to pollinate many millions of future plants. Also, the removed hive may provide you with up to 50 pounds of honey.
Some other interesting Bee facts....
Besides honey, bees produce beeswax which is currently used for?
There are a countless number of bee facts to be learned, and these are just a few. We hope this has been helpful and at the very least, ones first impression of this stinger-bearing, buzz-making, fear-invoking insect should be improved. And remember bees will rarely sting unless provoked or threatened. In other words, if you are nice to them, they’ll be nice to you.