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Honey Bees

(Apis mellifera)

Appearance

Honey Bees have a variety of colors from yellow to black and will have a solid or striped abdomen that is often encircled with opposing color bands. They will frequently be seen carrying pollen on their hind legs. They can sting, and will leave the stinger behind pulsing as it empties its venom into the unlucky victim.

Size

½-inch long.

Behavior

Honey bees are highly social, usually consisting of a single queen, between 6,000 and 60,000 workers, and a few hundred to a few thousand drones. Colonies are perennial, usually surviving for several years. Colonies reproduce by swarming, which typically occurs in May or June. A swarm consists of the original queen and several thousand workers. A swarm will cluster on a branch near the original nest while scouts seek a new permanent location.

Habitat

Wild nests are found inside hollow trees and occasionally in caves or cracks in rock formations. In some cases a colony will decide to nest inside an attic, a crawl space, or a wall void in a home. Honey Bees are commonly seen in flowering gardens.

Interesting Facts

Honey bees provide over 200 million pounds of honey a year.

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think this pest may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!

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