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Honey Bee &
BumbleBee

We specialise in Honey Bee &
BumbleBee control & removal

Registered Beekeepers ourselves, we know how important it is to save our Bees so we can remove swarms where accessible.

Information

(Apis Mellifera and Bombus Spp.)

Whilst capable of delivering a sting (female workers and the queen) bees are not aggressive insects and usually will not sting unless threatened. Whilst a queen can use her sting numerous times, the female workers have barbed stings meaning if they are brushed away or knocked off after stinging the bee will die though the poison sacs attached to the sting will continue to pump venom into the host for some time unless carefully removed.

Appearance

  • Smaller and “fatter” than wasps
  • Honey bees are dark brown/pale orange in colour
  • Bumble bees considerably larger than honey bees , frequently the tip of the abdomen coloured brightly in ochre yellow or rich tawny colour
  • Noticeably hairy

Habits

  • .Most honey bee colonies are “owned” by a local beekeeper
  • Bumblebees like to nest in holes in trees or possibly by excavating in soft or sandy earth
  • Swarms of bees may be seen as a cloud in the air or huddled in a ball on trees and bushes as workers leave a nest with a new queen to set up a new colony

Life Cycle

  • Bumblebee males and females are produced towards the end of summer
  • Only female bumblebees will survive the winter through hibernation, males will die off
  • Worker honey bees live for 6 to 7 weeks in mid season though can be longer if they overwinter
  • Queen honey bees can live for 7 or 8 years, laying on average 900 eggs a day per year

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