When it comes to bees, bumble bees and honey bees are usually the types that come to people’s heads. However, it’s critical for one to be capable of identifying and discerning the difference in habits and behavior of stinging insects, especially if they are near a place of residence. Here are the most common species of bees.

 

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees have thick bodies, yellow furry coats, and black and orange coloring. A bumble bee has an oval-shaped body, growing as much as an inch in length when it reaches full maturity. A bumble bee is not aggressive. The only time it will attack is when it needs to defend its nest or when it feels threatened. You will be chased by bumble bees and get stung if you invade or disturb their nests. As a matter of fact, female bumble bees sting multiple times. Males are the ones that don’t have stingers. A bumble bee colony has a lesser population compared to a honey bee colony.

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are species of bees that reside in the United States. They are infamous and known as wood-damaging pests. They are traditionally solitary bees, but there are some that have social nests wherein mothers and daughters cohabit. When females cohabit, one female will do the nest laying and foraging, while other females guard.

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Honey Bees

 

A honey bee is smaller in size compared to a bumble bee, only reaching half an inch in length. A honey bee’s body is also more elongated. Although we don’t suggest you do so, you will notice that there are yellow and brown strips across a honey bee’s body if you take a closer look. Social insects as they are, they are incredible pollinators. Honey bees live in huge colonies that comprise of up to 60,000 workers. Honey bees are popular for their honeycomb and honey.

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 Dangers that are Associated with Bees

People often ask whether bees are dangerous. The safe answer would be yes, bees are dangerous. Insects that are capable of stinging are considered dangerous, which is why you should be cautious when one is around. There are a lot of people who have experienced serious allergic reactions to a bee sting.

How to Prevent Bees from Invading Your Home

If you’re wondering why bees are on your property, they are there to look for nesting locations, water, and food. You may have lots of bushes, flowering trees, and flowering plants around your home, which attract bees that are on the search for nectar. Water also attracts bees, and your bird baths, flower pots, and wading pools satisfy their need for water.

To reduce the presence of bees in your property, limit the number of flowers near your home. Also, your landscape should be designed in a way that the blooming flowers and flowering shrubs are far from walkways and entrances. If you’ve found a nest in your property, NEVER disturb it yourself. You should only call an exterminator unless you want to sustain multiple injuries and thousands of stings.