The Honeybee is best described as small, gold, brown and fuzzy as compared to other types.
Aacute Pest Control is unequaled in experience and uniquely positioned to help you most effectively in Honeybee situations.
The Honeybee probably generates the most confusion for people. Much of what people think is common knowledge about Honeybees and alike is actually not true, or confused with other types. Aacute Pest Control removes Honeybees in Massachusetts.
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Honeybee Life Cycle.
Honeybees build their nest from wax and honey. During the warm months the worker bees fly to flowers to pollinate and return with the nectar. Inside their bodies is where the honey and wax is actually made. The wax is slowly pushed out of their body from between the plates of their armored body. The honey is formed in their HONEY STOMACH and regurgitated. They use these 2 materials to build the honeycomb that you've undoubtedly seen before.
Each honeycomb is lined up in layers next to another so that the layers are stacked. The bees walk freely from one layer to another. After the wax comb is made the Queen will lay one egg in each cell. The larva is born and the worker bees feed it until it grows up. When it is ready to pupate the worker bees cap it over with a light wax material. The larva pupates to an adult. The adult chews it's way out of the cell to help in colony duties. The empty cells are used over again and again, from year to year. The bees build a nest as described and inhabit it for many years, often more than 10 years and sometimes decades.
When the flowers are in bloom in the spring and the colony has a large amount of stores and excess bees, the worker bees can actually create new queens. They'll build a few extra large cells and put special high quality food in these cells and a new Queen will grow up in each of these larger cells. The first Queen to hatch will sting and kill the other Queens to death while still in their cells. This new Queen will soon fly out of the colony and attract a male bee known as a Drone to mate with her. The mating begins high in the air and continues during a freefall in her maiden flight.
When the Queen returns she may be fertilized for life, which is many years. She'll command some of the excess bees in the colony to leave with her. The swarm is sudden and in extremely large numbers. Some of our customers have been quoted as saying "The sky got dark because there was so many bees!!!!". We doubt the sky got dark, but you can understand what we mean. Depending on the weather and other environmental conditions you could expect this to happen in May or June.
This swarm of bees will be guided by the Queen and Scout Bees. They will usually be looking for a void or a protected space inside something to build a new colony. In nature they like a big hollow of a tree. Rarely, they build right out in the open hanging from a branch, but this is very rare. But a space in your wall will do fine. What is important to know is that the search for a new colony site can go on for days. Every day they stop to stay overnight some place. Often this takes place on a tree branch. The Queen and bees will cling tightly to each other to form a large cluster of bees - no wax or honey - just straight bees, thousands of them. The cluster is usually about 10 inches to 20 inches across.
Here's a very small swarm of bees attached to an A/C unit.
Picture of a swarm of Honeybees in a tree. - Click to enlarge.
During these rest stops they attract much attention from people. Some people get scared because they think the swarm may suddenly become airborne and attack people. For a cluster of bees the following is widely accepted advice: If people are not immediately threatened by their presence then please leave them alone. They won't stay long, maybe a day or two at the longest. In this described state they are rarely aggressive. There is usually no need to interfere with them. We would ask if at all possible for you to call us or e-mail us and let us know the location of the swarm (we log swarm locations and dates), but don't touch them or go near them. A minimum distance of at least 30 feet is usually plenty safe. If you insist on having us take the cluster of bees off your property, we can, but it is a charge visit. Prices vary according to situation.
Sometimes people call and ask if we or other Beekeepers want them. We can't speak for other Beekeepers needs, but we think wild bees are best left in the wild. Beekeepers can mail-order pathogen free bees for a low cost if they really want bees.
At Aacute Pest Control we only advocate handling, removing, killing or otherwise dealing with wild Honeybees if they become a threat to people or move into your house.
If they build a colony in your home they construct a honeycomb at an alarming rate. We have documented honeycombs being built at a rate of almost one (1) pound per day for several days in a row. The nest will eventually get up to around 30 pounds and maybe more! Yes that's right, all that in your walls! We have removed hundreds that size from people's walls.
If a colony becomes established inside your walls then we recommend that you have us do an Inspection so we can work out the details of their removal.
Please see the Honeybee Picture Tours below.
Traps (That catch you, not them)
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