Pest Library | Bees
Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.
Damage: Most species of the bee family have some ability to sting. For some the sting is not only painful but can cause a potentialy fatal allergice reaction. For this reason it is important to keep nests away from buildings.
Habitat: We find bees & wasps nests in many places, generally the area must be protected, such as a tree hollows, under an eave, underground, in the walls of a building, sheds, attics, etc.
Feeding and Breeding: Bees and wasps feed on nectar and protein (such as insects). Bees & wasps play a very important role in the ecological food chain. They pollinate plants and controlinsect populations. Breeding occurs during the spring months when the queen lays eggs.
Treatment: Because of the potential dangers, bee and wasp removal should be left to a professional.