Bees have a very important job that many people don't realize. They are responsible for pollinating plants some of which help feed people. Many of our foods that we eat on a daily basis, need bees to help us reproduce those food. When it comes to our interaction with them, it is important that we make sure we do it the proper way because they are so vital in our ecosystem.
Bumble Bees (Bombus)
Bumble bees are fairly well known and are one of the most important when it comes to pollinating. Around spring time, the queen will come out and begin looking for food which will allow her to start her colony. The Queen will be out until fall time where she will return to hiding until spring time. Bumble Bees are also known for pollinating all types of plants, rather than just one specific plant species.
When it comes to a honeybee hive, there are three different types of bees. The first one is the queen bee. There is only one queen bee in each hive and her job is to produce eggs to support the colony. A queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs each day. The second is called the drone bee. This comes from an egg that was not fertilized and all drone bees are all males. The drones bees job is to mate with the queen to produce more eggs for the hive. The third and final type is the worker bee. The worker bees are all female and main job is collecting pollen and nectar. The worker be is also the defense system for he hive and will sting if they feel they are being threatened. However, upon stinging someone or something, the honey be will die. During the summer time a hive can reach numbers of over 50,000 honey bees.
Carpenter bees have a similar appearance to a bumble bee. The way to tell the difference is a carpenter bee has a shiny black abdomen and a bumble bee has a hair colorful abdomen. Carpenter bees will nest in unfinished, weathered, softwood compared to the bumble bee that nests in the ground. Carpenter bees are nearly as aggressive as wasps, but like most the female will defend itself if forced. One of the best way to help prevent carpenter bees, is by painting any unfinished wood around your house. If you are already seeing holes in the wood from the carpenter bees, then call a professional to solve the problem for you.
Since hiring Fullers Pest Management his treatments have been more effective than Scott predicted and at faster rates. All of our nests and issues have been properly treated and removed and where relocation was appropriate, we received helpful referrals.
Rick Miller - Roseburg