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Honey bees

Honey bees are a common species of bee found around homes and businesses. They are known for living in hives and having a very ordered society, which makes them particularly social insects. Although they are essential to the environment as pollinators, when honey bees build their nests in or around homes and businesses, they can become a potential health risk. Especially to people who are perceived to be a threat to the colony.

Honey bee infestations can sometimes pose serious health risks to people who are allergic to bee stings. Ehrlich understands these risks and will make every effort to protect our customers. In some instances, it involves a beekeeper, or, it may involve eliminating a nest that poses a serious health threat.

Honey bee nests

Honey bees make their nests out of a kind of wax they secrete from their own bodies. They prefer to find hidden locations in order to keep the nest and hive protected. Most of the time, honey bees in the wild prefer to find hollow logs, hollowed out trees or other sheltered places for their nests.

Honey bees will create honey within their nests. This is why beekeepers create hives and care for honey bees on their property. Beekeepers also harvest the honey to sell. Worker honey bees on their own will rarely sting, but if they feel the nest is threatened they will send out pheromones indicating the hive is under attack. This will cause the other workers to attack and sting.

If you are dealing with africanized honey bees, your risk of being stung increases. These bees look a lot like European honey bees, but are far more aggressive and will defend a wider area around their nests compared to their European cousins.

Do honey bees sting?

For the most part, honey bees are docile and prefer to be left alone. However, if the bee feels that there is a threat to their hive, they will alert the rest of the hive and dozens, perhaps hundreds, of bees may come out and sting the potential threat.

If you know you have an allergy to bee stings, make sure to stay away from beehives. The risk of being stung is too great. Contact Ehrlich to see how we can help keep you safe.

Do honey bees lose their stinger?

Yes, due to the barb at the end of their stinger, honey bee stingers will lodge into the person or animal being stung causing them to lose their stinger and die. If the bee were to sting something softer than human skin, the barb might not stick.

Are honey bees dangerous?

In general, honey bees are beneficial to the environment. Honey bees are known as pollinators. Since bees seek nectar from flowers and plants, their legs pick up the pollen those flowers and plants need to reproduce. They then spread the pollen around and the species of plant.

However, if you are allergic to bee stings, honey bees are a serious health risk. For those who are not at risk from bee stings, honey bees may pose a stinging risk, but it should not adversely affect your health beyond the initial pain of the sting and possible swelling.

Ehrlich can get rid of honey bees

Because there is a potential environmental and safety risk to trying to get rid of honey bees on your own, let the professionals at Ehrlich Pest Control provide you with environmentally safe solutions. Our experts work with local honey bee experts and comply with local laws in order to protect the environment, while also considering the needs of your family.

If you notice bees building a hive near your home or business, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office and schedule a free inspection. One of our experts will be able to identify the type of stinging insect you're dealing with and work with you on treatment options and ways to prevent their return.


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