Honeybees and Bumblebees
Portland OR – Vancouver WA
Bumblebees and honeybees are very similar in that they both pollinate and collect nectar. Lets talk about what makes them different though.
Bumblebees pollinate and collect nectar, but they do not make honey. There are quite a few different species of bumblebee and they don’t all look exactly the same. There are small ones and large ones, orange ones and black ones.
Bumble Bee Nest
Bumble bees when they make a nest, instead of the classic honeycomb nest, their nest looks like a ball of small pods and they always build them in something soft (ie. an old birds nest or in the insulation of your home!). Bumble bees nest size varies, but are very small in comparison to the honey bee. The nest size ranges in the hundreds (instead of the thousands for honey bees).
Are Bumble Bees Dangerous?
Bumblebees will defend their nests and can be aggressive (the orange ones and been known to be more aggressive than the rest). We suggest you call a professional as soon as you may have an infestation. Store bought sprayers are ineffective 9 times out of 10 and have been known in some cases to even make the problem worse. If the bumblebees are in the walls of your home, the smell of the spray may cause them to scatter and try to find another way out (which can end up inside your home!)
Honeybees are the only bees that technically “swarm”. When a colony is over crowded is when they begin to swarm. The basic idea of how it happens is, the queen will raise another queen to take over the colony and then the original queen will leave with 10,000 or so bees to start another colony. When the queen and her colony are looking for a new home, the swarm will land on a branch of a tree or something similar, stack themselves on top of one another and send out scout bees to look for a new hollowed out cavity to move into.
The Honey Bee Hive or Nest
We’ve talked about how bumblebees create nests, as well as wasps. Honeybees actually use a hollowed out cavity to stretch honeycomb across. You will usually find them in hollowed out sections of trees, chimneys, and walls of houses or buildings.
Are Honey Bees Dangerous?
When honeybees are swarming they are very gentle, until you start to mess with them (ie swatting at them, kids with a hose, adults with a hose). Once the honeybees are angry they can become extremely dangerous and even deadly. Some people are very allergic to Honey Bees, resulting is serious medical conditions when stung! They should be left for a professional to deal with.
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