|Bees are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. There are approximately 20,000 known species of bees. |
The most well known bee is the Honey Bee, which, as its name suggests, produces honey as do a few other types of bees.
The introduced Honey Bee is the only domesticated insect which humans gain benefit from without actually causing any harm to the animal. Bees are important as both a honey producer and a pollinator.
Bees play an important role in pollinating. It is estimated 1/3 of the human food supply depends on insect pollination. Bees focus on gathering nectar or pollen, depending on their greater need at the time.
Bees nest usually in the spring season but can be found nesting in residential, commercial or public areas all year round. Usually bees will nest in hollow logs, trees or even in the ground. However bees can also build a nest inside cavity walls or in roof voids. If Bees feel the spot is right then they will move in and the Queen and her workers will then build a nest within the property. A clear sign is a repetitive use of an entry or exit hole, all day, every day. However if the position is not suitable, then they will only stick around for up to a day. If signs of a nest are prevalent then a treatment by a Pest Professional is required.
The destruction of the nest is not always the only solution. If a nest exists on the external areas of a structure then an Apiarist can be called in to remove it, displacing them to a safer area or a honey farm.
Remember do not try to eliminate them yourself as you will aggrevate the bees putting yourself and others around you in danger.