There are several different types of bees out there that ride the line between beneficial or harmless insects and pests. Let’s take a look at these different types of bees, their behavior, and how they are controlled.

Honey bees

When we think of bees, we generally think of honey bees. These bees are a prime pollinator in almost any ecosystem, and they will live in colonies that can reach several thousand members. They are mostly very beneficial insects, and they will usually be domesticated whenever they are in a populated area. However, wild honeybees, or even domesticated ones, may wander onto a property and start a nest in a tree cavity, rock crevice or even inside a wall void. This is when honeybees can be considered pests.

Bumble bees

Bumble bees are much larger than normal bees, but their venom is slightly less powerful. However, they do have the advantage that they can sting multiple times. They will also build their colonies underground, and they can reach hundreds of members in one nest. Bumble bees can be considered pests when a nest is somewhere in the backyard and they will swarm to its defense.

Carpenter bees

Carpenter bees stand out in our list, because they are solitary rather than social insects. You will not have large carpenter bee nests anywhere. Instead, these bees will tunnel inside wood, where they will lay their eggs and rear their young. Carpenter bees do not pose too much of a threat, but they can cause a noticeable amount of damage to wood if left to their own devices.

Africanized honey bees

Africanized honey bees resemble normal honey bees in every regard, with the exception of aggression. These bees will not only sting unprovoked, but they will be more daring with their nesting locations, choosing to nest close to the home more often. They will also swarm more readily, especially when their nests are threatened.

How bees are controlled

In most situations, the pest control process revolves around destroying the colony and its queen. For this purpose, a variety of insecticides and treatment methods will be used. However, it’s important to always work with a pro when dealing with a bee infestation, because of the dangers posed by bee colonies.

Contact us today, if you have any questions about how bee infestations are removed, or if you have a bee infestation near your home that has to be controlled.