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Types of Bees

Types of Bees in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Most bees are active in the spring and summer months. Many species establish new nests and look for food to gain energy once winter is over. People start to notice them in their yards, near flowerbeds, or buzzing around at garden centers and parks. Although the Mid-Atlantic is home to different types of bees, three common species cause issues for home and business owners.

Bumble Bees

A bumble bee has a rounded yellow and black body covered with fine hair. Queens are about three-quarters of an inch in length, but workers are about half that size. While females can sting multiple times, they only do so in self-defense. Since bumble bee colonies make their homes in the ground, residents and landscapers often see them when mowing or doing yard work.

Carpenter Bees

At around one inch in length, these insects are the biggest bees in the region. They look like large bumble bees with shiny black abdomens. These pests make small, pencil-sized holes and tunnels in wood to lay their eggs, often damaging the siding and fascia of buildings.

Males cannot sting, but they are territorial and will dive bomb people or animals that get too close to the nest. Females only attack invaders when threatened or injured.

Honey Bees

This bee has a hairy, half-inch long black body with yellow or orange stripes. They pollinate plants and make honey to store as food for the colder months. Honey bees sometimes nest in buildings and construct large combs. They can only sting once, but honey bees are not defensive unless threatened. Some people are allergic to their venom, and many find them frightening.

How to Deal with a Bee Problem

Although most are beneficial, bees can infest homes and other buildings and may deter customers from visiting businesses. Due to their agricultural importance, harming bees is illegal in some places. If you need assistance with a bee issue, contact the professionals at Western Pest Services for advice.

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