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Bee Species in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Many types of bees can thrive in local neighborhoods. Common species include honey bees, bumble bees, and carpenter bees. While these helpful insects pollinate a variety of plants, a nest or hive near the home can be dangerous or damaging. The specific problems that result will depend on the bee species.

Common Types of Bees

Honey Bees

Honey bees are social insects that live in large colonies. Queens lay eggs, while female workers are in charge of gathering pollen, protecting hives, and caring for young. Drones are large males that mate and die shortly afterward.

Many conflicts between people and honey bees occur when humans threaten their hives. These nests, often built in hollow trees, under decks, or inside wall voids, are easy to stumble upon by accident. This bee species has venom that can cause severe reactions in those with allergies. However, honey bees die after only one sting.

Bumble Bees

This type of bee reproduces through a single queen. While honey bees are small, slender, and only slightly furry in appearance, bumble bees are robust, broad, and hairy. Their coloration may combine black and yellow, red, or orange. They nest underground and will sting multiple times to defend their colonies.

Carpenter Bees

Similar in size to bumble bees, carpenter bees live inside wood, like structural beams in homes. These pests do not eat timber, but cause problems by digging galleries inside. Females can sting to protect their nests, but the most frequent carpenter bee issue is property damage. This kind of bee may be all black or black and yellow with a thick body.

Humane Bee Removal

Because many types of bees are an important part of the ecosystem, relocation, and exclusion are the ideal solutions to an infestation. However, most homeowners are not well equipped to safely handle bees. Not only can these insects sting, but their nests may cause additional damage to homes and attract other wildlife.

The best option to deal with any bee species is to contact a professional. The team at Western Pest Services has the right tools and experience for the job.