Honeybees

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Honeybees are beneficial, social insects commonly found in Spring and early Summer, pollinating plants and trees. They’re the only social insect whose colony can survive for several years. These small insects have a lot of hair which helps them collect pollen to feed their developing colony. Honeybees are seldom aggressive and since they have barbed stingers, they’re only able to sting once, and unfortunately, they die shortly after.

 Size 1/2 in
 Color Golden yellow with brown bands
 Body Structure Head, thorax, and abdomen with a stinger.
 Characteristics Unlike some other insects, honeybees do not hibernate, but rather remain active in their colonies during winter months, huddling together to share body heat and consuming honey for nourishment. The intricate, well-known honeycomb structure found within colonies are constructed by drones to house the queen’s eggs.
 Habitat & Behavior Nests are commonly found in nature in hollow logs, trees, or rock formations, but occasionally honeybees may build a nest in the eaves, attic, chimney, or wall voids of structures. In general, honeybees are not patently aggressive, even when they swarm during warmer months. However, if provoked, they will attack, stinging or giving chase to an aggressor.
 Commonly Active Spring / Summer
 Prevention & Treatment As noted, honeybees are not overly aggressive unless provoked. That said, if a nest has been built in close proximity to your home, you do run the risk of being stung when honeybees swarm. For those who experience allergic reactions to stings, the results could be fatal. For this reason, you should contact a pest professional to take the proper course of action, whether it be relocating the hive or extermination, to prevent possibly dangerous stings.