CONTROL OF BEES
- It is necessary to know which group of bees, hornets, or wasps you are encountering
- Know their nesting habits
- The nest entrance for each colony should be located during the day
- Application should be done at night, when most of the adults are in the nest
- Use background lighting and bee veil
- Bees, hornets, and wasps are beneficial polinators of plants, reducing the numbers of many pest inects
- Adults feed on nectar, honeydew, sap, fruit juices, etc.
- Control should only be done where there is an immediate threat or when peace-of-mind is required
CHARACTERISTICS OF BEES
- Social types have a caste system of workers, queen, and males (drones)
- Colonies contain only the founding queen until mid-summer when many queens and males are produced
- Honey bees have only one functional queen at a time
- Paper wasps are the exception in that nests are founded by a dominate inseminated female that assumes the role of egg layer, attended by submissive females and daughters that serve as workers
- With the onset of cold weather, all die off leaving the inseminated queens to overwinter and start new colonies in the spring
- Honey bees are the exception in that the entire colony overwinters.