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 

ABOUT BEES

  • 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. 

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