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Honey bees are an extremely beneficial insect. They are a social insect credited with more than 100 pollinated crops in the United States. While honey bees are great for your flowers and gardens, they do sting. However, they are not generally aggressive insects and do not usually sting unless provoked.

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What do honey bees look like?

Honey bees are usually dark brown with yellow stripes. They have thick, oval-shaped bodies and they look hairy. They have antennae, wings, and 6 legs.

Quick honey bee facts

  • Pollinate a wide variety of crops including cucumbers, plums, and almonds

  • Often die because they've worn their wings out

  • Female and male honey bees mate in the air

  • Stings are painful and can be life-threatening for some individuals

Are honey bees dangerous?

Honey bees are not an aggressive stinging insect. Generally speaking, if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. If they are provoked or think their nest may be in danger, they will go on the defense and sting. Unlike others of their nature, these stinging insects can only sting once. Their sting has the potential to cause an allergic reaction for people who have an allergy to stinging insects. If the stinger is not removed it can be quite painful.

Does Aiken remove honey bees?

We do! In fact, we suggest if you have a nest on your property you call us immediately to get it removed safely. We offer a free inspection with no obligation. We also offer quarterly pest control service visits to make sure those honeybees don’t set up their nest on your property again next spring. For more information regarding honey bees, bee control, or help for other stinging insects, contact us today!

 
 
 

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