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How many species of bees can be found in California? If you guessed over one thousand, you are correct! There are more than one thousand species of bees in our state. Most of them are considered solitary bees, ones that do not live together in colonies. The rest are considered bumblebees. There are several species… The post California Bees: Bumblebees and Carpenter Bees appeared first on Live Bee...
How many species of bees can be found in California? If you guessed over one thousand, you are correct! There are more than one thousand species of bees in our state. Most of them are considered solitary bees, ones that do not live together in colonies. The rest are considered bumblebees.
There are several species that are much more common than the others: bumblebees, European honeybees, Africanized honeybees and carpenter bees. Today we will talk about two of the species that are often mistaken for each other: bumblebees and carpenter bees.
Let’s learn more about these species so you can better identify them this summer.
There are 49 species of bumblebees living in the United States. They get their name from the noise they make when inside a flower! Bumblebees usually live in nests of about 15 to 100 bees. But they don’t make their homes in the beehives that we usually see hanging from branches or in the eaves of a roof. Bumblebees make their nests in the ground in unused holes from mammals or in other low-lying locations.
Bumblebees pollinate a variety of flowers and are specifically beneficial for tomato farmers. And although they can sting, bumblebees rarely do. But be careful – if you handle them or get too close to their nest, they can become aggressive, stinging you several times.
Bumblebees are twice as large as honeybees. They have thick black and yellow hair covering their bodies and look sort of fuzzy. When collecting pollen, they actually use the sound of their wings to transfer the pollen from the flower to their bodies and into the pollen baskets that are found on their legs.
Carpenter bees are known to be docile yet destructive. These bees get their name because they make holes in wood in order to build their nests. You may commonly see these holes in dead wood and wooden structures like sheds. A telltale sign of a carpenter bee nest? A pile of sawdust under a perfectly drilled hole!
Carpenter bees also have another behavior that is not liked by many. Due to their size (they are about 1 inch in length), they cannot fit into many smaller flowers to gather nectar. But instead of moving on to larger food sources, they chew tiny holes in the side of the flowers, removing the nectar for their meal. The downside to this? They are not participating in pollination by sneaking the nectar out of the side door!
Carpenter bees look very similar to bumblebees, which is why they are often confused. They have the same thick black and yellow hair; however, carpenter bees do not have any hair on their abdomens. Instead, they have a black and shiny abdomen.
Hopefully, you can now tell the difference between a bumblebee and a carpenter bee. Although they look similar, the appearance of their abdomens is the key to telling these bees apart. Both of these species of bees are harmless unless provoked.
If you feel that your bees are causing a nuisance or safety hazard, be sure to call the professionals at D-Tek Live Bee Removal rather than attempting to remove them yourself. The expert bee removal technicians at D-Tek Live Bee Removal can assess your bee situation and recommend the best course of action.
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When we think “queen bee,” we often think of the one in charge or the boss of a situation. And although this term is used pretty often in pop culture, it’s actually not quite the truth. The queen bee is a unique and extremely important member of the beehive. But she isn’t really in charge… The post 3 Fun Facts About the Queen Bee appeared first on Live Bee...
When we think “queen bee,” we often think of the one in charge or the boss of a situation. And although this term is used pretty often in pop culture, it’s actually not quite the truth. The queen bee is a unique and extremely important member of the beehive. But she isn’t really in charge at all!
The queen bee is truly fascinating and we’re excited to share some of our favorite facts about this special bee. Did you know that a queen can lay up to 1,500 eggs a day? And that’s not even the most exciting thing about the queen bee!
The queen bee is the largest bee in the colony. Her abdomen is long compared to the drones and worker bees because it contains ovaries that allow her to accomplish her most important job. Young queens look much like worker bees. However, as the queen ages, her abdomen will grow in preparation for her new role.
In the springtime when the colony is preparing to swarm, queens will shrink in size. Usually, worker bees will feed the queen to keep her healthy and strong for her egg-laying duties. However, prior to swarming, the worker bees will begin to feed her less.
Why? Because this is one of the very few times that the queen will need to take flight. In fact, the typical queen honey bee will only leave the hive to mate and swarm. Her decreased bodyweight will help make the flight to a new hive easier and safer for the queen.
Typically, worker bees don’t make just one queen. They usually make more than one in order to increase the odds of raising a healthy queen bee. But, there can only be one queen. Rival queen bees will fight each other until only one remains. Queen bees use their smooth stingers to kill their rivals.
The good news for us is that queens almost never sting humans. The primary reason is that they rarely leave the hive and so they don’t come in contact with humans very often. Another interesting fact is that worker bees (whose job it is to protect the colony) have barbed stingers. This feature allows the stinger to stick securely inside our skin, letting the bee release the stinger and venom into its victim.
Queen bees release pheromones which are unique odors that help bees communicate. The queen will release her pheromones throughout the colony so that the workers can recognize her and communicate with her.
Much of what happens in the hive is controlled by pheromones. As a queen bee ages, she begins to release fewer pheromones and produce fewer eggs. Once this starts to happen, the colony will make a new queen as her replacement.
The inhabitants of beehives are so interesting due to the complex ways in which bees communicate and the unique role that each bee plays. The queen is undoubtedly special within the hive. In fact, she spends the majority of her life inside the hive laying eggs. She doesn’t even feed or clean herself – the workers do it for her!
We are fascinated by bees and love sharing our knowledge with others who are interested in learning about what goes on in their resident beehive or swarm. If you own a home or business that has a bee problem, it’s important that you contact professional technicians who use safe and humane methods of live bee removal.
D-Tek Live Bee Removal has a reputation in San Diego for being experts in the fields of bee removal and bee repair. When you need the best, you’ve got to call the professionals at D-Tek Live Bee Removal.
We all know (and love) honey. It’s the perfect addition to our tea and oatmeal and it’s even great on its own as a healthy and sweet snack. Honey is also commonly used as a facial or hair mask, known for its exceptional moisturizing and antibacterial qualities. Honey has been around for quite a while!… The post What is Honey and How Is It Made? appeared first on Live Bee...
We all know (and love) honey. It’s the perfect addition to our tea and oatmeal and it’s even great on its own as a healthy and sweet snack. Honey is also commonly used as a facial or hair mask, known for its exceptional moisturizing and antibacterial qualities.
Honey has been around for quite a while! One of the first fossilized honeycombs dates back to about 3 million years ago. There are even records of humans removing honey from a hive in Spain dating back to about 15,000 years ago.
And while we all know that bees make honey, do you know what honey is and how it’s actually made?
Honey is a golden liquid that is produced by bees using the nectar they collect from flowers and other plants. Honey is a truly fascinating substance, but first let’s talk about how bees produce honey in the first place.
During the warmer months, bees are busy collecting nectar from flowers and storing it in their stomachs. Nectar, a sugary liquid, becomes a very hardy substance when it is mixed with all of the enzymes found in the stomach of a bee. This is good news, because the nectar will need to be stored in the honeycomb for the winter months. More about this later!
After filling up with nectar, a bee heads back to the hive where it will pass along the nectar to another bee by regurgitating it into her mouth. Eventually, the nectar will make its way to the honeycomb. At this point, the nectar is still very much a liquid, not like the honey that we are used to. In order to remove the excess liquid in the nectar, bees will begin to vigorously move their wings, fanning the nectar and evaporating the water.
Now honey is in a sustainable form, sealed away in the honeycomb for the bees to use for food in the winter months.
Honey is remarkable in so many ways. Its color, texture and taste vary depending on the flower where the bee got its nectar. Different types of honey include clover, linden, buckwheat and eucalyptus – just to name a few.
There are a ton of interesting facts about honey. Here are just a couple more of our favorites!
Honey Won’t Go Bad
Honey is one food you won’t have to worry about spoiling. In fact, it has been reported that honey has been found intact in Egyptian tombs dating back several thousand years.
Why doesn’t it spoil? Honey is acidic. It’s also very low in moisture (remember the wing flapping thing mentioned above?) and so it is an antibacterial substance.
Honey is Medicine
Because of its naturally antibacterial properties, honey has been used as medicine since the days of Mesopotamia. Honey can help heal wounds and treat dandruff and allergies. It has also been used to treat acne and other skin conditions.
If you are looking for beautifully natural, raw honey from local San Diego bees, look no further! We sell 100% raw honey all year round for use in cooking, baking and home health and beauty remedies.
Contact us to learn more about our delicious honey!
And for all of your live bee removal needs, think D-Tek Live Bee Removal first. We specialize in the humane removal of swarms and hives from residential and commercial properties. When you are in need of the best, the professional bee removal technicians at D-Tek Live Bee Removal are here to help.
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Warmer weather means outdoor barbeques, baseball games and dips in the pool. But it can also mean swarming bees and beehives! When you are startled by an unexpected hive or frightened by a huge swarm, you will probably wonder how to handle the situation safely and without getting a nasty bee sting. Honey bees are… The post How To Handle a Beehive on Your Property appeared first on Live Bee...
Warmer weather means outdoor barbeques, baseball games and dips in the pool. But it can also mean swarming bees and beehives! When you are startled by an unexpected hive or frightened by a huge swarm, you will probably wonder how to handle the situation safely and without getting a nasty bee sting.
Honey bees are valuable pollinators, so you should never consider trying to kill them. Many conservation agencies, beekeepers and live bee removal experts are working tirelessly to stop the unfortunate decline of honey bees. There are plenty of resources out there to help you if you’re not sure how to remove your swarm or beehive. Don’t resort to exterminating these amazing little creatures!
So, what steps should you take if you find a beehive in or around your home or a swarm on your property? At D-Tek Live Bee Removal, we want to help you handle any bee situation safely and humanely. Here are some tips for handling your next bee visitors.
Honey bees are generally pretty docile unless they sense that their hive or queen is in danger. It is never a good idea to poke a beehive or to throw objects such as rocks or baseballs at them. Keeping a safe distance from a hive will decrease the chances of an unwelcome sting or being chased by angry bees.
Anyone who is allergic to bee stings should definitely steer clear of a beehive. In fact, it is also smart to bring your pets inside too. Swarms of bees generally don’t bother humans or animals, since they don’t have a hive to protect. But as we mentioned, bees in a hive have a lot at stake so they can get angry when provoked.
Sometimes the sight of a large number of bees buzzing around is the only sign that there is a hive located on your property. It is important to find the exact location of the hive so you can identify where the bees are coming from and then avoid that area. If the hive is somewhere in your home, be sure to avoid blocking access to the hive. This could encourage the bees to migrate to other areas of your home, causing more damage and hassle.
Whatever you do, do not spray the hive with any chemicals, pesticides or anything that will harm the bees. These chemicals are bad for the continued growth of the bee population.
Bee removal is a difficult and dangerous job. That’s why it’s important to call the professionals. In order to remove them humanely, you need a team of experts that know how to handle bees and mitigate any potential harm and damage because of them. Plus, when it’s not done properly, bees are likely to come back.
D-Tek has been in the live bee removal business for over 15 years, so we know what they are doing. Not only can we rehome your honey bees with a local beekeeper, but we can also help you repair any damage that the bees have caused. The techniques we use ensure that bees won’t come back to the same place twice, so you can have peace of mind knowing that they won’t come back.
If you are in need of live bee removal in San Diego or San Diego County, you should call D-Tek Live Bee Removal today. Our skilled team of live bee removal experts will give you a free, custom quote for your specific situation.
We love to help our customers safely remove bees from their properties, homes or businesses. Give us a call today!
At D-Tek Live Bee Removal, we love bees! We find them to be endlessly fascinating creatures. And we are not alone – bees are one of the most studied animals due to the vital role they play in our ecosystem. On our blog, we talk a lot about honey bees: their behavior, the effect they… The post 13 Fascinating Facts About Bees appeared first on Live Bee...
At D-Tek Live Bee Removal, we love bees! We find them to be endlessly fascinating creatures. And we are not alone – bees are one of the most studied animals due to the vital role they play in our ecosystem.
On our blog, we talk a lot about honey bees: their behavior, the effect they have on our world and the safest and most humane methods for live bee removal. In this post, we want to simply celebrate the amazing bee by sharing some of our favorite bee facts. There is always more to learn about the honey bee!
While many people think of bees as a pest, we hope that learning some of these honey bee facts helps to put them in a different light. If you have a bee colony living on your property, do not attempt to remove them on your own. Bee removal can be dangerous work – don’t risk your safety. Call the professionals at D-Tek Live Bee Removal.
D-Tek Live Bee Removal is your local bee removal expert, specializing in safe and humane live bee removal in San Diego and throughout San Diego County. We completely remove your bees and the honeycomb so you don’t have to worry about the bees returning to the same place in the future. You can feel confident knowing that your bees will be rehomed with one of our trusted local beekeepers.
For bee removal, bee repairs and bee proofing at your home or business, call our team today at 760-224-3040 for a free and instant quote.
Spring has sprung in San Diego! With the warmer weather finally here, you may start to notice big bunches of bees in your neighborhood. Since we are entering swarm season, we thought we’d talk a little about the difference between a swarm and a colony and what to do if you encounter either of these… The post Swarms and Colonies: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Live Bee...
Spring has sprung in San Diego! With the warmer weather finally here, you may start to notice big bunches of bees in your neighborhood. Since we are entering swarm season, we thought we’d talk a little about the difference between a swarm and a colony and what to do if you encounter either of these bee formations.
Swarms are actually an integral part of the bee reproductive cycle. They look like big clusters of bees flying close together because that’s what they are! Usually in the springtime, the queen and about half of the worker bees leave their hive behind in search of a new one. While the scout bees look for prime bee real estate, the rest of the bees swarm together in wait.
You will typically see swarms in trees or bushes, or even on mailboxes and fences. Swarms can stick around for just a few hours, or even a few weeks. Bee swarms have nothing to protect while they are looking for a new nest location – no honey, brood or beeswax. Because of this, they are usually very docile and unlikely to sting unless disturbed.
A colony is when a bunch of bees – sometimes up to 50,000 – are living happily in their hive. After the scout bees find a suitable site for their new nest, the swarm moves in and begins to set up shop. They build comb to store honey and pollen and house the larvae and the pupa.
Bee colonies can be located anywhere, including in places we don’t want them, like the walls of our home or other structures. Because the bees now have something to defend, they may be a little more aggressive and could potentially sting if they feel that their hive is being threatened.
A large number of bees clustered together can be unnerving and downright scary! But because of how important bees are to our ecosystem, it is important to know what to do if you happen to encounter a large swarm or bee colony.
Swarms might look dangerous, but they are generally pretty easygoing. After all, they do not have a home, honey or baby bees to protect. If you do see a swarm on your property, just be patient. They will be on their way in a few hours or a few weeks. Do not attempt to move them on your own or spray them with any chemicals. If they sense a threat, they may still sting. If the bees are in a location that is potentially dangerous, call D-Tek Live Bee removal for help safely relocate the swarm.
Colonies are a slightly different story. If you have a bee colony that has shacked up in your wall, chimney, attic, shed or another area that is potentially unsafe, do not attempt to spray them or remove them yourself. They can become aggressive when they sense a threat. The best course of action is to call a professional live bee removal expert to assess the hive and help you determine the best remedy.
D-Tek Live Bee Removal not only removes and rehomes the bees, but they are experts at repairing damage from the removal of the hive. Any good bee removal company will also be sure to remove the remaining beeswax to deter bees from coming back or attracting rodents.
Whether you have a swarm or a colony, D-Tek Live Bee Removal is your trusted source for humane live bee removal. Our experts can remove your bees and rehome them with a local beekeeper so you know that you are doing your part to keep bees safe.
Contact D-Tek Live Bee Removal when you need bee removal, bee repairs or bee proofing at your San Diego home or business. Our team is ready to help you figure out the best solution for your bee problem!
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