The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and yellow jackets are out with a vengeance working diligently to harvest nectar from the buds. Bee problems are common this time of year. There are things you can do to avoid a bee sting, protect your home and backyard from bee hives.
Where do bees build their hives?
When honeybees establish their colony, sometimes they divide, meaning one or more swarms leave the beehive. As a result, the new swarm gathers together on a bush or tree limb close to the original hive while “scout bees” look for a good place to create a new home. Often, scout bees discover a hollow tree to make a new hive. Sometimes they choose a chimney or empty walls inside someone’s home. Bees prefer to nest in an attic or walls a healthy distance from where they actually entered the home, therefore making it more difficult to find and remove the bee hive.
How are bee hives made?
Worker bees only survive for about six weeks. During their short lifespan, they perform a variety of tasks to sustain the bee colony. When a worker bee turns ten days old, she produces a special, wax-making gland within her abdomen. Worker bees collect nectar from various flowering plants. When the bee carries nectar inside their pollen pouch, it mixes with the unique enzyme. Upon returning to the beehive, it transfers the rich nectar from her tongue onto another worker bee’s tongue, at which point the nectar turns into honey.
The glands of a worker bee change honey’s sugar contents into wax, which squeezes through the small pores of the bee to create small waxy flakes on their abdomens. The worker bees chew the small pieces of wax until they eventually become moldable and soft, and add the supple, chewy wax to the structure of the honeycomb. The honeycomb’s hexagonal cells are used to accommodate larvae as well as other brood while storing honey, pollen, and nectar.
How long does it take for bees to build a hive?
A bee colony can establish a working hive with comb within one month, A beehive is never actually completed since bees keep expanding the beehive along with its food storage until winter hits.
How much honey does the average beehive hold?
According to bee experts, the average bee will make one-twelfth of an entire teaspoon of honey throughout its entire life. How much actual honey can one beehive make? One average beehive can generate 60 pounds of raw honey in an especially good season. However, an average hive usually makes about 20-30 pounds of honey overall.
What are the dangers of beehives near or around your home?
Most people feel threatened when a bee colony establishes a hive in their backyard, and for good reason. A beehive in the backyard can in fact be dangerous. There’s always the possibility of getting stung. However, for some people a bee sting is a serious situation if there allergic to them. Also, bees can cause property damage as well. Honey ferments, leaks through walls and ceilings causing damage not unlike water damage. Avoid any risk of bee sting or property damage by hiring a pest control removal service to eradicate the bee hive safely.