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Honey Bees

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  • Honey bees are usually honey toned or darker, with some fur.
  • They are not native to North America, but originate from the Mediterranean region.
  • Bees communicate the location and distance of food sources by a series of "waggle dances".
  • Factoid: it takes 556 worker bees flying 35,584 miles to produce one pound of honey.
  • All comb and honey must be thoroughly removed from inside structures, and opening walls to do this requires a professional possessing a contractor registration with the state -- which Trey has.
  • Under certain conditions, thousands of bees will leave their colony location and fly to a new home. They often land in several places along the way as scouts look for a new home. They are seen as brown masses of insects wherever they land to rest.
  • Swarms may be either docile or aggressive, and must always be approached with caution. If bees have been away from their original home for more than two days, they may become very fiesty and apt to sting when agitated.
  • Trey can remove swarms, capturing them alive and successfully relocating them.
  • They may make a nest in attics or exterior walls, but never in crawl spaces or underground.
  • If honey bees are inside a wall, Trey is licensed as a contractor and can open the wall to remove them alive and perform repairs.
  • As part of the repairs, Trey recommends painting the inside of a wall after a honey bee colony is removed, using an alcohol based paint primer to help seal in the honey bee odor. This will help prevent other bees from detecting that a colony was there earlier, and not attract them to invade the house to start a new colony.
  • Honey bees are susceptible to a long list of parasites and deadly pathogens, all of which beekeepers must monitor and treat as appropriate.
  • Scientists continue research to determine the cause(s) of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that is kiling bees worldwide. Progress is being made, however, no clear scientific consensus has emerged.
  • A paper published in "Cancer Prevention Research" found a compound isolated from propolis, a resin compound made by bees to patch holes in the colony box, has the effect of stopping the division of prostate cancer cells. Clinical trials could pave the way for human use.

Honey Bees require experienced intervention – Call Bee Control Northwest at 425-941-5001