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Honey Bees


Size: Honey bees are typically about 0.5 to 0.6 inches (12 to 15 millimeters) in length.
Color: Honey bees are typically golden-yellow with brown bands.
Description: Honey bees are social insects that play a crucial role in pollinating crops and producing honey. Honey bees live in colonies consisting of a queen, workers, and drones, and have a highly organized social structure. They are known for their intricate communication methods and ability to navigate long distances using the sun and Earth’s magnetic field. Honey bees are important indicators of environmental health and are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, and disease.

Honey bees are known for their role as pollinators, and they play a crucial part in the production of many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They use their long, hairy tongues to collect nectar from flowers, which they bring back to their hives to create honey. In the process of gathering nectar, they also inadvertently transfer pollen from flower to flower, allowing plants to reproduce and produce fruit.

Honey bees have a highly organized social structure and are known for their intricate communication methods. They use pheromones, dance, and touch to communicate with each other and coordinate their activities.

Unfortunately, honey bees are facing numerous threats in today’s world. Habitat loss, pesticides, and disease are all contributing to a decline in honey bee populations worldwide. This is concerning, as honey bees are important indicators of environmental health, and their decline could have serious implications for our ecosystem and food supply.

Honey bees can be identified by their size, coloration, and behaviour. They are typically around 0.5 to 0.6 inches long and have a distinctive yellow-to-brown coloration with black stripes on their abdomen. They also have hairy bodies that can appear slightly golden or brownish in colour.

When you observe honey bees, you may notice that they are often seen in groups or colonies. They are social insects that live in organized colonies consisting of a queen, workers, and drones. You may also observe honey bees visiting flowers to collect nectar and pollen.

It is important to note that honey bees may be mistaken for other types of bees or wasps, such as yellow jackets or bumblebees. If you are unsure whether the insects you are observing are honey bees, you can always reach out to us at Bitch Fumigators for professional assistance with identification.

If you suspect you may have honey bees on your property, there are several signs to look out for:

  1. Presence of bees: The most obvious sign of honey bees is the presence of bees flying around your property, particularly around flowers or other sources of nectar and pollen.
  2. Hive or nest: Honey bees typically build their nests or hives in protected areas such as tree cavities, rock crevices, or hollow walls. Look for clusters of bees entering and exiting a hole or opening in a structure or for visible hives or nests.
  3. Buzzing sound: You may hear a buzzing sound near the place where the bees enter and exit their nest or hive.
  4. Honeycomb: If the bees have been present for some time, you may notice the presence of honeycomb or beeswax in the area surrounding their nest or hive.


If you suspect that you have honey bees on your property, it is important to contact us at Birch Fumigators for assistance. Honey bees are important pollinators and should be handled with care and respect to avoid harm to the bees or damage to the ecosystem.

While it is generally not recommended to actively deter honey bees since they are important pollinators and crucial to our ecosystem, some methods can help keep them away from certain areas if necessary:

  1. Remove food sources: Honey bees are attracted to flowers, so removing or limiting the number of flowering plants in the area can help deter them. However, this may not be practical or desirable in all situations.
  2. Use scents: Certain scents such as peppermint, lemongrass, and citronella may help repel honey bees. These scents can be used in the form of essential oils or candles, but it is important to note that they may also repel other beneficial insects and pollinators.
  3. Seal entrances: If you have a honey bee hive on your property that you do not want to disturb, sealing off any entrances or gaps in the structure may discourage bees from entering or leaving.
  4. Avoid wearing floral scents: If you are in an area where there are honey bees, it is recommended to avoid wearing perfumes or other scented products that may attract them.
  5. Plant bee-repelling plants: Certain plants, such as eucalyptus, mint, and wormwood, are believed to have repellent properties against honey bees. However, it is important to note that these plants may also repel other beneficial insects and pollinators, so use them with caution.


It is important to remember that honey bees are vital to our ecosystem and should not be actively deterred or harmed unless absolutely necessary. Instead, it is recommended to work with a local beekeeper or pest control professional to safely relocate any hives or colonies that may be causing issues.


est. 1900

Don't Let Bugs Get the Best of You


est. 1900

Don't Let Bugs Get the Best of You