The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Bees

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When it comes to bugs, sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones are bad, and which ones you should keep around.  The best example of this is with bees—while some that you may want to whack (like the carpenter bee, for example) there are others that you should do your best to leave alone, as their job is to make the ecosystem a wonderful and functioning place.  Keep on reading to learn which bees you should keep, and how you can identify them!

The Good Bees: Pollinators

Since it’s 2018, we’re sure that you’ve heard the call to “save the bees” by now, and there’s good reason as to why it’s a movement.  As pollinators, they are able help grow the plants we (and many other animals) love to eat—not to mention make the delicious honey we love.  To put this in perspective, the American Beekeeping Federation estimates that honey bees alone contribute to $15 billion in US crop production.  Once you realize that the honey bee is just one kind of pollinating bee out there, you begin to understand just how important these critters are.

So, should you see some bees flying around your garden or backyard, chances are that you’re safe (and even better off) to leave them alone.  Bumblebees and honey bees are relatively common in our area, so no need to fret. In fact, your backyard may thank you for it.

The Bad Bees/Wasps: Aggressors/Damagers

Now, as you know, not all flying critters are the ones that you want hanging around your house.  Some are great, but others (like wasps and hornets) can cause some unnecessary stings. In addition, there are some bees that you should try to steer clear from, like carpenter bees.  If you happen to own a wooden deck, then we are sure that you are no stranger to these guys who have an insatiable appetite for wood. Yet even if you are without a deck, carpenter bees can cause quite the ruckus inside your home, should they get inside.

The best way to tell hornets and wasps away from bees is through the shape of their body: bees are much more circular, whereas wasps and hornets have an hourglass shape to them.  In addition, wasp nests are pretty easy to identify, as they look like they are made of a paper-like substance (hence why some wasps are known was “paper wasps”). For carpenter bees, they have a much more circular body than the average bee, and have a very dark abdomen.

The Ugly: Bee Beards

Yes, bee beards are a thing.  No, we do not recommend that you try it at home.  Instead, watch how this guy did it with the help of a beekeeper here!

Bees can be great, bees can be a nuisance, and bees can even be ugly.  Yet, no matter what kind of bee or wasp you find yourself running into, there’s no need to do it alone.  When you have a tried and tested pest control agency behind you, you are always good to go.

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