Honey Bee Relocation | Safe Bee Removal | Acton, MA

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All attempts will be made by Bee Busters, Inc. to safely relocate honeybees from your property.

  • Can even drill in lawn furniture

  • Will not leave you alone when provoked, he will match your every move

  • Likes to hover in one place for long periods of time

  • Approximately 730 species of carpenter bees

  • Travel long distances and visit many different flower types

  • Are mainly active at dawn and dusk during the summer

  • Female bee will stand guard at the nest entry hole

  • She will defend her nest aggressively

  • Once she has drilled her nest she will forage during the day to supply food for her young

  • Male bees hang around flowers hoping to find a receptor female. They “buzz” loudly to attract her which makes people feel they are being attacked with the sound of the "buzz"

  • Males do not have stingers, females have stingers and are rarely interested in you

  • Old nests are used year after year, problems escalate quickly if treatment not handled

  • The larvae of the bee are large and noisy, they make enough noise to attract woodpeckers

  • The female will tunnel into the wood just a short distance (approximately ½ to 1-inch) and then turn and tunnel along the grain of the wood. In this tunnel, which could extend 6 to 18 inches long, she will place a mixture of pollen and nectar upon which she lays an egg. She then seals off that portion of the tunnel and repeats this process until the tunnel is full. The eggs hatch into larvae and will develop through the summer. The larvae matures into adults and emerge in the late summer

  • A carpenter bee infestation is often first detected by finding large amounts of sawdust on the ground below the area being drilled

  • Activities of numerous bees can cause considerable damage

  • After the holes of the bees have been treated by a professional, sealing is recommended once all eggs hatch out to prevent wood rot, water damage or the attraction of other pests

Bumble Bees

  • Nests consist of honeypots which are comb and brood cells made from waxy materials

  • Honeypots store the pollen and nectar as well as being a depository for eggs

  • The queen sits on her eggs like a brooding hen sipping honey from her pots waiting for her offspring to hatch, when workers emerge her receptor is used for nectar

  • Population varies from year to year depending on environmental factors

  • The larger workers maintain the covering over the nest and collect food while smaller ones care for the young larvae and do the inside work

  • Unlike wasps, they are very docile and non-aggressive and will go about their business with little attention to human activities, even when you are close to their nests

  • If a colony is unearthed or disturbed it should be left alone and simply covered over again. The bees will quickly repair any damage and carry on as before

  • Superior to other bees in pollinating red clover, since they have a tongue that is 2.5MM (0.1 IN) longer than that of honey bees

Carpenter Bees

All attempts will be made by Bee Busters, Inc. to safely relocate honeybees from your property.

  • If stung, remove the stinger by scraping and NOT by pulling. Venom sacs continue to pump fluid in until the stinger is removed

  • Native Americans called honey bees “the white man’s fly” because they were brought to North America by Colonists

  • Honey bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10 to 12 million years

  • The oldest record of beekeeping is from 6000 BC, from a rock painting in Spain

  • Honey bees appeared on earth during the pre-cretaceous period, about 140 to 170 million years ago

  • They did not exist during the time of the dinosaurs

  • Without the work of honey bees the pollination of many plants, flowers, fruits, etc. would not occur

  • Bees have been affected by disease and parasites, including mites. This has severely decreased their population of the honey bees. These mites were discovered on imported bees in the early 1920’s and importation was stopped. However, in 1984, the mite was again discovered and has been an ongoing task to kill in more than ½ of all honey bee hives. Over 200 million hives have been purposely destroyed to prevent the further spread of the mites. This, however, has yet to be successful

  • A honey bee colony includes the queen (fertile female), workers (infertile females) and drones (males)

  • There is only one egg-laying queen in a hive. Her lifespan is 2 – 8 years. She can produce 1000 to 3000 eggs in one day. Queen larvae are reared in special peanut-like cells and fed more pharyngeal gland secretions than the worker larvae. These secretions are called bee milk or royal jelly. The precise mechanism for this caste differentiation is still unclear. She flies to mate to attract a drone by the use of pheromones

  • The bulk of the hive consists of infertile female workers. They forage for nectar and pollen, protect the hive against enemies, and produce wax and honey. Worker bees live for 7 to 8 weeks

  • The drones’ sole purpose in life is to mate with the queen. Once they do this they die. Drones develop by the parthenogenesis from unfertilized eggs that the queen produces by withholding sperm from the eggs laid in large drone cells. They are unneeded members of the hive in late fall and are pushed out of the hive by the queen and workers, and are often found dead at the base of the hive, frozen. New drones are produced in the spring for mating. They tend to buzz ferociously but lack a stinger so they are harmless

  • Unlike popular belief, honey bees do not hibernate in the winter. They last out the cold winter by feeding on stored supplies and sharing their body heat, clustering together in a dense pack

  • The honey bee flies about 15-miles per hour

Honey Bees

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  • Honey bees are 3/8 to 3/4 inches long, they rarely sting unless provoked

  • A honey bee stings once and then die because the stinger, which has a barb at the end of it, gets lodged in the victim and pulls apart her abdomen after she flies away

  • An average hive can consist of 30,000 to 60,000 bees

  • She is small, hairy, yellowish brown in color. She can sometimes be dark brown or black as well

  • Resemble bumble bees but the abdomen is entirely black and shiny

  • Drill holes that are 3/8th-inch in diameter into wood

  • Common drilling areas are decks, eaves, and siding

  • Can be a nuisance to homeowners and can cause structural damage in a severely affected and infested area

  • Can more often affect unfinished wood, older painted wood that is stained or waterproofed

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  • Family Apidae or social bees

  • Survive annually, will die out each autumn leaving only young mated queens to survive the winter and start new colonies next spring

  • Large queens found after the early spring are busy feeding and searching for nesting sites after their long hibernation

  • The bee is 3/8 to 7/8 inches long, robust, hairy, and can sting many times

  • Often found nesting in compost piles, underground, in mossy coverings, and old animal holes

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  • Looks like other honey bees.

  • Are more aggressive.

  • Swarm more often.

  • Attack in large numbers.

  • Nest closer to the ground than European honey bees

  • Are located in warmer temperatures of the country and are moving further north each year.

  • Will pursue an intruder for the length of a football field, while a European honey bee will only pursue an intruder for about 1/10th of that distance.

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