Honey bees are beneficial insects, and we recommend protecting them. For another bite of flying insect control products, please see wasp and killer hornet or yellow jacket control.
Bees are usually associated with two things: honey and stings. While their bites can be painful, most bees act as essential pollinators around the world. Bees are a significant and beneficial insect for crops and gardens, not only pollination but also the production of honey. Most of the time, the bees I encounter will not be a nuisance, and knowing more about bees can be helpful in determining how to get rid of bees. Below is an overview of the bees commonly found. Wasps, hornets and yellow wasps are often mistaken for bees, but they are very different and may require various control measures.
Bees. The bees are the most important of the bees; who are responsible for the pollination of many of the crops in the United States. These bees are only about ½ inch long, brown to black in appearance, with brown striped abdomens. They produce honey and beeswax, which is used in commercial production. These bees will leave an embedded stinger (unlike other bees) and can become a problem if they begin to nest in an area close to the people.
Bumblebees. These bees are important pollinators that make nests underground. While they feed on nectar and pollen, they do not produce honey. They are ¾- 1 ½ inch long with a diffuse abdomen, black and yellow. They sting only to protect their nests and can hurt several times. Habitat modification is the best control if these bees become a problem.…