Question: Why are they called honey bees?
Answer: Honey bees get this name due to the honey they make from the nectar of flowers and use in food.
Question: How can I tell if they are honey bees?
Answer: You can tell by their orangish-brown-to-sometimes-black color, with body mostly covered with branched, pale hairs. Their eyes are hairy (unlike other bees). But the easiest way to tell is when you see thousands swarming around their nest keeping to themselves.
Question: Are they the same as the Africanized honey bees?
Answer: Absolutely not. Africanized bees are much more aggressive and sting with little provocation. The swarms alone may be dangerous. They will pursue their victim up to 328 feet whereas domestic bees pursue only about 33ft. Africanized honey bees are in the United States, but mainly found on the west coast.
Question: Where will they be nesting?
Answer: They can nest in trees, walls of houses, cinder-blocks, attics etc.
Question: How do they get into my home or office?
Answer: Honey bee nests can contain 20,000 to 80, 000 individual bees. With this many bees in a wall or a nearby tree, finding them in a room is not uncommon. When they do nest in the wall of a house, they make their hive, which is full of honey, right in the wall and many will get into adjoining rooms.
Question: Do they bite?
Answer: Honey bees are not aggressive and will not look for something to attack. They are on the defensive and will attack when their colony is threatened.
Question: What do they feed on?
Answer: Honey bees feed on flowers etc. for pollen, nectar, and propolis or bee glue.
Question: Does Arrow offer programs to treat honey bees?
Answer: Since Honeybees are on the decline and are beneficial, we recommend that they be transported to a different location by a professional bee keeper. You can contact www.longislandbeekeepers.org for assistance.
Honey bees are very social insects with a mature colony measuring up to 80,000 individual bees. The population of the entire colony over-winters. One queen mates once, lays eggs and lives in the hive. She can lay up to 2000 eggs per day, and can live up to 5 years. She produces pheromones which control which and how many new queens she produces. Young workers build the comb, care for the young, provide ventilation for the hive and guard the hive entrance. Older workers serve as foragers and gather pollen, nectar, and propolis (bee glue). The workers will only live up to 7 weeks unless born in the autumn, then they over-winter. Drones (male workers) live only a few short weeks. The colony will swarm primarily when the nest begins to get too large or the queen begins to wane or fail. She will produce new queens and leave the nest with a large number of workers.