Bees are in the media a lot more than ever due to the decreasing numbers of honey bees, a docile member of the ecosystem that helps keep the wheels in motion in a rather big way. Bees also come in carpenter, killer, bumble and many other varieties. But, are they all really friends of ours, or are some just piggy-backing on the honeybee’s good name?
Honeybees are known for being very gentle, only stinging humans in defense or if provoked. They have their namesake for being our source of honey production, as they are the creators of the honey we eat. A part of their production process includes the pollination of several of our crops (such as onions, celery and broccoli).
Bumblebees are much larger than honeybees and have baffled many with their ability to fly despite having such small wings. Like honeybees, they generally do not sting unless provoked, but unlike them, do not die after doing so. They do make honey, but not as much as the honeybee. Rather, they are known for being fantastic contributors to pollination due to their larger design allowing for more transfer, as well as a wingbeat speed of 130 per second -- a combination that induces buzz pollination, a phenomenon that helps produce more.
Carpenter Bees are often confused as bumblebees due to their similar appearance. They get their namesake for having a preference of wood as a dwelling. Also known to be gentile towards humans unless provoked, they are territorial defenders towards other insects, including wasps. As a small colony can live with minimal damage to a spare plank of wood, many people opt to let these bees move in as a way to get the more aggressive wasps (particularly red wasps) to move out.
Killer Bees are famous for being hostile and aggressive beyond control. They are a hybrid that is actually named the Africanized Bee. Intended to be an evolutionary step-up of the honey bee that could better survive the harsh winter climates and produce honey in larger quantities, they just became all of that in Hulk form. They are so violent that they will wait for someone who has jumped into water to come up for air rather than just leave.
Friend or Foe?
The Africanized Bee is always a clear foe. The others can vary on a case-by-case basis (unless allergies dictate otherwise). To see if your case may be friend or foe, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Dayton's Pest Control today.