Bees

Bumble Bee

  • Classification of service:  covered under our regular service if it’s not an infestation (one of two).
  • These bees are shiny and slick in color (color variation).
  • These bees bore into the ground and nest.
  • If disturbed, they can be very aggressive as opposed to a carpenter bee who will do a “drive-by” and not sting you.  Bumble bees will sting especially if they fell threatened which commonly happens with vibration i.e. lawnmower.

 

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

  • Classification of service:  covered under our regular if it’s not an infestation (one or two).
  • Usually confused with a bumble bee which is shiny and slick versus fuzzy and dull in color.
  • These bees bore into soft wood and nest. 
  • They are commonly seen in cedar trim (i.e. arbors, exterior cedar pergolas).
  • A carpenter bee can progress and turn into a severe problem if not caught early and gotten under control.  Treatment can be extensive depending on severity.

 

Honey Bee

  • Classification of service:  call us for our Beekeeper referral
  • These bees are a brownish black in color with light yellow stripes on the abdomen.
  • There are several varieties of these bees.
  • The primary job of this bee is to collect and deliver pollen and nectar.
  • Usually homeowners will call us when they see a swarm.  Usually the swarm looks like a cluster of grapes because they are protecting their moving queen and does not stay in one place more than 24-48 hours depending on weather conditions.
  • Special Note:  if this “grape cluster” of bees has shown up on your property and you have not seen them before you can usually give it some time and they will move on.  What has happened is the queen is tired and has stopped to rest.  She is just moving her nest from point A to point B and they surround her when she stops to rest.

 

 

Images Property of:

Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999
Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas