A major player in the flower pollination game, bees were sacred to many ancient cultures, including the Greeks and the Maya. Today, the bee is often more feared for its stinger than revered for its pollinating ability, leading the ubiquitous insect to a level of notoriety it doesn’t quite deserve.
For instance, you may believe one (or all!) of the following five myths about bees:
1. All Bees Make Honey
Of the Earth’s more than 20,000 species of bees, only about 5 percent are honey bees or sting-less bees that produce honey. The remaining bee species serve as pollinators, and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica.
2. You Can Keep Bees Away with Smart Planting Habits
To a bee, there’s no correlation between home base and the flowers they pollinate. Even if you choose non-flowering plants for your home garden, bees may end up building a nest on your property.
3. All Types of Bees Live in Hives
Bees that build and live in hive communities are known as "social" bees, and they make up about 10 percent of all bee species. A bee colony may contain up to 60,000 worker bees and one queen. Solitary bees are much more common, and they prefer to burrow holes into tree trunks when seeking shelter.
4. Most Bees are Female
This is the only entry on the list with some truth to it. Especially among social bee populations, female bees outnumber males at a ratio of about 5:1. All worker honey bees are female, and males are called drones. They do not have stingers.
The lifespan of a drone is typically much shorter than that of a female, and their sole purpose within the hive is to mate with the queen. Male honey and bumble bees live for about six weeks.
5. We’re in the Midst of a "Bee Apocalypse"
In the last decade, many sensational stories have popped up regarding the fate of agriculture once all species of bees die out, an event that is reportedly imminent. Possible reasons for the decline of bee populations included mite and other pest infestation, disease, and harmful pesticides.
According to beekeepers and other professionals, however, bees aren’t going away any time soon. In fact, the population of honey bee colonies was at a 23-year high as of 2017.
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Even though bees are vastly misunderstood, you still don’t want them turning your home into their hive. At B&B Exterminating, we help clients throughout Florida eradicate a variety of pests, including bees. Contact us today.