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Residential bee extermination in central Indiana

If you discover a honey bee colony in or around your property, contact American/Baxter Pest Professionals right away. We will remove the honey bee colony safely. Do not try to get rid of bee colonies yourself.

Bumble bee

Bumblebee

Length: Ranges up to one inch in length.
Color: Usually black with yellow stripes on the thorax and abdomen.
Description: As social insects, bumblebees live in colonies. Each spring, a queen that has survived winter will find a suitable nesting site and establish her colony. Her first brood of eggs matures into workers that forage on pollen and nectar for food. The workers do produce honey, but it is not edible to humans.

The colony grows larger over the summer and is usually discovered by a homeowner while gardening or mowing the lawn. The bees will attack to defend their nest, so they are considered a health concern. During the fall, the colony produces a number of queens that fly out to find protected sites to spend the winter and thus repeat the cycle next year.

 

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bee

Length: The species of most importance are about one inch long and have a robust, bee-like shape.
Color: Like bumblebees, carpenter bees are black with some yellow. One carpenter bee species in the southwest, the valley carpenter bee, has a metallic-black-colored female and a tan-colored male.

Description: Carpenter bees chew out tunnels in wood in which to lay their eggs and provide a protected site for their larvae to develop. The male carpenter bee guards the outside of the nest and tries to chase away potential predators. He does not have a stinger, but still causes concern with his aggressive buzzing if people venture near the nest site.

 

Honey Bee

Honey bee

Length: 1/2-inch in length.
Color: Golden yellow in color with darker bands of brown.
Description: Honeybees are the only type of social bees that establish perennial colonies that may survive a decade or longer. These bees forage on pollen and nectar from flowering plants and use these materials to produce the honey that will feed the colony through the winter months. These swarms may be seen clustered on a tree branch, a fence or a building as the bees rest before flying off again to find a suitable nesting site. Because hundreds of bees are part of this swarm, people are often concerned about the possibility of the bees attacking. Usually, the bees in these swarms are docile and non-aggressive unless vigorously disturbed.

 

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