Honey Bee Removal and the Types of Bees


Honey bees play an important role in our ecosystems, but when they create their hives in your home or business, they can quickly become a damaging nuisance, leaving you to seek humane honey bee removal services. In order for the honey bee removal specialists at Animal Remover to efficiently and humanely remove hives from homes and businesses, they must have an understanding of the structure of the hive and the bees inside. Today, our honey bee removal specialists are sharing that knowledge on the blog to better understand why it’s important to leave bee removal to the experts.

The Three Main Types of Bees

In order to understand how to complete humane bee removal, you have to first understand the bees themselves. In most honey bee hives, there are three different types of bees, all with different jobs and functions for the success of the hive. The three types of bees are workers, drones, and a queen.

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The Workers

Most of the bees in a honey bee hive are worker bees. Worker bees are female, but lack the full reproductive capabilities of the queen bees. In a typical hive, there are thousands of worker bees that build the hive, collect food, and take care of the brood of developing bees. Worker bees gather pollen from plants and bring it back to the hive to create food for the developing brood. Worker bees are the insects most responsible for plant cross-pollination and for the creation of honey.

The Drones

Drone bees are the only male bees that are typically found in a honey bee hive. Unlike worker bees who venture outside of the hive to collect pollen and nectar, the primary role of the drone bee is to mate with the queen. Since they don’t go from the hive (except to mate), drone bees don’t have stingers as a form of protection. Interestingly, drone bees are born from the unfertilized eggs of the worker bees. After mating with the queen in flight, a drone bee will die.

The Queen

The queen bee is the mother of most of the bees in a honey bee hive. A larva is chosen by the worker bees and fed a specific type of food called royal jelly to become a sexually mature queen bee. Queen bees will typically mate with 12 to 15 drone bees, and then the queen will lay eggs a few days after returning to the hive.

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Honey Bee Removal with Animal Remover

If you have a honey bee hive developing in the walls of your home or business, don’t take on the bee removal yourself. Contact Animal Remover to humanely and effectively remove the hive and relocate the bees. For more information on our wildlife management services, contact Animal Remover today.