Identifying Species of Bees and Honey Bee Removal

Honey Bee on a Flower

You love taking strolls around your property. Tall trees maintain shade on hot summer days, while gorgeous flowers add splashes of color. One day, you notice a lot of bees buzzing around a hole in a tree, coming out of the ground, or worse, exiting your roof. You realize you need honey bee removal. Animal Remover explains the types of bee species you might see on your property.

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Genuine Honey Bees

North America has more than 4,000 different native bee species. Very few, if any of them, produce honey. Real honey bees — Apis mellifera — are European imports that came to America in a boat in 1622. Honey bees themselves have 24 varieties. Italian honey bees are the most docile, while Africanized honey bees are the most aggressive. Honey bees are usually domesticated and live in hives controlled by beekeepers. However, you may need honey bee removal if a swarm makes a home in your attic or a favorite tree.

Mining Bees

Mining bees, or miner bees, live underground. You might see these bees enter and exit their nest from a tiny hole in the ground. Most species are active above ground for just a few weeks out of the year. Of the 20,000 bee species in the world, most of them, around 70%, live underground. Miners come in various colors, such as red or green, beyond just yellow and black. Consider honey bee removal if you see dozens of miner bees coming in and out of the ground, especially if you have outdoor four-legged family members or loved ones with allergies to bee stings.


North American bumblebees are larger than honey bees. Bumblebees are the typical bees you see on your property, slowly flying from one flower to the next. They are furry, have a distinct yellow and black color pattern, and make a buzzing noise as they fly. These bees create hives and colonies of about 200 individuals, much in the same way honey bees do. Call a honey bee removal service if you see a colony of bumblebees near your home.  

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are the largest bee species in North America. As the name implies, they live in wood. Carpenter bees grow up to 1 inch long, and they may come in and out of a tree, woodpile, or untreated wood on your home. The easiest way to keep carpenter bees out of your home is to paint the surface of the wood. These bees only live in untreated wood. If carpenter bees become a nuisance, contact a honey bee removal service.    

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Animal Remover and Honey Bee Removal

Bees keep to themselves and rarely attack humans unless someone disturbs the nest. If you see many bees near your home, consider honey bee removal from Animal Remover. That way, you protect you and your loved ones.  Contact us today or give us a call at (513) 324-9453 to discuss your options for bee swarm removal and relocation.