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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: If there is a bee chasing me, I am told if I stand still they will simply leave me alone, is that true?
A: No, you must vacate the area and seek shelter indoors immediately.

Q: I have a swarm of bees on a tree in my back yard, am I safe inside my house?

A: Yes, you can actually get within 6 inches of the swarm, as long as you do not touch them or make loud noises, you should be fine. Please do not try getting within 6 inches of any bee swarm for your own safety.

Q: What do you do with the honey you remove from these bee-hive removals?
A: We simply dispose of the bee hive and honey.

Q: What should I do if I get stung by a bee?
A: Clean the area with alcohol, if you have swelling that should subside.

If you are having difficulty breathing go seek medical attention immediately.

Q: Are these killer bees?
A: In 30+ years we have never seen killer bees in southern California

Q: Are you licensed to do this type of work?
A: We possess a pest control license and a contractor’s license for removing bee hives from structures

Q: I have bees near my pool, what can I do?
A: Bee’s need water in order to produce honey, they may just be looking for water; call a professional if you see a mass of bees bigger than a soft ball.

Q: Every time I go outside in my yard, and I take food or drinks, bees come around my food and drink and chase me indoors, what can I do?
A: These are not bees, these are yellow jackets and yellow jackets can be controlled (not eliminated) by our weekly Yellow Jacket Service, please call our office for more information.

Q: Can a bee hive living a knot hole in a tree, kill that tree?
A: No

Q: There is a bee hive in the corner of my roof, will they just go away?
A. No, they will not, the longer you let this problem continue the more the hooney and the bigger the hive you will have. You need to call a professional.

Q: I have a bee hive inside my wall, if I simply kill the bees, and seal the hole, could the honey damage my house?
A: Yes, you will have mildew and fermenting honey inside the wall. Vacant bee hives will attract other pests such as rats, ants, wax moths and new bees that will try to rebuild the hive. Carpet beetles can attack a vacant hive and once they finish they can come through your walls and attack even your furniture.

Q: How many flowers must honey bees tap to make one pound of honey?
A: Two million.

Q: How far does a hive of bees fly to bring you one pound of honey?
A: Over 55,000 miles.

Q: How much honey does the average worker honey bee make in her lifetime?
A: 1/12 teaspoon.

Q: How fast does a honey bee fly?
A: About 15 miles per hour.

Q: How much honey would it take to fuel a bee’s flight around the world?
A: About one ounce (or two Tablespoons).

Q: Why are honey bees sometimes called “white man’s flies”?
A: North American natives called honey bees this because they were brought to North America by European colonists.

Q: What is mead?
A: Honey wine.

Q: How long have bees been producing honey from flowering plants?
A: 10-20 million years.

Q: How many sides does each honeycomb cell have?
A: Six.

Q: What is the U.S. per capita consumption of honey?
A: 1.31 pounds.

Q: What state is known as the beehive state?
A: Utah.

Q: How many wings does a honey bee have?
A: Four.

Q: How many beekeepers are there in the United States?
A: An estimated 211,600.

Q: How many honey-producing colonies of bees are there in the United States?
A: The USDA estimates that there are approximately 3 million honey producing colonies in the United States. This estimate is based on beekeepers who manage five or more colonies.

Q: How many flowers does a honey bee visit during one collection trip?
A: 50-100.

Q: How do honey bees “communicate” with one another?
A: “Dancing.” Honey bees do a dance which alerts other bees where nectar and pollen is located. The dance explains direction and distance. Bees also communicate with pheromones.

Q: What does “super” mean to a beekeeper?
A: The super is the hive box in which honey is stored.

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