The solitary life.
Did you know that just about 89% of all bees are solitary. Solitary bees are loners in a sense. They do not produce honey, nor do they have a queen bee. They do not live in hives but may nest close to each other. They are the most common type of bee.
Are solitary bees aggressive?
Because they are living light with no honey to protect, they are calm and non-aggressive. The males generally have no stinger and the females will only sting if they are manhandled. They are not known to swarm like honeybees and yellow-jackets.
Desperate times for bees.
As we have discussed in our previous blog posts about bees, bees are declining in numbers due to increases in chemical use in farming and expansion. We have removed many of their habitats with our urban sprawl and development. The people of the United Kingdom are taking this seriously:
July 1-7 is Solitary Bee Week in the UK. “Solitary Bee Week is all about raising awareness for the solitary bees. With over 240 species in the UK alone, they make up 90% of the bee population and along with other pollinating animals are responsible for one third of all the food we eat. However, like our honeybees and bumblebees, they are under threat and need our help.” Read more at https://www.solitarybeeweek.com/.
In the U.S. there is a movement underway to protect the bees.
The services bees provide to humans in terms of the beauty of our flowers and landscape and the pollination needed for food is immeasurable. While these bees may be annoying around picnic time, they really won’t bother you. In fact, why don’t you ask them to move in? Build or purchase a bee house! There are many options, just peruse the internet. Of course, keep it away from your outdoor living area and everyone wins!
Solitary bee treatment and removal options.
Even though the general consensus and agreement on the value of bees is held high, many people are highly allergic and desire to have the bees removed from their living area.
Despite being a pest control service, we advocate to preserve the pollinators such as honeybees or bumblebees. Contact us for a free inspection and together we can find a solution to protect both you and your family as well as the bees.