Michael O’Donoghue – an accomplished American writer and performer once said that insects are the things that terrify him more than anything else. They are his secret fears; this is the case for many people. Bees, ants, and wasps belong to a group of insects known as Hymenoptera. This term comes from the Greek language and it means membrane-winged.
Types Of Bees
There are over 20,000 bee species in the world but the bee types only fall into two primary classifications; solitary bees and social bees. As the name suggests, solitary bees normally live alone or in very small groups and do not swarm. Most of the solitary bees are harmless meaning that they do not sting.
Examples of solitary bees include:
1. Digger bees
Digger bees are solitary bees that nest on the ground and this is why they are also known as ground bees. It’s interesting to note that there are about 400 species of digger bees around the world.
Male digger bees are responsible for the creation of an underground tunnel while female digger bees build a nest where larvae and nectar, and pollen are located.
2. Leafcutter bees
Leafcutter bees are one of the best pollinators in the world. These bees don’t have hives but instead, the males create nesting holes and the female does all the other work including laying eggs, gathering nectar, and defending the nest.
3. Carpenter bees
Carpenter bees get their name from their nesting habits as they normally burrow into materials such as dead bamboo or wood. Carpenter bees are very similar to bumblebees but they can easily be differentiated. Carpenter bees have a smooth and shiny abdomen while bumblebees have a hairy abdomen.
Social bees, on the other hand, are the most popular types of bees. They normally live in colonies and produce combs and honey. Examples of social bees include:
4. Honey bees
Honey bees usually live in huge colonies that can consist of up to 70,000 individual bees. They are also one of the top pollinators in the world. Honey bees are great producers of honey and they have a caste system that includes the drone bees, the worker bees, and the queen bee.
Bumblebees are easy to identify as they are bigger than most types of bees. Their flurry coats make them the best pollinators as they can easily carry pollen.
The Importance Of Bees
Bees are among the most essential insects in the world. They help to ensure there is food security in the world, provide biodiversity & protect the environment and promote sustainable farming.
Apart from playing a major role in pollination, bees also provide us with high-quality food such as royal jelly and honey – which has been used for its medicinal qualities for more than 5,000 years.
Honey is normally about 80% sugar and it contains huge amounts of glucose, fructose, and monosaccharides. Some of the benefits of honey include reducing diarrhea, helping to fight various infections, relieving cough and cold symptoms, helping to prevent acid reflux, and healing burns & wounds.
Royal jelly is purposely produced by honey bees as food for the queen bees and their young ones. It, however, has a lot of benefits and some of them include having anti-inflammatory & antioxidant effects, help in skin repair & wound healing, and reducing your cholesterol levels lowering your risk of getting heart disease.
Bees play an essential role in the preservation of biodiversity and ecological balance in nature. They do this by providing an important ecosystem service (pollination) that makes food production to be possible. This helps to preserve and to protect the ecosystem.
Why Should You Get Rid Of Bees?
As amazing as bees are, there are a lot of reasons why you should get rid of them. If you have ever crossed paths with bees, you know that most of them sting. A bee sting hurts so much and this is one of the reasons why you should consider getting rid of bees.
If a bee nest is near your house, this puts your family at risk of getting stung even without provoking them. Allergies refer to hypersensitive responses from the immune system to substances coming into contact or even entering the body. Another reason why you should get rid of bees is if you or anyone in your family has a bee allergy.
A bee allergy is very serious as even a single sting can be fatal. Bees can also be naturally aggressive. If frustrated, bees can attack people and you don’t want to be around when that happens. Some of the reasons why bees become aggressive are if they feel threatened if they don’t find flowers, and when there is torrid weather.
Ways Of Getting Rid OF Bees Without Killing Them
1. Bee repelling plants
Using bee repelling plants is a great and harmless way of getting rid of bees. All you need to do is to plant a few plants that repel bee around your compound. Examples of bee repelling plants include Eucalyptus plants, Citronella, Gum trees, Geraniums, Marigold, Wormwood, and Mint, among others.
Mothballs refer to small balls of chemical deodorant used in the storage of things that can be destroyed by a moth. Bees do not like the smell of mothballs. All you need to do is to hang them near a bee nest and they will go away from your compound for good.
3. Use a beekeeper
Seeking the services of a professional is the best way of getting rid of bees. A beekeeper will be able to identify the type of bees you are dealing with and come up with the best method to remove them from your compound. He or she might also find a new home for the bees.
4. Garlic spray
Garlic has a very strong scent which bees don’t like. All you have to do is to crush a couple of garlic cloves and mix them with water. Spray the mixture around your home, the nest or hive and the bees will go away for good.
This is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of bees. Most bees are very sensitive to smell so if you direct the smoke to the nest or the hive they will go away. But be very careful as they can attack you.
It’s clear that bees are very essential but they also can be a nuisance and a danger to your loved ones. As tempting as it might be to kill them, you must remember that the world is better with the bees around. They feed us and make our planet beautiful.