- Bees range in size from only 0.08 in (2 mm) to 1.6 in (4 cm) in length.
- Bees have five eyes – two large compound eyes and three simple eyes and can see all colors except the color red.
Generally a large beehive is rarely a danger to many people. And bees going about their daily business in ways that don’t interfere with yours are not to be bothered with. However, if bees have swarmed inside your home, you do need to get help quickly. Getting rid of the bees is just the first step. Dealing with the mess caused by rotting honey and ensuring the bees don’t come back are major considerations. Call in a professional to remove bee swarms or beehives. Don’t attempt to remove large amounts of bees yourself. Only a pest control professional or experienced beekeeper used to handling bees should undertake such a job. Keep pets and children well away from any suspected nesting sites until you get a professional inspection.
Bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials. The following prevention methods are useful for avoiding future bee infestations:
Trim vegetation near your home, as thick vegetation may provide nesting places for bees. If you, or a family member, are allergic to bee stings, it’s best to keep flowering plants to a minimum on the property.
Overseed grassy areas to get better coverage, as this will deter ground-nesting insects.
Keep garbage in sealed receptacles and thoroughly rinse soda cans and other containers before placing them in recycling or garbage receptacles.
Do not leave sweet drinks or meats in accessible areas and serve drinks in clear cups so you can easily spot an insect before you sip. Keep food covered in outdoor areas and be sure to remove food and trash after picnics and outdoor events.
Remember that DEET and other insect repellents are not effective against bees.
Do not swat at stinging insects as it may provoke them. Instead gently blow on it from a distance.