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April showers bring…scratch that. No showers around the Phoenix area lately! But April definitely brings spring – which means blooming flowers and plants. These also mean allergies and bugs, especially bees. We can’t do much for your allergies, but we can definitely help with the bees. Here’s some information to get you started, specifically on the Western Honey Bee.
That’s easy! The Western Honey Bee.
Typically, the Western Honey Bee will only sting when provoked or when protecting its hive. The key is to understand what these bees consider to be provoking or threatening behavior. Obviously, it’s best to give them a lot of space and to avoid their hives at all costs. However, they can also be disturbed or provoked by loud noises made near their hives. In fact, the local news recently reported on a bee attack on a man and a firefighter in central Phoenix. But in general, you should be safe as long as you are being mindful of their presence and doing your best to leave them alone.
This species of honey bee is distributed throughout the world, so you’ve likely already encountered them many times. In the wild, they often hide in holes of trees and in rock crevices. Around homes, they will “set up housekeeping” in the eaves of homes and attics. (Housekeeping is when bees are setting up a new hive to reproduce and to make honey.) Other places they may set up shop include irrigation boxes, old tires, under sheds, and in crawlspaces under mobile homes.
Here are a few more little tidbits about them:
Check back later this week for our article on the Africanized Honey Bee (a.k.a., “Killer Bee)!