Monday, June 11, 2012

Bees: A revisit

So I've noticed that a lot of the hits lately on the blog are people looking for information on bees. If you want to read the past posts I've written about bees (or wasps or hornets) you can click here for the first post in the series.

If you just want some quick information then keep reading. I won't cover everything again, because it's already been written, but I will give you some quick information and facts.
  • There are over 1000 native species of bees in Canada (honeybee is not a native species)
  • Honeybees were originally from Eurasia where they have been a domesticated species for centuries
  • All the "wild" honeybees we have in Canada are from colonies that escaped from domesticated hives
  • Bees are able to live year-round assuming the colony worked hard enough in the summer
  • They are completely adaptable to the Canadian climate
  • Honeybees are amber to brown in colour with alternating black stripes
  • They are furry (with short hair) and are approximately 1.3 cm
  • They eat nectar from flowers and when they sting (which they won't do unless provoked as they are considered gentle) it will kill them
  • Honeybees live in large colonies in flat wax-based honeycomb hives that hang vertically
  • Bumblebees lived in the wild for thousands of years before people started capturing them in order to domesticate them
  • Bumblebees have long tongues which means they are able to pollinate a large variety of flowers.
    In the late 1880's, researchers began to think about using bumblebees to their advantage when it came to agricultural matters
  • In Canada, the bumblebee was first used commercially in 1990 as a tomato pollinator
  • Throughout the world there are 5 species of bumblebee that are commercially reared, however in North America only 2 are used commercially--the Bombus impatiens and Bombus occidentalis
  • Bumblebees are yellow with black stripes and are furry, but with long hair
  • They are considerably larger than a honeybee at 2.5 cm
  • Like the honeybee they also eat nectar from flowers and if they sting it will kill them
  • They too are considered gentle and will not sting unless provoked in someway
  • Bumblebees can be found living in the soil in small cavities
Yes, honeybees and bumblebees are beneficial to the environment and agriculturally but that doesn't mean you necessarily want them building hives around your home or cottage. Especially if you or someone in your family is allergic to their stings, so Cottage Country Pest Control can come in and using IPM methods we can help make your environment safer for you and your family.

To book an appointment or for more information email or call us at 705-534-7863. 

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