You can indeed free your home and yard from bees.
Season: May through October. Adult male bees and newly-mated queens find shelter to survive the winter, all others in the colony die off during late summer and early fall.
Disease Profile: Many species, including common pests carpenter bees and yellow jackets, can cause allergic reactions that range from pain and swelling to severe shock and swelling of the throat that may require immediate medical attention.
Appearance: Often yellow, black, amber or brown, often with stripes on their abdomen, thorax, or both. They have hairs on their bodies that allow them to collect pollen. Only female bees have stingers. Carpenter bees have shiny bodies with a black dot on the top of their thorax, and are quite aggressive. In general, they can range in size from very small to more than an inch and a half. Enlist the help of a pest control professional – ahem, ahem – to correctly ID your bee or hive and take the proper steps to keep you and your family safe.
Signs: Yellow jackets create ground nests, so a telltale sign of this pest is a high concentration of yellow striped bees focused on a certain spot in your yard. Carpenter bees make quarter-size round holes along your roof trim, causing damage and dinging up all that lovely carpentry work.
Some bees live in colonies comprised of a queen, workers and drones. The queen and workers are all female, but only the queen can reproduce. Drones are male. Carpenter bees, however, are more solitary, about an inch in size, and can drill through wood with their barbed, reusable stingers. They lay eggs and build nests in tunnels they create in wood, which can be large networks of tunnels.
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“Can a bee only sting once before it dies?”
This is true for honeybees, where its stinger is ripped from its body after it stings, causing death. Others, however, can sting multiple times. Don’t risk it.