Where Do Bees Nest?

July 16, 2018

In our last blog we examined prevention techniques for bee stings this outdoor season. We reviewed common bee behavior such as slipping into soda cans unnoticed or dining on your outdoor picnic. One important piece of information that can prevent bee stings is knowing where bees tend to nest. The locations vary according to the type of bee, whether it is a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket. Let’s take a deeper look at where bees nest so you can be alert to their presence.

  • Ground Nesting Bees – Not all bees live in hanging hives. In fact, according to the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, 70% of all the 20,000 species of bees nest under ground. In North America, most of these ground bees become active in early spring. Nests of these bees are easy to identify above ground because of the conical piles of dirt with a large hole in the middle that serves as the entrance to the bee burrows. Miner bees and yellow jackets are common ground nesting bees. Unfortunately, while miner bees are docile, yellow jackets are extremely aggressive.
  • Hanging Nests – Hornets and wasps tend to have hanging nests that can be found under eaves, overhangs, or hanging high from a tree branch. Hornet nests are made from saliva and wood pulp, and usually grow as large as the colony. Some have been known to be the size of a basketball if allowed to grow. Wasps nests tend to be smaller and look like an umbrella. Neither type of bee should be removed without professional help.
  • On Fences or Brick – Many honey bees and/or mason bees like to clump together and colonize in fireplace brick or along fences. These bees are critical parts of our ecosystem and are usually docile. Leave these bees alone to pollinate and add to the ecosystem.

Do you have a bees nest around your property? Have our team of professionals take a look and devise a solution for your bee issue. Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.


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