Honey bees are integral pieces of our environment. Most people know that bees pollinate flowers, have a nasty sting, live in a hive, and make honey. However, there is so much more to know about these busy buzzers. They are rather fascinating creatures and scientists are learning new things all the time from studying bees and their behaviors. Here are a few cool things you might not know about bees:
Cool Things about Honey
You might not know this, but in order to make one pound of honey, bees have to visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and be the lifetime work of over 768 bees. Next time you grab that honey bear at the grocery store, think of the immense sacrifice that went into producing that delicious honey for your toast. Honey is about 80% sugar and 20% water and one single bee will produce only ½ a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Each trip to and from the hive, that one bee will visit anywhere from 50-100 flowers to create that honey that never spoils. A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year. Did you know that honey is the only substance on this earth that contains all the nutrients and components to sustain life? Yes, man CAN live on honey alone.
Cool Things about Bees
There are three types of bees in a hive: the queen, the worker and the drone. A queen will live around 3-4 years and can lay 800-1000 eggs each day, sometimes more. The weight of eggs she lays each day is equal to her own weight and her worker bees keep her fed and groomed in payment for all the work she does. Honey bees fly at 15 MPH and only ever venture about 3-4 miles away from the hive. They are responsible for pollinating 80% of all fruit, vegetables and seed crops in the US, making them vital to the farmer’s success. Their job is an important one and they know it, thus the reason they never sleep!
What to do with a Beehive
While bees are amazing creatures, if you have a hive that has been created in an inconvenient place in your yard, it’s hard to know what to do with it. You don’t want to harm those precious bees but you also don’t want yourself or your children to fall victim to one of their painful stings. Admiral Pest Control appreciates the great things bees do for our environment and that’s why we safely remove the bees and hives for you. Transporting them to a beekeeper who could benefit from them and the bees will continue to support the surrounding nature is essential. For bee removal in Orange County, look no further. We will get the job done safely and effectively. Call us today!