Some people get honeybees and bumblebees mixed up all the time. However, while they might both be black and yellow, these two types of bees are very different. Consider these reasons why.
Bumblebees are known for their fuzzy, chubby appearance. While they have a cute name and seem like they are almost worth petting, they're not. Many people think bumblebees don't have stingers, making them harmless. However, bumblebees do have stingers, and they don't fall out when they attack someone, unlike the honeybee. Conversely, honeybees aren't fuzzy at all. Instead, they're smaller than the bumblebee and have a more narrow body, similar to a wasp. While they do have a stinger, and will strike if provoked, honeybees die shortly after they sting someone.
Some people think that the bumblebee is just the queen bee of a regular honeybee hive. This is false. Bumblebees live in hives with 50 to 400 other bumblebees. In comparison, honeybees live in hives with 50,000 to 60,000 other honeybees, a major difference. Both hives have a queen bee. However, they live very different lives. The queen honeybee lives with many of her daughters and can live between three and four years. Queen bumblebees only live for one year and they sit in a nest underground by themselves. However, all of the other bumblebees die much earlier than her.
Bumblebees also tend to pollinate wildflowers so they usually don't live near residential areas. They're commonly spotted in fields and meadows. Honeybees can be found in the wild, but many beekeepers breed them to create natural honey, meaning they can be in residential spaces.
Honeybees and bumblebees don't produce the same amount of honey. As their name suggests, honeybees' main job is to pollinate flowers and produce honey. They make so much that beekeepers are able to harvest it and sell honey in mass quantities. Conversely, bumblebees are more interested in simply pollinating, but they will create a little bit of a substance similar to honey for themselves. Honeybees also work in conjunction with other bees. They will actually perform the "wiggle dance" with other bees to let them know what flowers need to be pollinated and where they are. Bumblebees do work together with their worker bees, so it's suspected they communicate about pollination spots somehow, but they don't do the wiggle dance.
You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.