Honeybees are very important furry agents of pollination. It is said that bees are responsible for one third of the human food supply. They form their hives within man made structures or structures that naturally have hollowed out spaced like logs or trees. While not normally aggressive, and in fact quite timid, bees can and will sting when they feel threatened. In most cases, it is a good idea to leave bees alone and just avoid the area that they’re nesting in. However, when bees have formed colonies in high traffic areas they may pose a threat to anyone passing by, in which case it is best to have them removed.
Bumblebees are large, fuzzy black and yellow bees, although they sometimes may only be black. Typically forming colonies of under fifty individuals, nests are usually located in abandoned rodent burrows. They are not aggressive but will sting if they feel threatened. Like honeybees, they are important agents of pollination and play an integral part in the environment, so it may be best to leave them alone instead of removing them. It is best to only remove a bumblebee site when they’re located in a heavily trafficked area.
Carpenter bees are wood burrowing creatures found in trees and other wooden structures. Much like carpenter ants, they do not consume the wood, they discard it to form their nests. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees, but lack the fuzz and are fast and erratic flyers. They are typically described as being reflective black or blue in color. Circular holes and sawdust will be evident if a carpenter bee colony is present.