Pests in our home are never wanted. Whether it stings, crawls, bites, flies or destroys we do everything in our power to eradicate them. Calling a professional exterminator is usually high on the list when you have a possible infestation. There is one insect, that can a nuisance, that we should think twice about exterminating and that is the honey bee. We need them in order to live and its amazing how they do it!
Hi-Tech Pest Control can help you with all your pest removal and extermination needs but also wants you to know how insects such as the honey bee can and should survive.
Bees work so hard, more than we know. An average worker produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime which is around six weeks. For one pound of honey, bees visit two million flowers. An average colony can produce twenty-five pounds of honey during foraging season. If there is an exceptional season with a very healthy colony, it’s possible for them to produce sixty pounds of honey. Some of it is for the bee keeper and some of it is for their winter survival.
These busy, buzzing creatures are very social. They are loyal to their queen and work extremely hard to keep her alive, safe, and warm throughout winter. By late fall or early winter, she is done with laying her eggs. It is certainly a team effort. Once the temperatures drop below 57 degrees, it’s huddle time! The workers force the drones out to starve. They would consume way more than their share and put everyone else in jeopardy. Now, all of them cluster near a cache of honey, with their queen in the center.
Workers encircle the queen with multiple rows. Those in the inner circle get in position, heads forward and they eat the honey. The outer layer of workers insulate their space. They work very hard, vibrating their muscles, but keeping their wings still, this rises their body heat. The increase in temperature ranges from forth-six degrees to ninety-three. If the outdoors temps rise, the outside bees separate a bit to allow for more air flow. They also leave the cluster to eliminate body waste outside the hive. If the temps drop, they tighten the space, getting close to one another. When all of their efforts are used up, so is their energy and they begin to get cold. They then push to the center of the group, rotate, eat, and renew their strength. This continues all through winter.
The stored honey that is consumed for energy, promoting winter warmth survival, could be as much as thirty pounds. During extremely cold spells, they may be so cold they’re unable to move for a time. If there is a shortage of honey, they freeze to death before spring, even if they are just inches away from another honey reserve. When the honey supply is sufficient, come spring, a new generation begins. It will be that of hard workers and protectors of their queen. May she reign for her full five years.
There are some insects and pests that we want to have around, but there are many we don’t. Winter, summer, home or business, pests don’t discriminate. They can invade and infest anywhere at any time of the year. If you have a pest problem of any kind calling a professional exterminator is best.
Hi-Tech Pest Control has been Southeastern Michigan’s leader in residential and commercial bed bug and pest removal since 1986. We are confident in our approach using a combination of experience, knowledge and the latest in bed bug and pest extermination technology. Whether it stings, crawls, flies, bites, or destroys, our professional exterminators can solve it – including cockroaches, yellow jackets, mice, carpenter ants, wasps, and other stinging insects!
At Hi-Tech Pest Control, we pride ourselves on doing the jobs those other guys can’t do. Call a knowledgeable and experienced pest control exterminator today at 248-569-8001 to schedule your FREE INSPECTION!