What is a Scout Bee?

Although you may be seeing bees buzzing around your home it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an active bee hive in your area.  There is a good possibility that you are seeing scout bees.  The survival of a bee hive oftentimes depends on the scouting bee.  Bees need a constant supply of nectar and have to find a new place to go once their source is low.  This is where the scout bee comes in. Scouting bees are sent out to look for a new home for their hive and if you do not take action, your home could be their new home.

To most people, scout bees look just like other active bees but once you get a closer look, you are able to notice small differences in their behavior.  Scout bees usually scout an area for about 3 days before moving in or moving on.  If you see bees for 5 days or longer, there is a good chance that it is an active hive and not just a scout bee.  Scout bees tend to hover around an area rather than a steady stream of bees that are coming and going from the same area; that is typically an active hive.  Scout bees are not as aggressive as other bees since they are not protecting their hive.

It is better to treat for scouting bees rather than taking a chance of getting an active hive.  Bees can cause structural damage to your property as well as pose a safety risk.  It is always best to call a professional exterminating company for bee removal.  If you live in the Atlanta, Columbus, or Nashville area and are seeing bees, call Northwest Exterminating and we will come take a look to see if you are seeing scouting bees or an active hive.

Have you seen scouting bees near your home?

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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5 Bugs to Love

Valentine’s Day is a day of LOVE!  Bugs aren’t something that we usually “love” but in the spirit of the holiday, here are 5 bugs to love!

  1. Ladybugs are not only one of the cuter bugs out there but they are beneficial because they eat large quantities of aphids, mites and other arthropods that feed on various plants in your yard or garden. Imported more than 100 years ago to defend orchards and orange groves, ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 pests in their lifetime.
  2. Earthworms are nature’s most efficient composters.  These scavengers create the kind of well-aerated, humus-rich soil gardeners call “black gold.”
  3. The love bug is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissing bug, or double-headed bug.  The adult is a small, flying insect common to the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast.  During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.
  4. The praying mantis is named for the “praying” position that it often assumes.  This insect will eat just about any living thing it can fit in its mouth, helpful or not. It is known to consume mosquitoes, nocturnal moths, bees, beetles, small lizards, even frogs—as well as fellow praying mantises.
  5. Bumblebees collect nectar and the pollen that will make tomato plants and apple trees produce more fruit.  The female bumblebee can sting but they much prefer to stick to gentler business.