Honey bees have a golden-yellow abdomen, with thinner brown or black stripes. Their bodies are covered in small hairs, but they don’t look as robust as a bumble bee. They’re generally around ½” long, and they can be found in every state in the US.
Honey bees are important members of ecosystems all around the country, and they pollinate at least 100 commercial crops. Without honey bees, the produce section in your grocery store would be empty! As essential as they are to agriculture, honey bees can become pests when they decide to take up residence in our attics or in trees on your property. Honey bees won’t generally sting unless aggravated, but a honey bee colony should be a concern for any parents with children who spend time outside. Removing a honey bee colony isn’t a job for an amateur -- it can be messy and painful. If you have a honey bee colony on your property, contact a professional for safe removal.