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Bee Protection & Control fact sheet

About bees

  • Bee are normally on the move in October, November and December as this is when the older queen is forced out of the established hive
  • Honey bees colonies can number from 5,000- 40,000 individuals
  • A bee can fly up to 5 kilometers from the hive to gather nectar and pollen. They can visit up to 100 flowers on a trip before returning

Helpful hints

  • Ensure no dog or cat food or other foodstuff are left around the building as this will attract bees
  • Pick off the ground any fruit which may have fallen off the trees
  • Do not disturb the hive as this will antagonise the bees causing them to become aggressive
  • Bees are also attracted to pooling water i.e. dogs bowls and bird baths

Did you know?

  • To make a pound of honey, a colony of bees collects nectar from over a million flowers
  • A honey bee has two pairs of wings that beat 250 times a second
  • Bees only sting in defence of the hive. Once a bee uses her stinger she will die
  • A honey bee has two stomachs: the honey sac, where she stores nectar that will be made into honey, and the midgut, where she digests her food
  • Honey bees have pollen baskets on the outside of the back legs which are used to collect pollen that is taken back to the hive and stored for food

For more information, Call Murray Pest Control on 8334 1000

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