Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Orlando water meter bee removal

Orlando Honey Bees in Water Meter
African Honey Bees readily build nests in small water meter boxes.This colony of bees was in an Orlando water meter, and was just starting out, but already had put away about 10 pounds of brood..(immature bees).
Honey Bee comb from water meter

Very little honey was found, which is typical for African Honey Bees(AHB), which are also popularly known as Killer Bees. I often get asked why AHB don't often make much honey. AHB are native to sub-saharhan Africa, where temperatures are mild, hence there is no need to put away a winter store of honey & pollen. AHB prefer to put the colony's energies into producing LOTS of brood, and then sending out multiple swarms/year to saturate the area with colonies.
Close up of larvae, pupae, honey, nectar in comb
 Here is a pic showing the developing brood. The cream colored things in the foreground are larvae, just about ready to pupate, which is a stage where the larvae turns into an adult bee, with wings and legs. The cardboard colored cells are prevalent in the background combs. These will emerge in a few days as fully developed adults, ready to assume colony duties.
Bee nest in water meter box

Please, don't attempt a removal of bees, as they can be deadly, even swarms have attacked us since Killer Bees are now here. We've had fatalities occur in Florida because of improper stinging insect removal techniques. We perform bee removals for most of the utilities in the State of Florida.

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