Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ocala Honey Bees in Tree Removal

Ocala external honey bee nest in tree
Most Honey Bees usually build their nests inside voids, such as tree holes, but sometimes they elect to build what we call "external" nests.
Usually, external nests fare poorly, as the bees find it difficult to maintain proper temperatures for rearing young bees, and to defend against marauding beetle, moth, fly, and competing bee pests.
African Honey Bees, aka Killer Bees, build external nests at a much higher rate, so if you encounter an external nest, the probability is that the nest is an African or Killer Bee nest.

This bee nest weighed ~ 75 pounds!

This photo shows me next to the honey bee removal I did today. It was located near the Florida Greenspace park in Ocala, and had been there at least 2 years.

Homes located near this bee nest in tree

Neighbors told me that the bees had repeatedly stung yard workers using power equipment and small children in nearby yards had been harrassed by the bees as well.
Please don't attempt tree bee removals, as these bees can get very defensive when they sense they are under attack. Call the entomologists at 800-343-5317!
Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist

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