How to Identify Honey Bees


There are several classes of Honey Bees within a hive. The worker bee is around 1/2″ to 5/8″ in size. They are generally an orangish brown to black with broad bands of orange and brown or brown and black. These worker bees have a have a short barbed stinger that is responsible for most bee stings. The queen is larger than the worker bee at 5/8″ to 3/4″ long. Their pointed abdomen extends beyond their wing tips and have a smooth stinger.


Swarms of bees may first be noticed gathering near a tree branch as they search for a permanent location for their hive. They stay at the tree branch for 24 to 48 hours until the permanent location is found. The hive will be built in high and protected places such as a hollow tree, hollow wall, or attic that shelters them from weather. The queen been then produces 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day to build a colony of 20,000 to 80,000 bees.


Bees in a flying swarm are not likely to sting because they are searching for food instead of protecting the hive. Worker bees called guards bees are tasked with protecting the hive. These guard bees will become aggressive when the hive is approached or threatened. After stinging an intruder, their barbed stinger releases a pheromone which attracts other bees to continue attacking the intruder.


It is important to recognize the early signs of a forming bee hive before the hive grows to full capacity. Swarming bees and a forming hive near high places around your home are early indicators. Filling gaps in siding and wood around your home will help keep these pests out.


A professional treatment is the best way to reduce and help prevent Honey Bees. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the removal of Honey Bees. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your bee problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free bee identification and free inspections for bees with no obligation!

About Bees

  • Honey Bees and Carpenter Bees are two of the main species of bees in the Cook’s service area.
  • Stings from bees as well as wasps and hornets cause an average of 54 deaths per year.
  • While some bees are important for pollination, others are known to cause serious damage to your home.
  • Cook’s works with local bee keepers in all of our markets whenever possible to remove bees to a safer location, and follows strict policies for leaving flower vegetation alone, so as not to disturb honey bees.