Description: Workers are 13mm to 16mm in size. The workers have fuzzy yellow-brown to black in color. The abdomen is stripped.Workers also have barbed stinger. Drones are about 16mm in length and serve to fertilize the queens. The queens are largest at 16mm to 19mm in length and are identical to the workers in appearance.
Habits: These bees are social insects living in hives of 20,000 to 80,000 workers. The workers collect pollen and nectar from plants, and also make honey. Workers help pollinate plants and flowers which helps them grow and produce fruits. All honey bees overwinter. While they a re not typically aggressive, if the hive is threatened, they will sting. Honey bees will swarm from 24t o 48 hours if the hive gets too large or the queen beings to fail.
Treatment: These bees are a protected species, therefore can not be killed. Removal of active nests is the next option for treatment. Removal of a honey bee colony can typically take several weeks for safe and effective removal.