Bees aren’t pests, not typically anyway. In fact, because they’re incredibly valuable and beneficial to the environment, they’re more often considered pollinators. Bees play a crucial role in the pollination of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other crops, contributing to the reproduction of many plant species and supporting global food production, which far outweighs any nuisance they may create.
However, in some specific situations, bees can cause concerns or be perceived as pests due to their presence in certain areas or the risks they may pose to individuals with allergies. For example:
Nesting in Inconvenient Locations: Bees may build their nests in or around structures such as houses, sheds, or other human-occupied areas, which can be undesirable or pose risks if people come into close contact with the nests.
Defensive Behavior: Bees can become defensive and sting when they feel threatened, or their nests are disturbed. For people who are allergic to bee stings, the presence of bees can be a significant concern and may require careful management or removal.
Africanized honeybees: In some rare cases, Africanized honeybees (A.K.A. “killer bees”) can pose challenges. It may be reassuring to know that it’s their behavior, not their sting, that gives them their nasty reputation – in fact, venom from a single killer bee sting is no more potent than the venom of a “normal” bee sting. They’re a more aggressive hybridized subspecies of honeybees that can be more defensive and may react more strongly to disturbances.
On the rare occasion bees are causing conflicts or safety concerns, you should seek the assistance of a professional beekeeper or pest control expert experienced in bee management. They can assess the situation, provide guidance on appropriate actions, and, if necessary, safely relocate or manage the bee colonies without causing harm to the bees whenever possible. If you are unsure which professional is right for you, we can help. We are partners with several beekeepers and been removal experts we are perfect for the job.
Overall, while you could sometimes think of bees as pests in certain contexts, always try to remember the crucial role they play as pollinators and the benefits they provide to the world around us. In many ways, bees are an irreplaceable resource, which means as individuals, we all share the responsibility of protecting them any way we can. It’s up to each of us to protect the bee population by promoting their coexistence, protecting their habitats and implementing practices that support their populations while addressing any concerns or risks associated with their presence in specific situations.