How to Identify BEEs

Of the thousands of bee species in the United States, just a few are common on Long Island, in New York City, in Westchester, and Rockland Counties. Bees are commercially valuable and an important part of our ecosystem, but in the wrong place at the wrong time, they can become a pest.

Honey Bees: These busy half-inch long insects have fuzzy dark yellow and black striped bodies and a have a barbed stinger that can continue pumping venom even after the bee has died.

Bumble Bees: These large bees range can reach an inch and a half in size and are covered by downy pale yellow and black hair.

Carpenter Bees: Less fuzzy than bumble bees, these bees are noted for their ability to tunnel into wood structures to build their nests.

Honey Bee
Bumble Bees
Carpenter Bees


Like wasps, different bee varieties have different nesting behaviors. Honeybees and bumblebees are social creatures who create large communal hives with nesting galleries and large honeycombs. Wood-boring bees nest as individuals, with each bee boring its own egg and nectar gallery. Honeybee hives can be active for years, while bumblebee colonies die off each year.


If you have a bee infestation, you have a multi-faceted problem. Getting rid of the Bees is just the first step. Dealing with the mess caused by rotting honey and ensuring the Bees don’t come back are major considerations. Even usually docile Bumblebees will attack if threatened. Unless you know the size and extent of the hive and can safely deal with it from a distance, it is best to call in a professional. Be aware that potentially deadly allergic reactions to Bee sting venom are common. Keep pets and children well away from any suspected nesting sites until you get a professional inspection.

Attack Upon Threat

While most bees won't sting for no reason, they will likely attack if they feel threatened.

Deadly Allergic Reactions

In some cases, bee stings lead to allergic reactions that can range from mild to fatal.

Painful Stings

Bee stings can cause instant, sharp burning pains and leave behind red welts.

Bees Come in Large Numbers

Bees are social insects, so if you provoke one bee, you could end up facing many bees from their colony.


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