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Why Do Bees Make Honey?

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by Knockout Pest

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Pouring some honey into your morning tea or over a warm biscuit sure does taste delicious! But have you ever stopped to think where this honey comes from? You know bees make it — but why do they make this sweet treat?

Why Do Bees Make Honey?

Like any other being, bees need to eat in order to survive. Since bees are constantly beating their wings to fly or work on the hive, they need a good source of energy. Honey has a high sugar content so this is a perfect food source for them to forage and consume (talk about a sugar rush)!

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Bees are experts at extracting nectar from flowers and placing it inside of honeycombs. As the nectar sits, its water content will dwindle until it becomes completely concentrated — this is what is known as honey! Since the water within the nectar disappears, mold cannot grow within the honeycombs.

Why Do Bees Make So Much Honey?

Bees need the nectar from flowers to create honey. In many parts of the country, flowers will disappear during the winter, making it impossible for bees to create honey. Therefore, they won’t stop making it until all of the flowers die or become dormant for the winter. The good thing about honey — it doesn’t expire!

We’ve all eaten honey before, but have you ever figured out how it’s made — or why? When your property becomes filled with bees or wasps, contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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