The honey bee. So-called because it produces honey – the only bee to produce food fit for humans. Beekeepers only take honey that is not required by the bees, who use it to feed themselves and their young.
These bees are generally not aggressive and will only attack if they feel that they or their nest is in danger. Only the female worker bees can sting and they die after stinging just once as the stinger is pulled from their body.
It is highly unlikely that a person will die from a honey bee sting – it is estimated that it would take around 1000 stings to produce enough venom to kill a human.
However, having a bees nest in our around your home can be disconcerting. A honey bee nest can contain as many as 50,000 bees so it is likely that you would feel intimidated with that many bees coming and going. It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to a bee sting and we really only find this out after a sting!
As with all types of insect nest, we would recommend that you do not try to deal with the nest yourself as this can prove hazardous in many ways. We have the equipment to deal with any type of pest including protective clothing, specialist ladders and of course treatments only available to the professionals.