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Process Of Honey Bee

SHAH FARMS produce honey in natural way, which is illustrated for the awareness of the interested peoples and to present the elementary information of honey course.

SIZE : Workers: 2/5 to 3/5 inches (5-15mm)

COLOR : Covered with golden brown and black hair

DESCRIPTION : The honey bee is covered with short, dense hair, usually golden-brown and black, and its abdomen is striped. There are three castes of honey bees in the colony: workers (2/5 to 3/5 inch long), drones (3/4 to 5/8 inch long), and the queen (3/5 to ¾ inch long).

HABITAT : Around flowers and flowering trees

LIFE CYCLE : The queen is responsible for reproduction. The drones are fertile male bees that mate with new queens. The workers are sterile females responsible for feeding the queen, maintaining the hive, gathering the pollen and nectar, and protecting the hive.

TYPE OF DAMAGE : Honey bee workers have a barbed stinger that becomes detached along with a venom sac after the sting.

CONTROL : When stung by a bee, immediately remove the stinger and venom sac by gently scraping or flicking the stinger with a fingernail or knife. Do not use tweezers or try to squeeze out the stinger- this pushes more venom into the wound. Next, wash the sting site with soap and water. Apply ice to minimize pain and swelling. For normal sting reactions, a solution of ½ teaspoon meat tenderizer dissolved in 1 teaspoon water (or commercially available sting solution) can be applied to the skin to relieve discomfort. If you experience anything more than a localized, normal reaction, seek medical attention immediately. Sting victims should be kept calm, quiet and inactive. In some cases, an allergy specialist may advise a series of injections to lessen sensitivity for persons with case histories of severe allergic reactions to insect stings.

PREVENTION: Wear proper clothing and use caution when worker honey bees are foraging around houses on flowering trees and plants. When flowers finish blooming, the danger will decrease. It is best to allow swarms of honey bees to leave on their own. A swarm of bees will remain clustered until scout bees have located a suitable site for permanent nesting. In two days or less, the swarm will usually break the cluster and fly away. If it is necessary to remove a swarm, be sure to contact a local beekeeper, who usually will be happy to get the bees.

REMOVAL FROM BUILDINGS : When honey bees establish a nest in your house or other undesirable places, you can either hire professional help (certified pest control operator or beekeeper) or do the job yourself. Remember that after the honey bees are killed, they must be removed with their comb nest along with honey. Untended honey soon begins to decompose and/or seep out of the comb, causing odor problems, staining walls or ceilings, and encouraging secondary pest infestations by ants, cockroaches, wax moths, flies, and dermestid beetles.

INTERESTING FACTS : Most people see only the workers because these are the bees that regularly fly in and out of the nest

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