Whilst bees are not normally classified as a pest, if they build their hives insde your wall cavity or outside of your house they can cause a lot of damage and there is a high probability of being stung. Professional treatment may be required to remove bees from places such as cavity walls, letterboxes etc.
There are over 2000 species of bees native to Australia.
Most native bees are solitary.
Each female constructs its own nest. Some nest in the ground, others in cavities.
Most females have a sting but none are aggressive.
Males play no part in nest construction but only search for and fertilise the female.
Native bees range in size from 2mm to 25mm and have a large variation in colour. Some are hairy and others are bare. They are not normally considered to be pests.
In Australia there is really only one Species of bee which poses a threat to man and that is the introduced Honeybee. Large numbers of these can now be found living in the wild in hollow trees, caves and old buildings.
Honey Bee Description
6 legged insect with 2 pairs of wings
Usually brown with a banded dull yellow and brown abdomen
The head, thorax and abdomen are densely covered in hair
Bees are highly social insects that live in large hives dominated by a single queen
The queen is larger than workers or the male drones, and is responsible for egg laying
Worker bees build and maintain the hive, and collect nectar and pollen to feed the developing bee larvae
Generally Bees are not considered to be a pest unless they create a nest (hive) in an unsuitable location.
Honey bees can break away from commercial hives and establish themselves in suburban areas. The main problem with Honeybees is that they are rather agressive and may sting anyone who disturbs them. Bee stings can produce life threatening allergic reactions.
Care must be taken when destroying a hive. Bees may become aggressive and attack passers by and the operator.
Only a few chemicals are registered for the control of bees.