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Bees : Friend Or Foe?

Most of us are scared from bees. When we see this tiny insect around, we close our ears, cover our face and run as fast as we can in any direction and take a dip in the water. Why? Because it stings! The poison in a honey bee can be mere itching to skin allergy to painful swelling to death. It differs from people to people. Angry bees react to disturbances from the surrounding. If one bee stings, it releases an alarm that smells like bananas. This pheromone causes the other bees to become agitated and sting.

While you might be alive, bees die once they sting. The tiny barbs on the stinger stick in the victim. When the bee tries to fly away, it rips its abdomen and eventually dies. Under usual circumstances, the result is discomfort for the human but death for the bee.

Honey bees dance around when they want to communicate something. They obey the queen and the queen releases a pheromone that identifies her as the queen. In search for water they linger around swimming pool and in their defense sting kids. On a hot summer day, if a bee hive was built in the walls or ceiling of a house, honey will occasionally begin to melt and ooze through the cracks. Most irritating is that during their cleansing flights, they like to poop on laundry that has been hung out to dry.

Looking at the brighter, positive side, the one we cannot overlook is that Honey bee help to pollinate the plants and flowers. Honey bees pollinate 1/3 of all the worlds natural foods. They make it possible to eat blueberries, almonds, and cucumbers. They pollinate the maple trees and the locust trees and the apple trees. They make honey of all varieties–dark and light, sweet and rich, clover and bamboo, which is good to eat, good for medicine, and good for washing your hair. They make beeswax, which we use to make candles, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Pollen, which they bring back the hive, is consumed by humans to improve their immune system; propolis is another product made by bees and used for car wax and various medicinal purposes.

The best safety advice is to avoid an encounter with unfriendly Bees. Be alert for danger. Remember that bees sting to defend their colony, so be on the look out for honey bee swarms and colonies. Be alert for bees coming in and out of an opening such as a crack in a wall, or the hole in a utility box. Listen for the hum of an active bee colony. Look for bees in holes in the ground, holes in trees or cacti, and in sheds. Be extra careful when moving junk that has been lying around. Be alert for bees that are acting strangely. Quite often bees will display some preliminary defensive behavior before going into a full-fledged attack.

Bees can be dangerous and aggressive but that can be overlooked by taking the safety measures given above. In the long run, bees do more good for us than harm. The key is not to destroy those things that frighten us and can hurt us, but to learn to work with them Hence, we can call bee as our friends.

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