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These insects are bees of the apis mellifera species, and may sting if threatened or harmed.

Honeybees are usually found in swarms or small groups and they make a distinct buzzing sound as they fly around the house or yard. You will see them around flowers and garden plants are they forage for nectar during the day. Large numbers of bees may be found clustered on shrubbery and trees. Hives are often found in attics, chimneys or wall voids or among landscape trees.

Honeybees provide wax and honey and also play a very significant role as pollinators. Hives easily become overcrowded at which point thousands of bees will leave the hive in a swarm. Unlike their daily ritual of leaving the hive to forage and returning at night, these bees often settle to rest in a cluster on a tree branch or other object until a new hive is formed. If threatened or accidentalyy squished these bees will sting and many individuals are extremely allergic to them. A sever reaction to a bite may include swelling, dizzines or difficult breathing even though a single bee can only sting them once.

Once you find a hive infested with honeybees you should contact a professional beekeeper or pest-control operator to remove the nest. Trying to remove the hive or swarm yourself may result in injury. Each honeybee can sting only once but a swarm of thousands has enough venom to be fatal. If you are stung, scrape the stinger off with a knife or sharp fingernail and apply cold compressed to keep swelling down. Avoid squeezing the area as this could put more venom in the wound. If any signs of severe reaction manifest contact your doctor immediately. The best bet with honey bees is avoidance unless you are a professional.