Bees have their way of surviving during the winter, just like other insects in Florida. Florida winters are mild and brief, therefore, the bees are active nearly all year long. Despite that, winter is the most difficult time of year for wild bees.
So where do bees go in the winter in Florida and what do they do? They move to wooden areas, trees, homes, houses, among others, in order to find a new home for themselves. Their main reason is to build nests where they can keep the queen warm. Because of this, they huddle together to form a cluster in their new nest.
Is There A Bee Season In Florida?
Typically, the bee season in Florida begin as soon as the red maple tree starts blooming in this state. And according to the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, it occurs sometime in January or February. This means that bees can starts collecting the nectar at this time. Also, blueberry pollination starts in Florida before February.
Moreover, during the bee season, these insects reproduce and shift to new places. It is in this season that you will see them hover in the air and near trees as they search for a new place to stay. Florida is known to have long and hot summers that make it favorable for bees to live in.
Do Bees Hibernate Or Die Off In Florida?
Wild bees go dormant and hibernate in the wintertime. They form clusters and remain inactive during the period. In some cases, the queen survives but the drone and worker bees die off. Thus, the queen will have to find a new colony after the death of the previous one.
Wild bees will die of hyperthermia if they are exposed to low outside temperatures and their body temperature drops to 45° F. Even more, a temperature of 28°F will definitely kill a bee. Only honey bees stay active in winter and are able to survive cold weather.
At What Temperatures Do Bees Become Inactive In Winter?
In Florida, winter temperatures can reach 57°F at night, or even more in the south. It is at this temperature that bees become inactive. They are not able to fly very well when the air temperature falls below 55°F.
They will move to new nests and cluster tightly together to generate their body heat. The heat they create helps them to survive in the new colony. They might also flutter their wings to produce even more heat. That way, they remain inactive until the cold temperatures pass when they can come out and hover in the air again. Wild bees become active again when the air temperature reaches 72-77º F.
What Bees Are Active During Winter In Florida?
Honey bees are more active in the winter, unlike other bees. Despite the cooler temperatures in Florida, you will spot them flying out. They are also unlikely to die due to the low temperatures.
Honey bees in Florida spend more time collecting pollen and nectar as food during the summer, and then they store it in form of energy source and honey for the wintertime. That way, they spend the winter months eating their stored food. For this reason, they have enough energy to withstand the cold weather, unlike other bees.
Can You Get Rid Of Bee Nests In Winter?
During the winter, wild bees can form nests anywhere around your property, causing damage and inconvenience to your daily activities. While some bees form nests in the house, others can form nests in a tree outside your house.
To avoid annoying them while undertaking your daily activities, you can find ways of getting rid of their hives. However, it is recommended to knock down a beehive in late winter or early spring. This is the safest time because their population in the beehive is the smallest at this time.
Here are some of the ways that you can use to prevent bee nests in your home:
· Home remedies for bee nests around your home
Some of the natural ways of repelling bees include using cinnamon, garlic, cucumber peels, among others. These smells are not pleasant to bees, and that way, if they find the smell, they will move to a different nest.
· Avoid flowers or plants that attract bees
Bees love flying around colorful flowers and plants that give off a nice, strong fragrance and have nectar. Whenever winter is approaching, you can remove all plants that can attract bees to your home. Leaving these flowers to blossom can make more swarms come to your property.
- Cover holes on trees
Bees are attracted to wooded areas and trees that have hollows and holes. Here they’ll build new nests during the winter. To avoid this, you should cover a hole that you find in a tree close to your house. In some cases, it may be necessary to cut down the tree to avoid more bees clustering. This is because as soon as winter is over, the swarming bees can harm you, your family and pets.
· Cover air ducts and vents in your home
Bees can get into your house through the chimney or house ventilation system. They can also use the door and windows to get into your home. So be sure to cover the ventilation and close the doors and windows to stop the bees from coming to your home.
· Contact a specialist
If you notice a beehive in your home, you should call in a bee control professional. He will be able to safely remove the nest from your property without killing the bees or letting you get hurt.
If your Florida home is experiencing a bee infestation, reach out to our expert team at Wildlife Troopers for help, or request a free trapping and removal quote today! (