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4 Things You Need To Know About Sweat Bees

Carlos Douglas

More than 4,000 species of native bees make the United States their home, and you may encounter a number of these creatures in your backyard. One particularly distressing bee is the sweat bee, a bee that is attracted to human sweat. Here are four things you need to know about sweat bees.

What do sweat bees look like?

Sweat bees are a large family of bees with similar characteristics, and their appearance can vary between individual species. Usually, they're dark colored, but some of them are bright green or red. Some even have the yellow and black markings that you may associated with honeybees or bumblebees. However, these bees often have a metallic shine to their bodies that helps you to distinguish them from other types of bees. If you see a bee with this characteristic metallic shine, you can assume that it's a sweat bee.

How do sweat bees differ from other bee species?

Honeybees are famous for being highly-social creatures that live in large, well-organized nests. Sweat bees live a very different lifestyle. Instead of living in large family groups, sweat bees prefer to live on their own or in pairs. Since they are loners, you don't need to worry about them infesting your house or taking over your backyard. However, this doesn't mean that they're not pests or that they can't cause problems for you.

While other types of bees are attracted to things that look or smell like flowers—like perfume, scented lotions or brightly-colored clothing—sweat bees are attracted to human sweat. Even if you wear plain-colored clothes and avoid scents, these bees will still be attracted to you. The moisture and salt in your sweat is appealing to these bees.

Are sweat bees dangerous?

Like other types of bees, sweat bees sting when they're annoyed or frightened. Since these bees are attracted to your sweat and will land on your skin, you may instinctively swat at them. This will scare the bees, and in response, they may sting you. If you're not allergic to their venom, the sting will be painful, like a regular bee sting. If you're allergic, you could have a serious systemic reaction. Allergic reactions to sweat bees aren't connected to reactions to other stinging insects, so not reacting to honeybee stings doesn't mean that you're not allergic to sweat bee stings.

How can sweat bees be controlled?

Sweat bees like to live in either rotting wood or loose soil. To get rid of them, make sure there's no suitable habitat on your property. Rotting wood, like fallen trees, should be removed. Loose soil should be either packed down to prevent tunneling or treated with pesticides that are designed to kill bees. For further protection, take steps to avoid sweating when you're outdoors, like wearing lighter clothing or fanning yourself.

Sweat bees can be major nuisances, so take steps to keep them away from your yard. To learn more, contact a company like ASAP Bee Removal.