“Mary, If you have honeybees in a tree, you may want to leave them be.”
Bees are great pollinators and you will enjoy your flowers and/or garden being plentiful. I have had people in the past who requested I help them remove the bees and this is not an easy or inexpensive removal. When thinking about tree removal, most companies will not cut the tree down until the bees are completely removed or secured inside. With that being said, let’s put the cost aside and think about the bees.
This is a very good question. The life span of the honeybee varies: the location, climate, job and sex of the bees all play a role. A honeybee colony can live for thousands of years. Each bee‘s life is different; the drone bee can live several months until it starts to get cooler, then they are kicked out of the hive to die. The average worker bees lives 21 days but, during the winter they may live up to a total of 3 or 4 months. If they are not tasked with as much work they are able to live longer. However, the worker bee often dies from work, ultimately causing their wings to fall off. The queen bee can live up to 5 years.