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Sweat Bees

Sweat Bees, part of the Halictidae family, are one species of native bees common across Tucson and Green Valley. They are known for their attraction to human sweat, from which they derive salts and moisture. These bees are generally harmless and less aggressive than other bees, such as Africanized honeybees. Sweat Bees play a crucial role in pollination, particularly for many wildflowers and crops. Bill’s Home Service provides gentle management solutions to maintain the balance between human activities and the ecological benefits provided by these bees.


  • Color: Varies widely, from metallic green to blue and bronze, to more subdued black or brown tones.
  • Size: Small, typically ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 inches in length.
  • Body: Compact with a slight build, often shiny and metallic-looking.


Sweat Bees are solitary bees that nest in the ground or in wood. They are not prone to swarming and generally sting only if handled roughly. Their attraction to sweat can make them a nuisance during outdoor activities, but they are important pollinators for many plants and crops.


While generally not dangerous, Sweat Bees can be a nuisance, especially in large numbers. Their stings are mild compared to other bees and rarely cause more than temporary discomfort. However, their presence can be bothersome, particularly in recreational or outdoor settings.

Control Measures 

Effective management of Sweat Bees involves:

  • Nesting Site Reduction: Minimizing bare ground and wood piles that can serve as nesting sites.
  • Barrier Methods: Using clothing and repellents to deter bees during peak activity times.
  • Education: Informing the public about the beneficial roles of Sweat Bees and how to coexist with them without harm.

Bill’s Home Service focuses on non-invasive strategies to manage Sweat Bees, emphasizing preservation of their pollinating activities while reducing their impact on human activities.

For knowledgeable Sweat Bee management in Tucson and Green Valley, trust Bill’s Home Service. Contact us today at (520) 277-2720 to learn more about our environmentally respectful bee management services or to schedule a consultation.

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    Jake Swinehart
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