The bees or wasps might not attack right away, but they will often be on the defensive, which means that even a small thing can set them off. I'm thinking they might be hornets, but I'm just not sure. The nurse bees and the queen bees might be up and active throughout the night as well. I was worried that they could have another escape route (like inside the house!). If the colony is stressed or in danger, you will see a higher-than-usual level of alertness. we have a floodlight in our backyard and the other night I watched around 17 of them come attack the light and fall to the ground and go back again. They hit the ceiling and bounce off. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar. Competition for limited food sources There is less competition for food since there are fewer species active at night, competing for nectar from flowers. I can’t speak for all bees, but honeybees sleep. There are just so many hundreds of bees coming in and out. I live in north Georgia. Attack and Defense. At least I'm assuming they died. Bees can become really aggressive, and since there are more bees in the hive during the night, things can get really out of control. Though the male carpenter bees cannot sting, they are quite aggressive when it comes to protecting and defending their nests. It is probably true that not many people get stung at night. Nevertheless, the rumor that bees can’t sting at night persists, and I hear it frequently. They are black with a huge golden and black striped stinger. If attempting to treat your yard, or nesting site, it is recommended to do so at night, while bees are less active, or while wearing protective gear. Even worse (and a little funny) is that bees and wasps will often go after your collar or cuff, depending on what you’re wearing, because these areas will … By plugging the hole at night they were trapped inside the nest and died. Obviously, that didn't work and was a waste of wasp spray. But the reason is simple: bees are home at night and so are you. At night, we sprayed the hole. On a busy summer’s afternoon, standing in front of a hive is a bit like standing in the middle of a freeway. There are these huge bees that are on our deck every night and every time we open the door they come in. Anybody know what they could be? Bees foraging at night might be less susceptible to attack from parasites and predators, than those active in the day. Try to drive the bees away instead of straight up exterminating them, ground bees are important for the ecosystem; Avoid using chemicals and pesticides, they only harm the soil It is best that you attack their nests at night. My point being, bees can and do attack aggressively unprovoked as I am living proof. The following night we plugged the hole with a cork. A worker honey bee can sting whenever she wants—including the wee hours of night. ... During a hive attack, honey bees have the ability to heat their abdomens up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit cooking whatever predator enters their hive. Both myself, the individual who had to endure the bees while installing our cable, and the wife of the beekeeper were all stung by the aggressive bees. They didn't. They are some freaken scary looking bees and are HUGE and ONLY come out at night - most of the time we see them from 9pm - 4am when we take the dogs out and have to have lights on. Male bees are usually a lot more aggressive and though they don’t have stingers they can chase the intruder in swarms. Why do some bees forage at night? They also have a defense mechanism that confuses predator insects, they call it the shimmery defense. But, by morning time, they're dead.