Pest Control: Bees

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Suspect you have Bees?

Bee's are extremely important to the environment so we at Pest-Tech help them by trying to re home as many swarms as possible. This can be very challenging and costly work if Honey Bees are in a chimney.

We also save bumble bees as well, normally they will be nesting in the insulation in the loft.

What You Need to Know About Bees

Bee Species. There are over 200 species of bee living around us in the UK, some are rare and some common such as the Bumble Bee and Honey Bee.

Bee Sting. Some bees are completely harmless, as they don’t have a sting however most do which can cause Anaphylactic Shock to some one who has allergies.

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In general when you come across a bee when out they are quite placid and this is fine, however if you have a situation where you have to deal with a swarm or a nest that has formed in the loft for example then this is where you have to be careful. Pest-Tech Ltd would always recommend you call a professional in to deal with them in this situation, as you do not know what the temperament of the colony is like.

It is always helpful to identify the type of bee when calling our pest control services to ensure we have the correct equipment to deal with the situation.

Bumble Bees.

Bumble bees are black, round and very fluffy. There are several different species of bumble bees which include the White tail bumble bee, Tree bumble bee and the Garden bumble bee all of which vary in size. There are on average 50 to 100 bumble bees in a colony which is quite small in comparison to honey bees. Pest-Tech Ltd has dealt with many bumble bee nests and you find them in the strangest of places.

The most common place to find a bumble bee’s nest in a urban environment is in the loft space, using the insulation to house the nest. They are crawlers so the nest can be up to 2 meters from the entrance point. You will know you have them, as you will often see the males circling the entrance trying to attract the females.

Other common places to find bumble bee nests are bird boxes and in cavity walls. It only needs a small entrance hole this can be something as simple as an old overflow pipe hole. Bumble Bees can sting if provoked, but generally they good-natured and if left alone they will go about their business and will interfere.

Honey Bees

Honey bees although similar looking to wasps in appearance and size, are usually much darker in colour and have a fluffy body (Thorax). Dependent on the size of a nest a small colony could have a couple of thousand bees however a large thriving nest can hold up to 50,000 bees. Honey bees collect pollen which is visible on the bee’s hind legs as they return to the nest. Honey bees also collect nectar which they store and turn into honey. They make and store a surplus of honey which they use over the winter months. Problems occur when honey bees decide to swarm, they may decide to take up residence in your home or garden.

Pest-Tech Ltd has removed many swarms from properties in and around Maidstone, all of which have been re-homed out in the countryside. When honey bees swarm they are looking for a new place to nest. The original colony has become too large for the existing nest so they split in half and swarm. If this occurs on your property it is recommended that you call in a professional to deal with the bees. They can then be re-homed in a safe environment so they can build a new home.

When a swarm is grouped they send out scout bees in search for a place to nest.
 When a swarm first arrives it will be disordered with thousands of bees flying about in all directions.
They will settle down and cluster together fairly quickly before entering their new home.
If the space for the new home is not big enough the swarm will leave in search of a new nest else where.

A common home for honey bees to nest is a chimney. Most chimneys are not in use in swarming season, which is the summer and bees will take advantage of this.
The first signs you will notice that a swarm is in your chimney are buzzing noises coming from the fireplace and a lot of bees falling down the chimney. Honey bees also nest in cavity walls of buildings like bumble bees so once again, every now and again take a quick walk round your property to ensure you have no obvious holes that may cause you problems from nesting bees. If you are unfortunate enough to have a swarm of bees in a cavity wall or you need to get a nest of bees moved from a difficult location then Pest-Tech Ltd will be happy to assist, ensuring everything will be done correctly.

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