Pest Control News

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Healthy Bee Pest Control

Summer Pests Part 2 – How to Welcome Bees into Your Garden Safely

In 2006, bee keepers started to notice their bee colonies were declining. It has been known for some time that bees are susceptible to viruses and fungi but this was something different.
This time, it’s a mote. As a result of declining bee populations, most professional pest controllers don’t exterminate bee colonies as standard pest control practice – they will relocate them.
Not all bees are honeybees but ALL bees are important pollinators of food crops, flowers and shrubs. But they are not protected in the UK, as many people think which is why it is important that we take steps to ensure that bees are nurtured, remaining part of our landscape and eco-system.

Do bees have knees?

There is an expression, ‘the bee’s knees’ which means something is of high value. This leads many people to assume this expression was coined because bees have knees.
Unfortunately, it is a myth, the origin of the saying unknown because bees don’t have kneecaps although they do have jointed legs.

What does a bee colony look like?

In a bee colony, there will be a single queen, thousands of female workers and when the summer comes, hundreds of male drones. Come the winter, these males are evicted, subsequently dying of the cold.
Bees live in a well-ordered society. If the queen bee dies or is removed from the colony, the nest simply falls apart from the ensuing chaos. The maximum population of a bee colony can be up to 50,000, significantly larger than other nest building insects. The bumblebee colony is less, with between 50 and 150 bees.

Where do bees go at night?

We are used to seeing furry buzzy bees bumbling about during the day, assuming that they return to their cosy colonies for a good night’s sleep.
However, scientists have found that bees don’t sleep, they just lay motionless to conserve their energy. You may also find a bee doing this during the day, on a wall or a window sill. Unless they are in danger, leave them there as they are conserving their energy, ready to take flight to look for more pollen and sweet nectar.
Bees will fly up to five miles for food, although they tend to stay within a mile radius of their colony.

How do bees fly?

They often look clumsy but this is part and parcel of the bee conserving energy as it searches for food.
For example, they don’t fly higher than they need to, only gaining altitude if there is something in their path. They also follow designated routes when they leave the colony, often zooming along at high speed and be surprised by a new obstacle in their path i.e. you!

How well do bees see?

Scientists believe that the bee has fantastic eye sight for such a small insect, capable of seeing a range of colours that other insects can’t but bees apparently are red colour-blind. They can also see large amounts of ultra violet light which means that even on a dull day, they can see well.

Why do bees sting?

Like wasps, the bee will sting in defence. This means when you get in the way or they feel under threat, or when the queen wants to get rid of another queen etc.

So, I HAVE to live with a bee colony?

No, you don’t. If the bee colony feels under attack, a bee can deliver a nasty sting. We always find relocation of bee nests preferable over extermination. Why not give our expert bee team a call?
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