Pest Control News

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Bees- Friend or Foe?


We have been inundated with calls about bees so far this season. Some bees may look like wasps, however due to the weather not being as warm as it has been in previous years, the wasp season does not seem to have ‘kicked off’ yet. 

If you are seeing nests or swarms in or around your home, we implore you to consider if they are truly a pest problem. We say this as most pest controllers don’t like to treat bees. They are so important to our ecosystem and their pollination of flowers is imperative. Bees usually will not opt to harm a human, however they will do so if they feel threatened or to protect their colony. 

The most typical species of bees you are likely to come across are honey bee and bumble bees. Honey bees are typically mating now which in turn will create a new queen. Once this queen is established, then the old queen will swarm and move on to create a new colony. Nesting sites of bees can vary depending on species, some nest is wall cavities, lofts, old rodent nests, trees etc. 

When you see a large swarm of bees, they are usually resting whist protecting their queens. The swarm itself can look quite intimidating however, if you leave them alone, they will eventually move on after a couple of days. 

It is suggested, where possible, to leave bees to their own devices. They will not nest in the same location twice, so if you are able to live with your bee friends then there is no need to contact a pest controller. If however if the bees are causing concern or a health risk (as some people are highly allergic to bee stings), they we would suggest calling in a professional to have a look and offer some advice about the best course of action to take.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Different types of bees found in the UK

Different types of bees

There are a number of different species of bee in the United Kingdom. The appearance, behaviour and nesting preferences are all dependent on the species. They come in all shapes and sizes as well as different colours. Below you will find a list of just some of the bees you may encounter during this particular time of year. 

Bumble Bees
This is one of the most social species of bee. They nest in colonies varying in size and work together to maintain this. 

Early bumblebee
This bumble bee is the smallest in the UK. You will see them around gardens and in the trees. They tend to live in deserted burrows and are usually seen between March and June. 
They have yellow and black bands across their bodies with an orange tail. 

Tree bumblebee
The tree bumble bee, as the name suggests can be found nesting in trees. They like to nest high up. You will usually see them between March and July. They are mainly ginger in colour with a white tail and black abdomen.

Honey bees
There is actually only one species of honey bee in the UK and most of them live in hives kept by beekeepers. You will see them buzzing around between March and October. They usually have yellow and black stripes and have less of the ‘fluffy’ appearance compared to the bumble bee. 

Solitary bees

Carder bee
These bees are predominantly brown in colour with yellow spots along their abdomen. They can vary in colour depending on the amount of sunlight they have been exposed to. They prefer to nest in high locations like trees. Carder bees can be seen between May and July. 

Leafcutter bees
Leafcutter bees are true to their name, cutting leaves to create a nice lining for the females’ eggs. These bees are usually seen between May and August. Nesting preference is away from the ground, but close enough to collect pollen and nectar to feed their young.

Mining bee
The mining bee can usually be seen between March and July. They nest in the ground and can be found in many different habitats, most commonly on grassy slopes. They are an orange colour on the top and have black abdomens. They also have the ‘fluffy’ appearance.

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