Pest Control News

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Bees- Friend or Foe?

Bees

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.