Pest Control News

Friday, 29 May 2020

Bees

Bees

Bees are very important to our ecosystem and this is the time of year that you could see a lot more of them. The queens are starting to wake up and are going on the search for pollen, nectar and a safe location to start building a hive. Bees really are wonderful, from doing a waggle dance to inform other members of the hive where the best flowers are, to their big bodies and little wings which make them look like they should not be able to fly, to their production of delicious honey. Bees are key, and we must do our best to look after them. We will always look to rehome a bee nest with local beekeepers wherever possible. Interestingly, there are a few different types of bees in the UK; the Honeybee, Carpenter Bee and Bumble Bee. 


Honeybee
Honeybees are super sociable and can live in huge numbers. A honeybee hive can survive for many years and are typically located in trees or lofts. Honeybees can be confused with wasps as they look the most similar. However, honeybees tend to have a fluffy looking middle and brown legs, compared to the smooth body of the wasp and their yellow legs. Honeybees can and will sting you, although they would only do so if they feel threatened. If you are stung by a honeybee, they will die afterwards due to their stinger detaching from their bodies. They are usually yellow/orange/brown in colouring.

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bees solitary bees. They will typically source a good nesting location in wooden objects by burrowing down creating holes to form a suitable nesting ground and lay their eggs. Unlike other bee species, these bees will birth, look after and feed their young themselves before they are old enough to leave the hive. Interestingly, carpenter bees are used for commercial pollination now due to them being so good at it. 

Bumble Bee
The bumble bee is the easiest species of bee to recognise. They have large round bodies that tend to look fluffy. They are the typical yellow and black striped colours and are a very sociable species. They tend to build their hives underground, however they have been known to build nests in loft spaces and underground. Unlike the honeybee, if a bumble bee stings you, it can do so more than once. 

Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between bees and wasps, so please feel free to give us a call. We can most certainly help and offer advice. 
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