Bees

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Bees Bumble Bees honey bee

We will not treat , move or kill bees under any circumstances. 

For honey bee swarms you should contact a local bee keeper. A Honey bee colony swarms in April, May and June and are easily identified by their sheer numbers, often in the thousands.

More often than not a swarm moves several times over a few days, as the queen searches for a suitable home, such as a hole in a large tree. After each move the queen rests to recover, and some workers get left behind when she moves off again.

Honey bee swarms can only be killed where there is no option for moving them, and where they are confined. Swarms in trees are best left, or collected by bee keepers.

Bumble Bee

A Bumble bee nest is relatively harmless and are best left alone. Nests do not represent a problem or threat. They will just go about their business for a couple of months before they disappear. They will not sting unless molested. Children and pets will come into contact with bees throughout the summer, as they visit flowers in the garden for pollen and nectar.

For advice call 07974 127565. We can arrange to look at bee problems and offer advice and information, but there will be a call out charge for a visit, usually £40+vat.

Identification

There are many species of bee in Britain, (  250+ ) and these are broadly divided into three groups, Honey Bees, Bumble Bees and Solitary Bees.

The pictures below show the difference between a bumble bee, wasps, a honey bee and a hornet. Click on the image to view. Wasps are easily identified by their bright yellow appearance, whereas most bees are light brown to black. Most bumble bees are large and fluffy.

Whilst most social bees can sting, they rarely do so if left alone. Wild bee numbers are in decline throughout Britain and are best left in peace.