With Bristol Pest Control

Honey bees swarm in a Bristol garden.

Do Bristol’s Bees Have Legal Protection?

NO! – Bees in Bristol Do Not Enjoy Protection Under The Law! However, in our opinion, Honey Bee control and removal of bees nests and colonies should be better regulated with accreditation.

What Kind Of Bees Do I Have?

The most common species or kinds of bees you are likely to encounter and possibly view as a nuisance or a pest include Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Masonry Bees, Mining Bees and Carpenter Bees.

Honey Bees

A swarm of Honey bees enter a disused chimney.

The Honey bee is the best-known bee and the only species of bee used in the UK for honey production. These bees are social insects living in colonies with a queen and a cast of worker bees. Large Swarms can exceed 50000 insects, often causing alarm and panic.

Bumble Bees

Tree bumble bees nesting in loft insulation.

Bumble bees social insects living in colonies at low level under paths, hedges and in plant pots and walls.

Most problems occur when aggressive Tree Bumble Bees nest in people’s attics, causing the ceiling to buzz!

Masonry Bees

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Masonry bees have powerful mandibles.

Our native Masonry bees are solitary, and although they can live near one another, these bees do not have a queen or social structure.

Mason bees can become a serious structural risk to your property if they are burrowing into the soft mortar or the bricks because the numerous holes allow water penetration.

Mining Bees

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Mining bees infest a garden lawn in Bristol

The Mining bee is solitary but often lives in close proximity to others of the same species. This bee does not have a queen or social structure.

Mining bees are best known for their frenzied mating swarms that can exceed a thousand insects.

Why Are Some Bees Killed?

Not everyone loves honey bees. Those who suffer both phobias and severe allergic reactions like the life-threatening condition Anaphylactic shock, need to be better protected.

Anaphylactic shock is caused by your bodies response to bee venom, affecting adults and children.

In the vast majority of cases, probably 95%, the bees disembark before we arrive or are collected to be re-homed in hives throughout your local countryside.

Common Reasons For Bee Control

The exceptions are situations where the bees actively enter a residential building through a roof, chimney or wall void, making lethal control unavoidable.

There is also a common misconception that beekeepers will come rushing to help you.

We find that in 95% of cases a beekeeper won’t be available or even contactable in an emergency.

A shortage of available beekeepers have necessitated the need for us become very experienced in managing swarms safely.

Negligent Use Of Pesticides

We have come to realise, that where we don’t control the final 5% safely and sensitively, there are plenty of inappropriate chemicals that amateurs can purchase, to kill the bees themselves.

Indiscriminate pesticide use poses a greater risk, and often contaminates surrounding hives, causing untold damage to local bee populations.

Customers have tried to kill bees with white spirit, petrol, expanding foam, silicone sealant, boiling water, high-pressure jetters and fire!

For us, we must stress control is always a last resort. We require householder consent and written instruction during the inspection visit before any treatment.

How Dangerous Are Bees In Bristol?

Angry bees equipped with a sting are a formidable force of nature.

Fortunately, most bees are only aggressive when threatened or disturbed. The exception to this is a to remember that a compact, settled swarm in a shrub or on a fence post won’t be protecting any brood, so is unlikely to attack if left alone.

An unsettled, fragmented swarm with lots of frantic activity across a broad area is likely to be riskier.

What’s needed, is a visit from one of our experts. Very often by the time we get to you, the swarm has flown off.

Are Bee Stings Dangerous?

Bee venom isn’t pleasant. If you do get stung, it’s essential to remove the sting. You can achieve this by scraping it off with a nail or credit card as soon as possible.

Because we all react differently to stings, it’s important to remember that some people can die from a single sting.

A severe allergic reaction to a sting may result in Anaphylactic Shock; a life-threatening condition.

We recently wrote a blog post on “how to avoid being stung” by bees. Learn how you can avoid getting stung today!