Bees In Bristol

Bees & Their Control In Bristol: 07427 626686

honey bees swarming in bristol
Honey bees swarm in a Bristol garden.

Are UK Honey Bees and Bumble Bees Protected By Law?

NO! – Bees Are Not Protected, but 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

honey bees swarm into chimney
Honey bees swarm into a disused chimney in Bristol.

Honey bees are the best-known bees and the only species of bee used in the UK for honey production.

Honey Bees are social insects living in colonies with a queen and a cast of worker bees. Swarms can exceed 50000 insects.

Bumble Bees

tree bumble bees in attic
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.

The most significant problems are caused when aggressive Tree Bumble Bees nest in people’s attics, and the ceiling begins to buzz!

Masonry Bees

Masonry bees have powerful mandibles.

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

mining bees infest garden lawns in  Bristol
Mining bees infest a garden lawn in Bristol

Mining bees are solitary and often live in close proximity to one another. This species of bee does not have a queen and 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 the 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 and requires householder consent and written instruction during the inspection visit before we carry out any treatment.

How Dangerous Are Bees?

Being equipped with a sting makes angry bees a formidable force of nature.

Most bees are only aggressive when threatened or disturbed; however, you must 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 isnt pleasant, and if you do get stung, it’s essential to remove the sting 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.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid being stung by insects and straightforward ones.