Bees & Their Control In Bristol: 07427 626686
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 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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.