Bee Problems? Call us on
Bees are not generally considered to be a pest, they are one of, if not THE most important insects on the planet. Honey bees polinate a massive amount of the food and produce we use and eat everyday in every country in the world, without them we would be in very serious trouble indeed. Honey bees are also having a tough time themselves with disease and there numbers are low…. Higher than in previous years but all that can be done to protect them should be considered.
Having said that, there are occasions when bees can become troublesome and pose a threat not only to your personal safety but also to damageing your home. If a swarm of honey bees decides to take up residence in your chimney or within the fabric of your house they do unfortunately at that point have to be destroyed. Bees as well as being a highly social and complex insect can also be extremely dangerous, in fact quite possibly one of the most dangerous creatures that exist. Once bees have made a home they will protect it to the last bee, so any disturbance to that nest will be met with immediate aggressive behaviour. Honey bee nests contain ten’s of thousands of bees, its not unusual to find bee nests with over a quarter of a million bees living within. For this reason a homeowner should never try to tackle bees themselves ever, always call in a professional who will be able to advise on the best course of action for your particular circumstances.
The most common place for bees to nest on homes is in chimneys, most people think that they only use disused and blocked chimneys, this is not the case, it is very common for bees to try to nest in open chimneys and when this happens it can be very frightening for the homeowner as the bees can enter the living areas of the house in large numbers.
Apart from nesting on homes and in chimneys, you may also come across a bee swarm, a large collection of bees in the process of moving home. This can be quite a frightening experience for someone who does not understand bees. When bees move home they leave their existing nest and move to a staging point and gather around the queen in a swarm, normally hanging in a large cluster from a tree or bush branch or gathered on a fence or wall. At this point they send of scouts to look for home sites and stay in the swarm normally for around 24 hours (this can be longer depending upon the weather) until they move onto their new hive. As I said earlier this can be a frightening experience to see them arrive but interestingly the bees are at this point at the least dangerous they will ever be as they have no home to protect so as a general rule of thumb bees are partcularly docile and not interested in stinging anyone whilst swarming. They should however still be treated with respect and not messed around with by anyone other than a professional but you should be in no danger with a swarm of bees in your garden. Here at Pestbusters HQ we keep bees and often re-stock ours with swarms collected from customers gardens but even when we do not need them we will either talk you through what will happen with your swarm in the next 24 hours or come over and put them in a box and move them on for you.