I’ve had numerous calls this week from customers requesting bee’s nests be removed from their gardens and to all of those customers, I’ve had to say that I’m sorry, but I cannot help. For that reason, I wanted to write a short post to offer some guidance and to help people understand why our approach to bees is so different to that of wasps. As a rule, pest controllers do not apply bee treatments unless there is a very serious threat to human life. The reason being is that 25% of all bee types are endangered. In the UK and globally, bees face many threats. These include loss of their habitat, climate change, toxic pesticides and diseases. All of these factors combined makes an uncertain future for bees and many other pollinators. These threats have led to nearly 1 in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species facing extinction.
Although honey bees are capable of stinging, they are generally not aggressive and will not sting unless provoked. After the summer season, most bees will go away and not return to the nesting site the following year. By the time a colony has become obvious its activity will be about to decline naturally. Generally, colonies formed in spring usually decline naturally by late July, if not sooner.
On warm days bees will be more active and this is completely normal.
If you have children, the best tool against fear is education. By learning about bees, your children can begin to understand that these tiny creatures are much more than buzzing, stinging insects. They help bring us flowers, honey, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
If you have a bee’s nest near your property and have concerns, then the answer might be relocation. Contacting a local swarm collector to see if they can assist you would always be my first recommendation. Here is the link to the British Beekeepers Association, which allows you to find a beekeeper near you.
If you have any questions or want any advice, then please feel free to Mission Pest Control a call.