BEES & BEE NEST RELOCATION
There are over 200 types of bee in the UK, including 25 types of Bumble bees. 25% of bee types are endangered but they don’t have protected status.
Bumble bees (Bombus) do not produce honey but they are important pollinators of a wide range of crops and wildflowers by virtue of their abundance.
Depending on the species they will either favour nests or small colonies at height in bird boxes/roof eaves as with the tree bumble bee. Alternatively, they are also found low level in compost bins/holes in the ground like the white-tailed bumble bees.
As a company we would advocate that any type of bumblebee nest be left. Bee relocation is only really successful in situations where there is little or no disturbance to the structure of the nest in the process of moving it.
In no circumstances as with the majority of pest control companies today would we treat and eradicate a bee nest.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are the most talked-about bee species. Like the bumble bee many fruit and vegetable crops rely on honey bee pollination. In truth honey bees rarely present problems as pests.
Whilst feral swarms in and around your home is undesirable and intimidating, swarms will take off within a day or two to occupy a more suitable home.
We would prefer to educate by reassuring the customer that if a bee swarm is left alone the risk of being stung is minimal. We would advise keeping a safe distance, a feral swarm is fascinating and enjoyable to watch and leaving them to fulfil their cycle also benefits the ecosystem around your home.
Clearly if a bee swarm needs relocating we can work in association with local beekeepers and other specialists to achieve this. Eradication is not an option we would consider.