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Bee Control

We Are On Hand To Treat Your Bees Nest

When the winter months draw to a close and spring is on the horizon, bees begin to surface in search of a nesting site. Identifying a bee nest and spotting the signs of a bee colony early could make it much easier to deal with in the long run.

Different types of bees will behave in different ways, which means there are a variety of signs that could indicate the formation of a bee's nest. Some bees form nests in the ground, some form them in the structure of the property, such as masonry bees. It is therefore, important to also identify the species of bee if you wish to locate the nest.

If you can see many bees flocking around your property, as opposed to two or three going in and out of an entry point, it is more than likely a bee swarm. Bees are endangered species and should be moved or relocated by skilled bee keepers wherever possible. It is easier to relocate a bee swarm, so if you notice these signs you should contact a bee keeper as soon as possible.

You may be able to hear scratching or popping noises coming from a cavity in the wall, under a shed or a chimney breast, as well as the buzzing sound of the bees themselves. The bees will be coming in and out of an entry point, perhaps through an air vent or a crack in the brickwork. Knowing how bees behave and noticing signs will help to prevent an infestation in your home. If you have noticed any of these signs and think you may have a bee infestation, Able Group can offer local bee removal at a time that is convenient to you.

Bees can enter your property through any gaps or cracks in brickwork
Bees can enter your property through any gaps or cracks in brickwork
Bees can enter your property through any gaps or cracks in brickwork

Types Of Bee

There are over 250 different species of bee that can be found throughout the United Kingdom. Here, we have narrowed it down to the three most common bee species that you will find in your gardens or in some unfortunate circumstances, your property.

Honey bees are one type of bee we deal with and they are identified by being black and yellow-orange in colour

Honey Bee

With a fluffy head and smooth body, these bees are black and yellow-orange in colour. They have been known to build nests anywhere, whether that be a hollow tree or your roof. There are three types of honey bee, a worker, queen and drone.

Another type of bee we deal with is bumble bees, they are large and are identified with black and yellow bands

Bumble Bee

Being the largest of these three species, they do not produce honey but are important for pollination services they provide. They make their nests anywhere, like the Honey bee. They have a look being fluffy all over with black and yellow bands.

Masonry bees are the smallest bee species we deal with, they look similar to wasps and can cause damage to properties by drilling into brickwork

Masonry Bee

These are the smallest of the bee species. They are black and orange in colour and can often be mistaken for wasps. These bees can be of particular nuisance as they can drill into brickwork to create cavities to build nests, causing potential for structural damage.

Bee Pest Control Treatment

Treatment

Our bee exterminators use professional equipment to eradicate nests

Our treatment for bee removal stems from the use of an extension rod which allows us to get to the entrance of the bee nest. An insecticide is then coated on the bees with the hope that the insecticide then gets into the bee nest itself and comes within direct contact of the queen and bee larvae which will kill off the nest.

Heights

Some bees can choose to build their nests on higher ground, for example in chimneys

As previously mentioned, some bees can build hives that are located far off of the ground, such as chimneys. Where the height is greater than what a ladder will reach, we may need to use hired equipment in order to access the bee hive. It is important you inform us if this is the case to ensure our bee exterminator does not waste their and your time.

Re-spray

If treatment has not worked the first time, we offer a revisit to re-treat the nest

Where the treatment for the bee nest has been applied and not killed off the bee hive within 48 hours we offer a job re-visit to re-apply the insecticide. As with most pest tasks there is never a 100% guarantee however, we use the very best treatment in order to help your bee control problem be a thing of the past.

Stings

The chance of obtaining a bee sting is relatively low. Bees rarely sting unless they are provoked or cornered into a situation where they feel highly threatened. Like with any insect sting, a bee sting carries a threat to life if the person stung happens to be allergic, in which case immediate emergency medical attention would need to be sorted.

Majority of bee stings don't require medical attention, however, removing the stinger from is vital to prevent additional venom being spread

Most insect stings require no additional medical care. However, in the event you are stung it is important to remove the stinger as whilst it is still in your skin it is pumping more venom into your body. Once removed, wash the area that has been stung with soap and water. If you are bothered by the itchiness, redness and swelling of the sting site, then a hydrocortisone cream can be applied to relieve some of these symptoms. For more information read the NHS page on bee stings by clicking here.

Bee Facts

Only female worker bees and queen bees can sting - only when frightened or protecting their colony

Not all bees can sting - Only female worker bees and the Queen bee can sting. They will only do so when they have been frightened or they are attempting to protect the bee colony. Worker bees will die once they have stung, whereas the queen has the ability to survive even after the sting.

Only queen bumblebees go into hibernation while the rest of the colony dies off

Not all bees hibernate - No, only the queen bumblebees will hibernate with the rest of the bee colony dying off. Honey bees do not hibernate at all and will instead cluster together using their bodies to generate heat. The bees will switch positions, alternating who is on the outside of the cluster embracing the cold.

Bees help with a lot of different things such  as increasing the availability of most fruit and vegetables

Bees are very useful - Bees are responsible for more than you think. It is not just honey but bees are in fact responsible for almost one third of all food produced, due to crop pollination. Without bee pollination, the availability of many fruit and vegetables would dramatically decrease.

Only queen bees lay eggs, and she will lay upwards of 1500 eggs per day

The queen populates the entire colony - The queen is the only bee in the hive that is able to lay eggs. She will lay upwards of 1,500 eggs per day. She can lay either fertilised or unfertilised eggs. The unfertilised eggs are then destined to become drones, whereas a fertilised egg can be either a worker bee or a queen itself.

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