How to deal with bees
Wasps are often confused with bees and Honey Bees in particular. However, furrier than wasps, Honey Bees vary in colour from golden brown to almost black. If you think you have Honey Bees, you should go to the British Bee Keepers Association find a swarm collector site, to find a bee keeper local to you who will come and collect the bees.
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Honey Bees – have a slim black and yellow hairy body. They are the only bees in this country that swarm and this usually occurs between mid April – early August. Tend to swarm near chimneys and then create a nest around them.
Mining or Mortar Bees – These bees are slightly larger than honey bees and are sometimes confused with wasps. The adult bees are not aggressive and do not sting. Will be seen working with honey bees to help pollinate flowers.
Bumblebees – They have a fury round black body with either yellow or orange stripes. Bumblebees nest close to the ground in places such as compost heaps, bushes and abandoned rodent holes. Bumblebees are the only bee that can sting more than once.
Bees can enter any structure or object that contains holes large enough for them. To prevent bees, seal all potential bee entry points with durable materials.
Reducing outdoor clutter can also prevent bees from nesting in your garden.
Unused appliances or lawn equipment found in gardens can attract honey bees since they provide sufficient shelter for a hive to thrive.
Abate tries not to treat bee nests.
If it is possible to relocate the nest, we will call in a local beekeeper. If the bees are at risk to people e.g. in a school, then this is the time when we may treat the nest.