Over the past decade, one-third of the UK’s bee population has been lost – and since bees are relied upon to pollinate a large number of crops and 90% of wild plants, losing them completely could have a major effect on the environment, agriculture and businesses. While it’s important that we do all we can to protect bees, it’s not uncommon to have them nesting around your home or business, making you feel unsafe and causing damage to your property.
When this happens, it’s important that you get in touch with your local pest control who can sort the problem in the safest and most efficient way. But what does bee removal involve exactly? For all you need to know about having bees removed from your home or workplace, this blog will guide you through the initial signs, how to ward them off and what an exterminator can do.
Bees: A mini overview of the creatures
As one of nature’s most important creatures, bees have an important role in the environment around us. During the warmer months, this is the time when you will start to see bees out in full force, however, the process of finding a nest starts before this which is when you may spot the first signs of a hive being built.
What type of bees could be causing a problem?
While some bees tend to live on their own, honeybees and bumblebees live in large groups called colonies. Bumblebee colonies will have up to 50 bees living in the group, however, honeybees live in hives which can hold many thousands of bees at one time. When honeybee hives become too crowded, the queen may choose to fly off, taking a large number of worker bees with her, the swarm will then nestle on a nearby branch or another temporary place, while scouts look for a new place to set up the hive.
What happens in a bees nest?
Bumblebee hives are different from honeybee hives, for one, bumblebee hives only last a few months or weeks whereas honeybee hives can last for years. There is also a difference between both species in terms of their jobs. The main task for bumblebees is to collect nectar and pollen from flowers which are stored in wax containers within the hive.
In comparison, honeybees use their hive as a location for producing honey – although both forage for nectar. Honeybees store nectar in their stomach and while inside this mixes with enzymes inside of the bee, transforming the nectar’s PH levels making it more suitable for storage. When they have returned to the hive, the nectar is deposited into the cells..
Where do bees like to nest?
Each year some bees have the important task of finding the perfect place to build their hive, unfortunately, this could be close to your property. In most cases, bees tend to nest in areas that are quiet, protected and dry. Bumblebees may build their hives in disused burrows and holes within trees, as might honeybees. However, it’s not uncommon to find a hive within your home especially in areas that are less used such as garages, lofts and even in wall cavities.
Reasons to tackle bee problem
Finding a beehive can be a scary experience, as having one so close can make the area unsafe. Here we explain why calling a professional out to relocate or remove a hive may be beneficial.
If you, your family member or your employees are allergic to bees, having a beehive nearby puts them at high risk of getting stung. And although they only usually sting when provoked or threatened, all animals can be unpredictable. Bee allergies can result in serious complications, especially if you are unaware that you are allergic. From swelling of the throat to shortness of breath, always have a beehive removed particularly in a business setting where you are responsible for your employee’s safety.
Your home should be a safe place to relax, so having a beehive nearby could jeopardise this. If you have small children, beehives can be intriguing to them, and they may unknowingly find themselves in danger if they get too close.
Hives that are built in locations such as above doorways or windows are inconvenient and can be unsafe. If open and closing a door disturbs the hive each time, you may be stung, and unable to use this area of the home easily.
How is a bee problem treated in domestic and commercial property?
Most importantly, if you find a beehive in or around your property, never attempt to get rid of it yourself. Unlike wasps, bees are less aggressive, however, when threatened the risk of getting stung is more likely. A trained expert will be able to assess the situation, with the right protective gear, and knowledge as to what method is needed to remove or treat the hive. There are, however, a few things that you can do to minimise the chances of bees choosing your home or property as the perfect place to build their hive.
Although it can be hard to prevent bees from building their nests near your home, especially if you have a large garden, practical changes can ward them off and make your home an unsuitable host.
Keep your garden tidy: Outdoor spaces which are full of garden furniture and clutter can be attractive to bees. If they are not in use, make sure you store them away safely so they don’t become breeding grounds for bees – the underneath of benches, slides and other items provides shelter, and therefore, seem the right place to build a hive.
Invest in fly nets: During the summer, you’ll have your windows open a lot more than usual to keep your home or workplace more ventilated. However, this also provides an easy entrance for bees to get into your home – and you might not even notice if the window is upstairs or at the back of the property. Fly nets are a great way of preventing bees and other small bugs and insects from getting in, but still allowing fresh air to flow through.
Assess the property: Both at home and in a commercial setting, it’s important that you keep an eye on all areas of the property. Lofts and garages often go long periods of time without anyone going in, which makes them perfect undisturbed areas for bees.
Cover up cracks: Filling in any cracks around your windows, doors and walls, will prevent bees from squeezing through. Over time bees may be getting into the property one by one, looking for the perfect spot to build their hive.
Professional bee control
If you’ve tried some of the suggested prevention techniques but bees have still found their way in, or the problem has escalated quickly, call your local pest control company who can help. Not all cases require a nest to be killed off, sometimes the nest can be relocated to a safer area as these creatures should be protected wherever possible. However, if this cannot be done, other methods will need to be used such as pesticide spray which will contaminate the hive.
Eliminate: Professional bee, rodent and wasp pest control
To solve your bee problem you should always seek the help of a professional pest control service, who have the experience and expertise to make your home or commercial property safe again. Eliminate, based in Scotland and Northern England, specialise in many areas of pest control offering fast response call-outs and practical solutions that will prevent the same situation from reoccurring. For more information get in touch today and find out more.