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We have many years’ experience dealing with bees – including relocating bee swarms and removing bees nests.
We will always relocate a nest or swarm wherever possible. It is very much a last resort to destroy a colony, as bees are ecologically important to the pollination of our flowers and the production of honey and beeswax.
It is vital for experienced Helliar pest control technicians to identify the type of bee, so that we can explore every possibility of relocation before considering extermination.
With over 19,000 known species of bees, the three types of bee we mostly come across are the bumblebee, the solitary/masonry bee and the honeybee.
Bumblebees aren’t easily confused with other bees as they are rounder, larger, and furrier. Nesting sites are usually underground in old burrows, bird boxes, under the decking or in the compost bin. Bumblebees are social and live in a colony with a queen and the workers. Bumblebees build new nests each spring, with 50 to 200 bees during peak population in mid to late summer. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but usually ignore humans and other animals.
The masonry bee is harmless to humans as its sting cannot pierce our skin.They tend to nest in a wide variety of cavities including pits and crevices in wood, stonework and flawed masonry. If they cannot find any cavities they have the ability to tunnel through soft brick cement and excavate a cavity for their nest.
Honeybees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to nearly black. As providers of honey they are generally viewed with affection in the UK. Honeybees very rarely cause any pest problems. It is only when they set up home “in the wrong place”, for example in the porch of your property, in your chimney or roof.
Simple. Contact Helliar Pest Control today for a FREE no obligation quote. With many years of experience, we know how it feels when you discover you've got pest problems, so we'll be more than happy to come and see what the best solution is.
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