If you have a bee nest you will probably see bees entering a hole in the ground or in a wall or roof. Where they nest, often depends on species. It may not be necessary to destroy the nest. It may be possible in some cases to remove the nest, but this is rare. The operator will be able to tell you what sort of bees they are, usually either Bumble Bees, Honey Bees or a wild species such as masonry or mining bees, there are many sub species of wild bees within these groups.
Why it is a pest
As with wasps, the main issue with bee's is being stung, especially when you have small children and pets that can react quite seriously to bee stings. Although rare, bee stings can be fatal.
Biology of the Pest
Honey Bees: A honey bee nest will have thousands of bees and they will swarm around the entrance of the nest, this is commonly in chimneys but they will use any cavity. You may come into contact with a swarm. This is when part of a hive splits and a Queen accompanies by drones and several thousand workers will look for a new nest site. While scout bees are looking for a suitable site the swarm may hang for a few days in a tree or bush.
Buff-tailed Bumble Bees
Buff-tailed Bumble Bees: These are the largest of the bees and usually nest in the ground or in places such as compost heaps. Generally they are not aggressive although they can sting. They may be aggressive around the nest entrance.
Mason/Mining Bees: If you have these types of bees you will see them entering many holes either in the ground or in mortar. There is no Queen so all the females lay eggs.
Signs of Pest Presence
If you have a bee nest you will probably see bees entering a hole in the ground or in a wall or roof.
Bees are a protected species and so if you call to request the removal of bees that you are finding a nuisance we will attempt to re-locate the bee colony to a local registered beekeeper.
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