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This week we’ve been rehoming bees in Herefordshire!


Here's how our trained pest controllers helped rescue wild bees! #Beeaware


What should I do if I find a wild bee colony in my house, garden or property?

Bees are a valuable pollinators and pest control companies will not destroy bee nests. If it is a honey bee hive then you should get in contact with your local bee keeper association and they will put you in contact with local beekeepers who may be able to remove the colony for you or advise you on what to do.


There are over 200 types of Bees in the UK, including 25 types of bumblebees! Different types of bee may require different treatment methods. Note: pest controllers do not apply bee treatments unless there's a serious threat to human life. 25% of all bee types are endangered.

 

Relocation

If a nest is outside or underground then there shouldn't be a reason to move it. In more conventional and accessible places such as bushes, trees and sheds, then contacting a local beekeeper or pest controller to relocate the nest is an option. If you suspect you have honeybees and they are causing you problems then we would recommend you use a swarm collector from the British Bee Keepers Association or getting in touch with the Tree Bee Society. In most cases, they will come and collect the swarm free of charge.



Relocating a colony or a swarm of Bees in Hereford & Worcester


When moving a beehive from one place to another a few things need to be taken into consideration, reducing stress on the bees and avoiding unpleasant surprises.


If you follow some rules it can be quite simple. Not knowing the rules or not following them can have disastrous effects.


Everything valid about relocating a beehive is also applicable when relocating a feral bee colony after the nest has been transferred into a hive.


Relocating a captured bee swarm is much simpler.

A bee swarm has "forgotten" were it came from and the bees of a swarm reset their navigation system's home location once they have found a new home. Therefore, having captured a swarm, no rules apply for the new location - provided the swarm is relocated within a day from the time of capture.


A swarm can be placed close to the home it emerged from; the bees accept the new hive location as their home and will not get disorientated or confused being near to their original location, even if it is only a meter away.


What should you do if a swarm of bees takes up residence in your home or garden?

It's the time of year when bees are at their most active and numerous reports have been coming in of swarms in gardens and even getting into properties.


Most beekeepers may make a charge for removal of a swarm from your garden depending on travelling distances to cover costs of petrol etc.


Swarms of honey bees can usually be safely removed by a suitably qualified beekeeper if they are contacted in time. If the honey bees have left their post swarming clustering place and taken up residence in the fabric of a building, that can be more difficult (if not impossible) to be safely dealt with by a beekeeper.


Professional pest control personnel will be required to undertake the work either solely or in conjunction with a beekeeper.

If the honey bees are not causing a nuisance or a threat, they can be left alone. Some properties are known to have had honey bee colonies within their fabric for many years without causing any disturbance or problems to the property owner.


Beekeepers are unable to help remove bumblebees, wasps, solitary bees or hornets so it is best to call in a pest control professional to help you solve the problem. Get in touch with PGM & SON today for help and guidance on 01981 540088 or 07964 370480.




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