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Manchester Pest Control
– We cover Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire – call 0161 448 1782

Bee nests and control:
While there are numerous bee species in the UK, the most common three types that you will encounter are the Honey, Bumble and Mason bee. Bees are not aggressive species and should be left alone as they are beneficial to nature and their population numbers are already falling. They are naturally quite docile and will not sting unless provoked. By the time you take notice of the nest it will normally already be near its natural end towards the middle of summer. Because of their important role in the pollination of flowers and other plants, their ability to produce honey, and their falling numbers, bees are not considered as a pest as such and therefore extermination is very much a last resort.

Bees are similar in appearance to wasps, though are usually fatter, less streamlined and hairier around the legs and abdomen. Bumble bees are easily identified due to their size and the distinctive deep hum of their wings while in flight, but Honey and Mason bees can be very similar in appearance. However the Mason bee is more solitary and will carry pollen on its underbelly rather than on its legs.

Nest information and risks:
The type of bee that you will normally see outside of the nest or hive is the “worker” bee, who are responsible for every job in the hive other than breeding. They are not naturally aggressive and will only sting if threatened, therefore it is very easy to avoid them. You will only see large numbers of bees in a swarm during the breeding season, usually between 14th April and 14th May, when queens attract large numbers of workers and breeding males to her. These swarms will usually only last for a few hours and can often be found on trees, the sides of houses or other buildings, or other structures. The swarming will end with the new Queen leaving to establish a new hive and taking half of the existing colony with her.

Bees are of course normally associated with hives, though they can also nest in root systems, cracks in masonry and behind loose stonework or cavity walls. If you think your property may hold a nest or hive, the easiest way to tell is to tack the movements of a worker bee as they return to their nesting site.

The sting of a bee can be very painful, however as mentioned above they will only sting if they feel threatened or in defence of their hive and queen. Stings are fatal for the bee that delivers it and it will only be used as a last resort. It is important to note that some people are allergic to bee stings and can go into anaphylactic shock if stung. It’s therefore important to contact the ambulance service as soon as possible if they are stung and to remove them from the area to prevent further stings.

To reduce the risk of a bee sting we would recommend taking the following steps:
• Avoid wearing perfumes and bright coloured clothing.
• Remove or cover all food sources.
• Keep yourself & others a safe distance from any nest.
• Close windows, doors or ventilation points.
• Do not attempt to swat the bee as they will normally only attack if they feel threatened.
• Keep still and allow the bee to fly around you. Once it realises that you are not a flower it will move on.
• If someone is stung take initial first aid steps and consult their GP or NHS Direct.

Control methods and nest removal services:
Even though they are not protected by law, wild bees are in danger of extinction and we therefore recommend that they are left alone as they do not cause any significant issues or risks like other insects can. If the bees pause an unacceptable health and safety risk to the public then we would recommend relocation rather than extermination as a control method. At Manchester Pest Control we have years of experience in relocating bee hives without any risk and will be more than happy to assess your bee problem.

Bee keepers are also more than happy to come to remove a nest and relocate it at no charge, or for a similar fee to what a pest control company would charge to exterminate the nest. We would recommend checking the link below for contact details for a local bee expert.

http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/find_a_swarm_coordinator.php

Please note that there is currently a shortage of feral honey bee colonies (wild bees), however bee keepers can easily and economically purchase honey bee lines from firms that raise them artificially. As such, it is not always worth the effort for bee keepers to remove a wild nest. It is also important to remember that Honey bees are protected by regulation and their nests need to be relocated. Do not attempt to remove a bee nest without professional or your local authority’s advice.

For further information about honey bees, we would recommend contacting The British Beekeepers Association: http://www.bbka.org.uk/

If the bee nest is inaccessible or difficult to remove, and the location poses an immediate risk to the public or vulnerable people, then extermination can be considered as a last resort. Our technicians would use a fast acting powder or spray treatment to kill off the bee population within a few days. If this treatment is required, all entrance points to the treated nest will have to be blocked at the same time. This is to prevent non-target bees from entering the area and coming into contact with the treatment. This can cause significant disruption and additional costs if for example, the nest is high up inside a chimney or a cavity wall.

Please note that if Honey bees are the target, they may have produced a honeycomb within your property. This will be relocated with the nest if a non-lethal treatment method is chosen, however if extermination is required then the comb will need to be removed as well as it will rot if left in place. This can cause additional problems and attract further pests.

Action we will take:
At Manchester Pest Control, all of our highly skilled technicians are fully BPCA certified. On arrival, our technician will:
• Establish the location of the bee’s nest/s.
• Determine the most appropriate method for access, removal or treatment.
• Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
• Ensure the safety of others.
• Wear their protective equipment and commence with the bees nest removal or treatment process.
• Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.

If you experience any further bee issues following the completion of our treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us and a technician will be sent to complete a follow-up treatment, free of charge.

Get in touch:
What makes Manchester Pest Control different from other pest control companies out there is the fact that we focus on providing completely bespoke solutions. Each of our pest management plans and treatments are tailored to the type of pest, the environment and most importantly, the client’s needs. We offer rapid response call out services and price our packages affordably to ensure that everyone can benefit from effective pest control.

We operate primarily in the Greater Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire areas, however we are more than happy to provide some advice for anyone who contacts us. For a free assessment and no obligation quote, please contact us on the number below.

– Manchester Pest Control – Call us now on 0161 448 1782

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