Bees

Bumble Bee

  • Fat and furry appearance
  • 24 species of the bumble bee can be found in the UK
  • Different species have tongues of different length so that they can feed on different kinds of flowers
  • Bumble bees live in nests with 50 to 400 bees
  • The mated queen hibernates in a hole in the ground
  • The queen bee lives for a year but the workers for only a few months
  • They live in the wild, including gardens
  • They make a honey-like substance to eat
  • The bumble bee population is declining due to a shortage of flowers and places to nest in the countryside
  • Bumble bees will sting if aggravated and can sting more than once
  • Bumble bees communicate through passing pollen amongst each other

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Honey Bee

  • Smaller and slim – often mistaken for a wasp
  • One species of honey bee in Europe
  • The honey bee has a short tongue, preferring open flowers
  • The honey bee lives in a much larger hive, with 50,000 to 60,000 other bees
  • The queen and her workers will live in the hive all year round
  • The queen lives for three to four years
  • Most honey bees live with bee keepers
  • Honey bees make a lot of honey which is eaten or sold by bee keepers
  • Honey bees are in decline due to diseases and mites
  • Honey bees are the only species of bees to die after stinging
  • Honey bees dance in order to pass on vital information

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 2/10 MILD

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Tend to make hives away from human activity

Hazard: 10/10 HIGH

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Always seek professional pest control advice – NEVER attempt to remove a bees nest.

How We Treat This Pest

Bees are vital to the world we live in and Combat Pest Control are committed to supporting our bee populations. We will help relocate, re-direct if possible and also give as much support as needed. 

Interesting Facts

  • The bee is not a pest but can make their nests or hives in inconvenient places
  • Pest controllers will re-locate the honey bee
  • The sting from the bumble or the honey bee can cause anaphylaxis, a shock reaction in the body that causes it to shut down
  • Solitary bees live alone but will live close to one another in a village; they do not sting
  • Mason bees like to live in holes and crevices; they are not aggressive
  • Bees are important to maintain biodiversity but are not protected in the UK
  • Most reputable pest control companies will attempt to relocate bees rather than exterminate them