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Bees Rescue devon & cornwall

Honey Bee Swam Removal & Relocation Bees removed from walls, roofs, attics, chimneys, trees, shrubs; all interior and exterior locations. We remove the honeycomb, this is the key to solving a bee problem and preventing a bigger problem with pests, insects, rodents, and structural damage caused by melted honey. Pests love honey! And bees will smell the honey and return again and again. We solve the problem once and for all!

Bees Control

 

How do I know I have a problem?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.

Honey BeesHoney 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.

Bumble BeesBumble 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 BeesMason/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.

 

Preparation prior to Treatment

                                                                                    On no account must the entrance to a nest be blocked, this can be dangerous. Keep pets away                                                                                       from the area and close window nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treatment

Treatment of the bee nest is some times the only solution. 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. Bees are not aggressive as wasps but will sting if they think the nest is threatened. Honey bees will not hesitate to sting in this situation and can be dangerous just to the large numbers in a nest or swarm. The nests will be treated with? Demand CS'* which contains Lambda-cyhalothrin. The HSE Number is 6287 and the product is made by Sorex. Demand CS is probably the most modern insecticide available. Also a powder might be used called Ficam D*. This contains? an insecticide in a dust formulation @ 1% w/w Bendiocarb. Both insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all forms of crawling and flying public health pests.

 

Honey Bees

Datmoor Pest Control are second to none when it comes to bee removal. Our trained pest controllers will use a non harmful synthetic pyrethroid insecticide to remove the bees without harming them and our skilled bee controllers will also find the source of the infestation and remove it to prevent future infestations. Our emergency operations center is available on 01822 855606 seven days a week.We aslo remove the whole swarm & rehome them when possible.

 

The last resort

Once the queen has taken up residence in the fabric of the buildingthe only course of action is to kill the swarm using insecticides. Once treated if possible the comb should be removed. Even if it is not possible for the comb to be removed the entrances should be sealed to prevent other feral swarms from moving into furnished accomodation. This will also protect domestic hives who's workers may take the contaminated honey back to the hive killing off the colony.

 

Mason/Mining Bees

The affected areas will be treated with an insecticide.

 

Bumble Bees

The entrance of the nest will be treated using an insecticide.What do I do afterwards?After treatment the bees may remain in a hyperactive state for a few hours, but activity will usually completely cease within 4 warm days (cold or wet days may prolong activity). Honey Bee swarms should die within 24 hours. Never block the entrance to a nest? or make repairs to holes unless you are quite sure the nest is dead e.g. bees are not flying in and out of the entrance.

 

Mason & Mining Bees

Complete eradication of Mason & Mining Bees is not always possible but the treatment should reduce numbers significantly. Re pointing crumbling mortar may be the only long term solution to stop Mason Bees.

 

Honey Bees

As well as being a nuisance the honey they produce can stain paint work and be a target for parasites.? A place that has been infested by Honey bees once is likely to attract more swarms in the near future so proofing the area needs looking at immediately.? We do not guarantee Honey Bee treatments.

1. What is a honey bee swarm?

 

Honey bee swarms are a favourite topic of people who make horror movies.Actually, they are one of the most beautiful and interesting phenomena in nature. A swarm starting to issue is a thrilling sight. A swarm may contain from 1,500 to 30,000 bees including, workers, drones, and a queen. Swarming is an instinctive part of the annual life cycle of a honey bee colony. It provides a mechanism for the colony to reproduce itself.

 

2. What makes a honey bee colony swarm?

 

Overcrowding and congestion in the nest are factors which predispose

colonies to swarm.

The presence of an old queen and a mild winter also contribute to the

development of the swarming impulse.

Swarming can be controlled by a skilled beekeeper; however, not all colonies

live in hives and have a human caretaker.

 

3. When do honey bees swarm?

 

The tendency to swarm is usually greatest when bees increase their population

rapidly in late spring and early summer. In devon & cornwall, this would be

in May and June.

 

4. Are honey bee swarms dangerous?

 

No - honey bees exhibit defensive behaviour only in the vicinity of their nest. Defensive behaviour is needed to protect their young and food supply. A honey bee swarm has neither young nor food stores and will not exhibit defensive behaviour unless unduly provoked.

 

5. What should homeowners do about a honey bee swarm on their property?

 

When honey bees swarm they will settle on a tree limb, bush, or other convenient site. The cohesiveness of the swarm is due to their attraction to a pheromone produced by the queen. The swarm will send out scout bees to seek a cavity to nest in and will move on when a suitable nesting site is found. Rarely, swarms may initiate comb construction in the open if a suitable cavity cannot be found. You may want to call a local beekeeper to see if he would like to collect the swarm. Late season swarms are of little value to beekeepers. A traditional poem advises:A swarm in May - is worth a load of hay.A swarm in June - is worth a silver spoon.A swarm in July - isn't worth a fly.

 

6. How does a beekeeper go about capturing a swarm of honey bees?

 

A swarm is looking for a new nesting site. A beekeeper can capture a swarm by placing a suitable container, such as an empty beehive, on the ground below the swarm and dislodging the bees at the entrance to the hive. The bees will begin to move into the hive which can be removed after dark to the beekeeper's apiary. You can observe the bees scent-fanning at the entrance to signal the entrance to the new nest as the bees march into their new home. If for some reason the queen does not go into the new hive, the bees will abandon it and form a cluster where she lands.

 

7. What type of nesting sites will honey bees seek?

 

Honey bees are cavity nesters and will seek a cavity of at least 15 litres of storage space. Hollow trees are a preferred nesting sites. Occasionally, bees will nest in the hollow walls of buildings, under porches, and in other "man-made" sites if they can find an entrance to a suitable cavity.

 

8. What can be done if a honey bee swarm establishes itself in an undesirable place?

 

Honey bees are beneficial pollinators and should be left alone and appreciated unless their nest are in conflict with human activity. If honey bees nest in the walls of a home, they can be removed or killed if necessary; however, it is advisable to open the area and remove the honey and combs or rodents and insects will be attracted. Also, without bees to control the temperature, the wax may melt and honey drip from the combs. After removal, the cavity should be filled with foam

insulation as the nest odour will be attractive to future swarms. Nests should be removed

promptly from problem sites. After several months, they may have stored a considerable

amount of honey. You can prevent swarms from nesting in walls by preventive maintenance.

Honey bees will not make an entrance to a nest. They look for an existing entrance, so periodic

inspection and caulking is all that is necessary to prevent them from occupying spaces in walls.

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