Bees play an integral part in our environment and it’s important that we protect them. Professional pest controllers will engage a bee apiarist if there is a bee population that is located in a sensitive zone such as a childcare or hospital.
If a nest is nearby, the chances of an accidental sting can increase. Stings can be incredibly painful, and for those with bee sting allergies, even life-threatening.
Bees normally swarm in spring and early summer.
When bees leave their hive, they may not be as aggressive as they look as they have spent time feeding and have full bellies. The Worker bees will be on the lookout for a place close by to make a new home. The Queen Bee that is relocating produces a pheromone that acts as social glue, bringing together the entire colony. When it’s time to leave, she has her family too!
Bee versus Wasp
Wasps are often mistaken as bees because of their similar shape and colour.
Bees have hair all over their body and feed on pollen and nectar. Their barb falls out once they have stung and kills the bee.
The European Wasp (that is often mistaken for a bee) is bright yellow with black triangular marking on its abdomen. It’s smooth and has few hairs. They are attracted to sweet foods, drinks and meat. They are able to sting repeatedly with their small barb.
Let them ‘bee’?
If you find a beehive on your property, it’s important to not disturb it or the bees in any way.
Before enquiring to remove a nest, the following factors need to be considered:
- Danger: small children are likely to aggravate nests
- Distance: the further the nest is away from you home, it’s less of a danger
- Correct pest: some wasps look like bees
When in doubt, contact your pest professionals for sound advice. We want to protect and save the bees too!