Wasps and Bees

Facts about Bees and Wasps

Bees and Wasps are quite different both visually and habitually; Wasps tend to be the more aggressive of the two with Bees generally being quite passive creatures.


Bees are generally identified as being either ‘Honey Bees or Bumble Bees’. Of course this is a generalization, however when it comes to treatment or relocation it is often a good enough start in the consideration of the next action.

Honeybees are small and varying in colour from golden brown to almost black, they are usually quite happy to get on with their activity and will not be aggressive unless they sense a threat.

Honey Bees may swarm at any time during the Spring and Summer months. When this occurs a large proportion of the honey bees have left their nest in search of a new location to start a new colony, sometimes they land in a large cluster on something such as the side of a building, a structure in a garden, even landing on a car is quite common. In these situations given time the Bees will move on and should be left to do just that.

However at some point the swarm of Bees will decide on an area to take up permanent residence and occasionally this may be in areas that is not considered ideal; this may be in the cavity of a structure, a chimney, ventilation pipe, under roof tiles, behind fascia boards, in a shed etc.

Do not attempt to move or destroy any Honey Bees unless you are suitably qualified, although they are normally quite placid creatures, when disturbed or threatened they can be aggressive and in particular where someone has an allergic reaction can be very dangerous.

If they are honey bees and providing they can easily and safely be accessed without necessitating any structural work or causing any structural damage, there is a better chance of them being removed.

At Lincspest we make every attempt to rescue and re-home Bees, particularly Honey Bees, this is usually done in conjunction with a local Bee Keeper. Unfortunately these days most Bee Keepers will not actually remove swarms themselves due to insurance and other regulatory requirements and will work in conjunction with a professional pest control company.

On the occasions that relocation may not be an option treatment involves the use of a professional chemical dust or water based liquid. Call us on our free-phone number for professional advice or to arrange a visit on 0800 234 3602

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