Bees Nest Removal & Advice - London, Surrey & South East
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in removing or treating bees nests. If you would like to book an appointment, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right and we'll get back to you.
There are numerous bee species in the UK, but the most common are the Honey, Bumble or Mason (Masonry) bee. Although bees are similar in appearance to wasps they are generally less streamlined and more hairy. Because of their role in the pollination of flowers, crops, and their ability to produce honey, they should not normally be regarded (or treated) as a pest.
Although it can be difficult to differentiate between the Honey and Mason (Masonry) bee as they are very similar in size and appearance, the Mason (Masonry) bee is more solitary and unlike the Honey bee carries its pollen on their underbelly rather than in baskets on their legs.
Bees Nest Information & Risks
The bees you normally see outside the nest or hive are the ‘Worker’ bees and they tend not to be aggressive, unless they feel threatened. Bees do not normally swarm, but if they do it is because a Queen has attracted them to her. These swarms can be short lived with the bees moving off again within a few hours. Swarming is the way Honey bees form new colonies. The old Queen bee departs with half her work force to find a new home and the new Queen is left to rule the old site. This usually occurs between 14th April to 14th May (weather depending). The swarm will cluster on a tree branch, side of a house, or another structure, before moving to their new home. It is this ball of bees that most people notice.
Bees are otherwise normally associated with bee hives, but they can also nest in places such as tree roots, dirt banks and in holes behind loose masonry or cavity walls. The easiest way to locate a nest is to trace the route of the ‘Worker’ bees, as they fly to and from the nest or hive.
The greatest risk from a bee is their sting which can be very painful, but for some people a sting can lead to a very serious medical reaction called anaphylactic shock. It is therefore best to keep away from any bees nest and call for professional help.
Bees Nest Removal Pest Control London, Surrey & South East
Wherever possible bees should be left alone, as unless they are entering your property or swarming nearby, they should not cause any significant issues.
If this is not possible, because there is a credible danger or risk to health, such as a bees nest situated in a building used by children (e.g. school, nursery or playgroup), close to a frequently used doorway or window, or the bees nest is situated in the home of someone allergic to their sting, we will attempt to remove and re-home the nest. If the bees nest is inaccessible or cannot be removed, we can as a last resort eradicate the nest using a fast acting powder or spray treatment.
If Honey bees are involved and they have produced a honey-comb nest within your property, this should ideally be removed, as otherwise it will rot, cause additional problems and attract other pests. If a powder or spray treatment is required, all entrance points to the treated nest will have to be blocked at the time of our treatment. 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.
It is important to remember that bees should not normally be considered a pest and in many cases the situation can be resolved by allowing the bees to move on. Predator Pest Solutions work in partnership with Apex Beekeeping to (wherever possible) remove and rehouse any problem Honey bee nests/swarms you may have. Both companies value and respect the Honey bee and Apex Beekeeping have hive sites all around the UK, where they can rehouse your Honey bees in one of their rural apiaries. If you are interested in bees and beekeeping, they can point you in the right direction and you can even visit your problem hive, once the bees have been relocated and settled down.
Please give us a call to discuss your bees nest removal on Freephone 0800 112 3480, we can advise you of the best bees nest removal or pest control treatment options available.
To reduce the risk of a bee sting:
- 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.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location of the bees 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.