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Honeybees: A Hive of Activity

We wouldn’t be surprised if this weekend’s warm weather triggers honeybees to swarm.  A honeybee colony has one queen at the heart of the colony.  At this time of year, virgin queens emerge & they leave the established colony.  These new queens usually take part of the colony with them as they leave.  This is known as “swarming” and is timed with warm weather so this may occur over the next few days.

Honeybee Swarm

Ready for collection

When they huddle like this, they are resting, warming up or regrouping during displacement and they can take off as quickly as they arrived.  If you see a balled mass of honeybees they will be in a peaceful state.  Please do not disturb them.  If threatened or attacked, the colony will become aggressive and potentially become a public health risk; anyone nearby can get stung by literally thousands of honeybees.

If honeybees gather in a rugby ball type tightly-knit mass, outside and within arm’s reach (i.e. not at height), contact the Worcestershire Bee Keepers’ Association here.  They will locate a bee keeper to collect the swarm.  Sometimes a bee colony can be collected and given to a new bee keeper just setting up or an existing bee keeper who may have lost a hive over winter.

If the honeybees land in a confused gathering on your wall, roof, in your garden etc (not a tight-knit ball) then they are taking a bit of time out to gather their thoughts during relocation.  They will take off as quickly as they arrived.

If honeybees seek shelter in a working chimney this week, whatever the weather, light a fire light a fire for at least 4 hours and continue to do so for 3-5 days so that the smoke discourages them from staying.  If not a working chimney, observe them for at least 7 days and hope that the colony chooses to leave.  If after 7 days, they are still in the chimney then the queen is likely to stay in the chimney and thus, the colony.

If they settle into the fabric of a building, a bee keeper will be unable to collect them.  Honeybees can cause structural damage to property over time.  Typically, they gather in a “cloud-like” formation close to the nest entrance.  They are social bees made up of thousands of individuals in the colony.  Call us on 01386 41762 to arrange a site survey if you need us.  We offer no guarantee of accepting bee work but we will try to problem solve for you, where we can.

 

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Pest Prevention Boost for Worcestershire Food Banks

Hinton Pest Control Ltd is owned by husband and wife team, Steven Blount and Liz Davies.  Hinton Pest Control adopted their own family values which are reflected in their dedication to customer care, service delivery & supporting local communities.  Click here to read about Hinton Pest Control’s pro bono work for local food banks across Worcestershire and The Cotswolds, as part of National Pest Prevention Week (Nov 9-14).

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Redditch Restaurant Fined for Mouse Infestation

A restaurant owner in Redditch which had a mouse infestation in a rear storeroom was fined £2,500 last week.  The offences related to a storeroom and included failing to ensure the premises were kept clean, failing to protect food against contamination and failing to have in place adequate procedures to control pests.  The full article can be viewed by clicking here

Hinton Pest Control Ltd undertakes commercial work for a variety of clients including businesses such as food retailers, hotels, airports, motoring, warehouses, offices, food distributors, seed merchants, manufacturers, farms, leisure facilities, retail markets etc.

Having an annual contract with regular routine pest control visits enables businesses to be proactive against rodents as a preventative measure, rather than reactive which could potentially damage your business reputation.

Whatever your primary business concern may be about pests e.g. food safety and hygiene, reputation, public health, accreditation schemes, protection of stored food or even cables in a server room, Hinton Pest Control Ltd can offer you a service level agreement that meets the needs of your business.  If your business would like a free site survey and a written pest control proposal, call us on 01386 41762 and we’ll be happy to help you.