post

Is it a Honeybee or a Wasp?

We know that wasps have started building their nests but at this time of year, most of our enquiries turn out to be honeybees.  Identifying the insect correctly is very important in pest control terms.  If you are unsure of their visual differences, maybe this will help you?

Comparing the differences between a wasp and a honeybee

Comparing the differences between a wasp and a honeybee

At this time of year, honeybees can turn up out of nowhere.  Here is our initial advice regarding honeybees: If you notice a rugby ball shaped mass in a tree, bush or hedgerow, then contact a local beekeeper or search for someone who can collect your bees by clicking this link Search for a Swarm Collector  Try and contact someone as soon as possible and if time is kind to your local beekeeper, they will be happy to come and collect them.  Be aware, that the swarm can move off on its own accord at a moment’s notice, leaving as unexpectedly as they arrived.

Ready for collection

Ready for collection

If you have suddenly noticed a “cloud-like” formation of bees flying in and around your chimney, then this is clear honeybee behaviour.  The Queen sometimes becomes disorientated (due to weather) or requires a bigger environment for her colony and can fly off, with the rest of the colony following her.  In this instance, timing is critical as the Queen can take upto 72 hours before deciding whether she is going to stay or not.  If your chimney is a working chimney with either an open fire or wood/coal burner, then by lighting a fire & creating smoke for a few hours this may just be enough to discourage her and she will leave with the rest of the colony following.  If however, after 72 hours they are still there, the chances are she has entered the fabric of the building and a beekeeper will be unable to entice her out. If your chimney is non-working or has been blocked off, observe them for 48-72 hours and she may well move on, on her own accord. All bees are tremendously useful insects to our environment and honey bees have the additional skill of making honey. Honey Bees remain in their nests year round and will store their honey in their nest to feed the colony over winter.  If your bees have been with you longer than 72 hours, then we will be happy to do a site survey and advise you accordingly.