Sting Pest Control Services covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Amber Valley and Erewash including Nottingham, Derby, Ilkeston, Heanor, Eastwood, Ripley, Alfreton, Chaddesden, Spondon, Long Eaton, Borrowash, Little Eaton and surrounding areas.
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Sting Pest Control Services does not carry out treatments for honey bees. We consider bees to be an important species and of significant benefit to the environment.
The following information is provided to help you identify a bee and understand what to do should you have bees. Take a look at our photo gallery for some of our bee and fly images. Some flies, such as hover flies, and wasps can be confused with bees. The British Bee Keepers Association can put you in touch with a local bee keeper should you have a possible Honey Bee problem or swarm which needs removing. Their website also has useful information to help you identify the bees in your garden or property. We do provide a service to treat for wasp nests and therefore if you do feel certain it is wasps that are causing you problems, please contact us for a quote.
Bumble Bees nests become obvious in Spring and die as Autumn approaches. They nest high and low, in places such as bird boxes, under sheds and up to the eaves of your home.
Bumble Bees can be seen in a variety of colours (black, black and orange or traditional black and yellow striped). They appear large and fluffy. We advise there is no need to treat Bumble Bees as they cause no damage to property structure and will be busy pollinating until the cooler weather arrives. Try and prevent children and pets from accessing low level nesting locations and take measures to prevent bees getting through open windows during the day in higher nesting locations. Bumble Bees only sting when provoked and have no interest in human foods, as wasps do, neither do they swarm as Honey Bees do.
The nests of Honey Bees do not die in the winter as Wasps and Bumble Bees do and they may be seen in very large numbers as they are a social bee and this is often why they are easily confused with Wasps from a distance. They should not be treated using DIY methods as the treatments must be carried out correctly. Honey Bees can be identified as having brown and black stripes on their body, unlike wasps which have vibrant black and yellow stripes. Honey Bees have hair on their bodies, which can be seen on our images. Pollen sacks can be seen on their legs when they return to their nest location (small yellow pollen balls on leg hairs).
Honey Bees swarm, they swarm whilst looking for a suitable site for their new colony and usually move on after a few days. If you have a swarm which you would like removing please contact The British Bee Keepers Association on 01203696679 as a local bee keeper may be able to assist you with the removal of the swarm. In the swarm state, Honey Bees are very docile and whilst it may be unsettling to have them in large numbers close to your home, you are at little or no risk if the bees are left alone.
Honey bees are commonly mistaken for wasps, but are in no way treated the same when it comes to their control. The use of pesticides to control them is as a last resort only. Only professionals should complete treatments as there is a significant risk of death to local hives and contaminated honey entering the food chain. Nest locations have to be secured to prevent non-target foraging bees, from other nest sites, accessing poisoned honey and taking it back to their hives.
If in doubt - ask for advice.
For help and advice on Honey Bees and other bees contact:
British Bee Keepers Association
Mining Bees are solitary bees. Mining Bees may be seen entering small holes in the soils of your garden borders (most commonly in sandy soils). They are able to sting but it is very rare that they do and as they cause no damage, no control measures are required.
Mortar Bees are solitary and are usually seen on the outside wall of your house, entering holes in poor mortar joints of South facing walls. They may be seen basking on the walls in the main sun of the day and whilst they are harmless, if left uncontrolled, they can damage property structure. We recommend filling holes or re-pointing in the Autumn/Winter, when the Mortar Bees are no longer active and before Spring, when the new bees emerge. They can be confused with Honey Bees and Wasps, but again they do pollinate and have hair on their bodies. Pollen is collected on the hairs under the abdomen, so it may be possible to see a yellow tinge on their belly. This is unlike Honey Bees, who collect pollen on their legs. They are a solitary bee, so fewer bees can be observed than In a social bee.
The Bee Keepers website can help identify the type of bee you have and how to live with them.