Bee Nest Removal Birmingham
Bees are the single biggest pollinator of Britain’s landscapes and of great importance to maintaining the natural beauty of our country. However, when bees swarm or build nests in inconvenient places, they are considered pests. Here at Complete Pest Management, we get a lot of calls every month regarding bee removal in Birmingham.
The only way to effectively rid bees from your property is to remove the entire hive. This task is a difficult one and must be carried out by a qualified professional who is able to move the nest safely, humanely and without harm to any of the bees. Up to 50,000 honey bees can live in a single nest! So, if you think you have a bees’ nest on your property, call Completely Pest Management today!
An Introduction to Bees
Bees don’t often pose a threat to many people – unless you are allergic. A solitary bee that buzzes into your house and around the kitchen can generally be encouraged to fly back outside. However, they can become a little annoying in larger numbers. Unlike wasps, bees only sting when they are aggravated or feel threatened. A bee’s sting is its last method of self-defence so do your best not to annoy them too much. If you have many bees in or around your property that are making you nervous about going outside, it is best to call Complete Pest Management and we can come and assess the situation before deciding on the best method of approach.
Bees are most active in the summer, when the seasonal flowers are blossoming. During the months of May, June and July, honey bees will swarm which can be distressing for many people. They can arrive at your property and swarm for 2 to 4 days before flying off again. Bees will remain active throughout the summer and into the fall. However, gradually cooling temperatures will encourage them to prepare to overwinter.
Swarming bees can be a very intimidating site. The sheer number of bees and their noise will generally alert you to their whereabouts, typically high up in a tree, but they may access cavities in your walls or come into your home through the chimney. If a swarm has gone into a wall or a chimney, the swarm is notably difficult to remove and a professional pest control company must be called out as a matter of urgency to rid your home of the bees. In these circumstances, we advise leaving the house and remaining at a safe distance while you wait for our team from Complete Pest Management to arrive.
If bees are swarming around your property, please let us know as soon as possible because you will require a rapid call out service.
Like all members of its family, bees carry a sting and they will use it if they feel threatened. Not only is it painful but a bee sting can be a great risk to many people. If you are stung by a bee and feel unwell or are showing signs of hives or rashes, seek medical advice immediately. Bees will only sting as their last defence because, once they have stung their victim, the sting will literally pull off their abdomen, staying put in whoever they sting.
All About Bees’ Nests
Bee nest removal is a particularly fragile aspect of pest control and needs to be undertaken by a professional with extreme care. Depending on the type of bees, bee nests can vary greatly. Bumblebees commonly make their nests in long grass or abandoned rodent holes where they are reasonably safe from intruders. However, because of farming practices many bumblebees are having to relocate their nests to higher ground such as bird boxes or plant pots.
The Difference Between Hives and Nests
What many people do not realise is that there is a big difference between bee hives and bee nests. Bee hives are man-made homes to house bees in a controlled environment where their honey can be collected and jarred for selling. Whereas bee hives are bee-built habitats that are found around your home or garden.
Where You Might Find a Bee’s Nest
Bees’ nests can be found in a variety of places, most notably inside house walls, decking and hole in wood. They like to build their nests and congregate in areas people inhabit as it allows them easy access to food sources. Bees nesting in or around your property can cause severe damage. Not only do large numbers of bees cause a threat to your family – especially those allergic to bee stings – but they can store their honey deep in wall cavities which can rot and cause the structural integrity of your home or commercial building to be put at risk. Honey within the structure of your home can also cause unpleasant odours.
Bees in Commercial Properties
For commercial premises such as schools, residential homes or hospitals, the presence of a bees’ nest can be concerning. If you choose to ignore the bee’s nest on your commercial property, you could be putting numerous others at risk – particularly those allergic to bee stings, for whom it could be considered a life-threatening situation. So, if you have a bee’s nest on your commercial premises, call Complete Pest Control today. It is imperative you ensure everyone on your premises is kept safe.
Bees and the Law
It is not illegal to kill bees in the UK, but wherever possible we like to save their dwindling population. If you can put up with bees around your property, we would ask you to do so. However, we realise that bee populations can easily get out of control in which case it is best to give us a call and we will get rid of them from your property for you. It is perfectly legal to kill bees in situations where they are putting people in danger or causing general distress.
How to Remove a Bee’s Nest
The removal of a bee’s nest from your domestic or commercial property is a particularly skilled process which must only be carried out by pest removal specialists. A nest which has not been removed correctly tends to attract other pests such as ants, beetles and other bees. This is particularly common if you find a bees’ nest underground or in a difficult to reach place around your property as it can increase the difficulty of the removal process.
How We Rid Your Property of Bees Humanely
Here at Complete Pest Management, we know that bees are a rapidly dwindling population and we should protect them as best we can. That’s why, wherever the situation allows, our team of bee removal specialists will remove a bee’s nest as humanely as possible.
Where a bee’s nest presents a very high risk (such as a nest within a home, school or hospital), the nest is removed to a safe area by our qualified professional pest controllers. At Complete Pest Management, we often use swarm boxes as a humane method of ridding your property of bees. These boxes help relocate the bees to a bee keeper’s hive without causing them any harm. We only use pesticide treatments on bees’ nests as an absolute last resort. In such situations, we use HSE approved pesticides.
Once the treatment is complete, all reasonable steps will be taken to prevent honey bees bumbling into the treated nest. This is done by removing any honey combs and blocking the entrances – encouraging the bees to go elsewhere. This is essential as, once honey bees have been present for more than a week, there will be honey combe which will attract bees from other colonies to arrive in a swarm and investigate the site of their new home.
To avoid this, all access holes to the hive should be completely sealed. Failure to fill the holes will lead to more bees arriving and the process starting all over again. At Complete Pest Management, we block the nests as humanely as possible and ensure the bees are forced to build a nest elsewhere – preferably as far away from your property as possible!
Areas We Serve
Here at Complete Pest Management, we offer competitive and professional pest control services for a variety of households and businesses in Birmingham and countrywide. We serve people throughout Birmingham, the West Midlands, West Bromwich, Cannock, Wolverhampton, Brownhills, Lichfield, Tamworth, Sutton, Coldfield and Coleshill. If you live in any of these areas and you need a bee’s nest removal service, look no further than Complete Pest Management.
Call Us Today
Contact Complete Pest Management today and we will rid your property of bees as humanely and safely as possible so that you can get on with normal life. Feel free to call us today for helpful advice and professional service. If you believe you have a swarm of bees on your property or a bee’s nest, don’t hesitate, call us today!