The BBC ran a story in early April about a homeowner who called a local pest controller after realising he had a bee problem. A thorough inspection revealed a 1.2 cubic metre hive housing an estimated 20,000 honeybees. It took the pest controller about six hours to relocate them to a new home.
Should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, there's no need to panic. Honeybees are harmless for the most part. If you don't bother them, they won't bother you. We know there's little comfort in that when you're seeing thousands of bees swarming around your home. But know this, we can relocate them safely with no harm to either you or the bees.
Large Hives in a Home
It is the bees' natural instinct to reproduce and grow their hives. As such, hearing the buzzing of activity in the spring is good news. It means the majority of the bees have survived the winter and are now ready to grow and expand their territory.
When large hives are found inside homes, it means that the bees have found a warm and safe place to set up house. The larger the hive, the more accommodating the house is. But again, there's no need to panic. Those bees can be relocated while the house is buttoned up to prevent new hives in the future.
When Bees Swarm
We weren't surprised by the BBC article inasmuch as this is the time of year when honeybee activity really starts to pick up. Over the next several weeks we should be receiving increased calls for dealing with swarms. Honeybees typically swarm in late spring and early summer as they search for new homes.
It's easy to panic at the site of a swarm. What you might not know is that swarming occurs when bees in search of a new home need to take a rest. If you just leave them alone, they will eventually feel energized enough to get up and keep moving.
Why We Relocate Bees
Unlike a wasp removal procedure that may involve destroying an active nest, it's in the best interests of honeybees to simply relocate them. There is no need to destroy their hives given that relocation is so easy. The question you might be asking is why we go to all the trouble of relocating.
The answer is found in dwindling honeybee populations around the world. Over the last decade or so, we have lost a lot of honeybees for reasons we can only begin to speculate about. Regardless of those reasons, we cannot afford to lose any more. So it's better for us to relocate hives than destroy them.
As experts at pest control in Berkshire, we are standing by to handle any bee and wasp problems you might have in the coming weeks. In the event honeybees have made a home of your home, call us and allow us to come out and relocate them.
BBC - https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-47813760/tens-of-thousands-of-bees-removed-from-house
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