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Important Things to Know about Bees and Wasps Going into Summer

Friday, June 09, 2017

The period between mid-April and mid-June is the most active time of year for bees and wasps in the UK. In fact, Pest Control Services sees an increase in bee and wasp calls every year during these few weeks. We are happy to respond throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, and Wiltshire when either pest is a concern.

Due to the increased activity, we thought it might be helpful to explain some important things you need to know about bees and wasps. The more you know, the less intimidated you will be when you see them around your property

Bees and Wasps Are Different

Though bees and wasps are similar in many ways, they are also strikingly different. For example, wasps tend to be more aggressive than bees but they do not normally swarm. There are plenty of other differences as well.

There are two main wasp species we routinely deal with: the common wasp and the German wasp. Bee species normally found in the UK include the honeybee and solitary bee, as well as the less common mason bee and bumblebee. Swarming is fairly normal for all be species except the solitary bee.

Wasp Activity

A noticeable increase in wasp activity is normally not observed until mid-to-late June. However, queens start looking for nesting sites in April. You may notice a few wasps around your property as a result. A few here and there is not an indication of a serious problem. However, if you see larger numbers by the end of June, you might want to call Pest Control Services to come out and take a look.

Bee Activity

Bumblebee populations start to see more activity in the early part of May. Fortunately, these bees are generally non-aggressive and harmless to humans. If you leave them alone, they will do likewise. As for honeybees, they also start becoming more active in early spring.

Honeybee swarms are most likely to occur from mid-May to mid-June. Note that swarming is an activity related to rest rather than aggression. There is no need to panic over a honeybee swarm, although caution is still advised. A typical swarm will dissipate on its own after the bees get sufficient rest.

Relocating Bees

Due to failing populations in the wild, Pest Control Berkshire prefer to work with local bee-keepers who are often able to relocate the swarm or nest. We always give professional advice regarding the relocation of bees and would only ever consider destroying a nest as a last resort (where there is an imminent risk to the health and safety of people or animals). Also, we tend to discourage the use of over-the-counter pesticides that are designed to kill bees. 

Wasps - a different matter

Due to the difference in behaviour of wasps, and their particularly aggressive nature, in most cases where we are called to a wasp nest in close proximity to a dwelling, we will destroy the nest. Many people suffer from allergic reactions to wasp stings, quite apart from young children being terrified of wasps. If you find yourself being bothered by wasps, keep still or move away slowly, do not wave your arms about - and definitely do not spray water at wasps, you will surely be stung if you aggravate them!

Pest Control Services is standing by to assist you with any household pest-related issues. Feel free to contact us for help with bees, wasps, rodents, beetles, squirrels, and other pests. We will respond quickly and professionally via our team of friendly, trained, and certified technicians. Call today for more information.

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