Bees

Bees

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Bee Pest Control Service

While bees play a very important role in the environment, an infestation at home or in the workplace can be incredibly unnerving. We understand that your natural reaction may be to kill but if you have an infestation, please call Prokill instead. Bee numbers have reduced dramatically in the UK over the last decade which causes a big problem because we rely on these insects to pollinate many different types of flowers, fruits and vegetables.

How to control a Bee problem

To ensure you are dealing with your problem with bees quickly and effectively we recommend you contact us as soon as possible, we will guarantee that you receive the following service to deal with your ant infestation and eradicate the issue.

  • FREE Pest Control Audit - we will assess the size and type of infestation in your home or business
  • Accredited Experts - qualified technicians certified with British Pest Control Association
  • Tailored Pest Control Technicians - each assessment will be specific to your infestation and the type of property affected
  • Proofing and Prevention - our technicians will provide prevention tips for the future

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Dealing with a Bee Infestation

After hibernating throughout the winter, bees will typically emerge in the spring once the weather warms up and plants start to flower again. They remain active throughout the summer and autumn which is when they’re most likely to become troublesome.

Even though you’re unlikely to see them during the winter months, bees can still be a problem at this time of year because they may be nesting in your loft, garage or even quiet, undisturbed areas of your home or office.

It’s also during winter when the queens form new colonies by laying eggs inside the honeycomb. Honey bees can lay as many as 2,000 eggs within a single day so as you can imagine, infestations can get out of hand quickly.

Please don’t try to remove a bee nest yourself. Bees will become aggressive when threatened and while one sting may be uncomfortable, multiple stings can be dangerous – especially if you or someone else has an allergy.

Signs of a bee infestation:

  • You’re seeing more bees than usual
  • You see a nest. Bumblebees often nest in the ground but can also be found around patio areas, decks, in attics, under roof beams or in quiet, undisturbed areas
  • You can hear a loud buzzing noise

Preventing bees in your home or business

How can you prevent bees swarming or nesting in your home or business premises? Read our helpful tips to prevent bees from becoming an unwanted nuisance:

  • Seal potential entry points with a durable material such as caulk. Bees can squeeze through anything bigger than a quarter of an inch so check your property for small holes
  • Keep your garden free from clutter such as lawnmowers, toys, tools and rubbish. Anything that provides shelter is attractive to bees
  • Regularly check for nests. A nest in its early stages is much easier to remove that one which has reached maturity
  • Keep windows and doors closed or install insect screens so they can’t fly in

Your local Prokill Professional will provide you with advice like this and more in your FREE Prokill Pest Audit, as well as creating a comprehensive control plan that is specific to your problem and environment. Contact us to book yours today!

Different Types of Bees

There are more than 250 different species of bee in the UK. Below we highlight some of the most common.

Bumblebees

(Bombus)

You get three different types of bumblebee in the UK. Tree bumblebees are often found in habitats ranging from woodland to gardens and are easily identified by their ginger thorax, black abdomen and white tail.

Red-tailed bumblebees are jet black with a bright red or red-orange tail and can often be found in woodland, urban sites, gardens and wildflower-rich grassland.

While-tailed bumblebees have a bright yellow collar, a yellow abdomen and a bright white tail. They can be found almost anywhere and feed on flowers including thistles, brambles and scabious.

Honeybees

(Apis)

Honeybees are identified by their slim, sandy thorax and black abdomen with golden-amber bands.

They are commonly found feeding on open flowers which they can reach easily with their short tongues as well as around willows, orchards, oil-seed rape, herbs and shrubs.

The most common is the western honey bee which has been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination; we also use the wax for candle making, soap making, lip balms, and other crafts.

Carpenter Bees

(Xylocopinae)

The common name of the "carpenter bee" comes from their habitual nesting behaviour; the majority of their species burrow into material such as dead wood or bamboo.

Many species from this enormous genus are difficult to tell apart; most species are all black, or primarily black with some yellow or white pubescence.

Females will typically live alongside their own daughters or sisters, creating a small social group. They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest. A few species bore holes in wood dwellings.

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