Bees Pest Control

In much the same way as Wasps, Bees pest control becomes a priority for many during the springtime. It is during this period that we see Bees emerging from their hibernation during the winter to begin their seasonal habits for the summer time months.

Like Wasps, Bees have a tendency to cause problems if left unchecked and it doesn’t matter if it’s a residential or commercial property, Bees will cause issues. That been said, it’s wise to look at the facts that surround Bees and establish how they can be tackled effectively by using appropriate Bees pest control measures.

Bee Types

There are a variety of Bee species in the UK and each of them can cause issues in a variety of ways. The following species are commonly found in the UK:

  • Bumblebees
    • Bumblebees are the larger species found in the UK. They are furrier and rounder than a smaller species of Bee and they can have a more distinctive sound than other variations.
    • Queen Bumblebees are normally seen in the early spring, often flying low to the ground in an attempt to find a location for a new nest.
    • Nest can hold hundreds of Bees and are often found in openings in the ground or in buildings – particularly walls and roof spaces. This can sometimes lead to structural problems.
  • Tree Bees 
    • A relatively new species of Bee within the UK, Tree Bees are commonly found near trees.
    • They are often found in bird boxes as these are normally located on or near trees.
  • Masonry Bees
  • Masonry Bees are often seen flying alone and you will never see them in large numbers.
  • They can be found emerging in small openings in either the ground or buildings.
  • Masonry Bees are noted for being able to burrow deep into building walls, gnawing away at bricks and mortar to build deeper nests. This invariably leads to potential structural damage to buildings.
  • Honey Bees
  • Possibly the most recognisable species of Bee in the UK, the Honey Bee is the smallest and least likely to cause issues.
  • However, they are known to swarm in a nesting area and this can cause issues when their nests are located in building roofs or other cavities which may be an inconvenience to a commercial or residential property.

Bee Pest Control: What To Do

It is worth noting that some species of Bees are endangered and it has been well-documented in the press that Bee population numbers are falling consistently in recent years. With this in mind, it is worth considering that any pest control treatments will be considered when a pest control company is called to a Bee infestation.


Where possible, it may be best to remove the nest and relocate it to a new location which is less troublesome for a property. This option also avoids any unnecessary harm to a Bee Nest.


Closing off a nest

Where possible, a pest control company will attempt to close off a nest using a combination of pf pesticides and materials which will prevent Bees from re-establishing a nest in the summer months.

As mentioned, pesticides are usually used to prevent Bees from establishing a home. However, this has limitations due to the endangered designation of most Bee species in the UK. There is also the consideration that pesticide treatment may affect the health and safety guidelines of a property and, as a result of this, may not be considered an appropriate treatment.

Professional Treatment

Due to the endangered status of Bees in the UK, it is necessary that an appropriate and professional pest control company is deployed to tackle any Bee nest or infestation.

It must also be noted that not all pest control companies will, for ethical reasons, carry out control measures against Bees. However Pest Exterminators or one such company that will – get in touch today to find out how we can help.


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