Bumble-be Gone! Bumble Bee Removal and Rehoming
The humble bumble bee has received a great deal of media buzz in recent years due to their declining numbers. The bumble bee conservation report over a third of bumble bee species have fallen in numbers by a shocking 70%, and two UK species have become extinct within an 80 year period. Keep on reading to find out how you can safely remove bumble bees nests or rehome them.
Why are Bumble Bees Important?
There are 25 types of bumble bee in the UK and they are very important pollinators. Their fuzzy coats collect pollen, transferring it to other plants more easily than honeybees.
Bumble bees also have the advantage over other bee species as they have long seasons, emerging early in the year and often foraging until November. Bumble bees pollinate commercial crops and contribute to saving over £600 million per annum to the UK economy, and are much more effective than manual pollination.
Bumble bees are not aggressive and will not sting unless they feel threatened. Some people may find they can live with a small bumble bee nest on their property. After the summer season has ended, bumble bees usually leave the nest and do not return to it the following year.
Even with these important facts in mind, Avon Pest Control understand that a well-established nest can contain 400 bumble bees, making living with a bumble bee nest on your property very distressing, especially if you or a family member have allergic reactions to stings.
I want to Protect Bumble Bees, but I don’t want to Live with them on My Property!
What can I do?
Avon Pest Control recommend contacting a professional pest control agency to assess your infestation. Without specialist knowledge it can be difficult to know which insect species you are dealing with, the extent of the infestation and the most effective way to progress. Bumble bee nests can be located in difficult to reach areas, such as in wall cavities and chimneys. They also carry the threat of stings should you attempt DIY nest removal and agitate the bees. For safety, it’s time to call in the experts!
Whilst at your property, Avon Pest Control can assess and suggest the most effective ways to prevent further infestations on your property. Due to habitat destruction bumble bees may build nests in bird boxes, under garden sheds, under decking and in compost heaps. Consider removing such items or blocking gaps should nesting bumble bees become a recurring problem.
If a bumble bee nest requires removal and relocation from your Warwickshire property, call Avon Pest Control today on 01789 293 463; our team of expert technicians will solve your pest problem for you.