When many people think of bee infestations in the home they think of swarms. But what if you keep seeing solitary bees that don’t seem to have a nest? You are most likely looking at a typical Masonry Bee (Genus – Osmia: Family Megachilidae).
What is a Mason or Masonry Bee?
A masonry bee is a unique kind or species of bee, because it is a solo operator. Rather than live in a swarm these bees live alone. They like to live in mortar and cement walls especially those that have existing tiny holes. It is unusual to see masonry bees in new builds. They don’t have any good places to set up, but if they find their way to your roof you may find them living under the tiles.
We found an interesting video talking about the masonry bee life cycle and behaviour here:
What Damage Does a Masonry Bee Cause?
Masonry bees are largely harmless. Because they don’t move around and settle down in swarms they are unlikely to do major damage to structures. If, however, they find a suitable environment they can settle down in large numbers. Each bee will drill its own little home where it will deposit pollen and over time they can cause significant structural damage. You should be careful if you live in an older building or home. Because the concrete and cement have been weakened by age it is easier for bees to settle down.
The only way to know whether you have a problem with masonry bees – after you spot a number of them, of course – is to have your property inspected by a masonry bee expert. There are many different species of this bee, and you may find that they differ from place to place. That is why it is important to consult or hire someone who knows all about masonry bees – not only will they confirm the kind of bee that you are dealing with, they will also know the most expedient way to deal with them. It is not usually necessary to kill masonry bees – there are ways to get them to move away and establish their homes somewhere else.
Is a Masonry Bee Dangerous? Do they sting?
One commonly asked question about the masonry bee is whether or not it stings. It depends on who you talk to. Many people who are stung by bees do not know the difference between masonry bees and other kinds of bees, so it is hard to determine what kind of bee stung them. Some bee experts are quite sure that masonry bees are able to sting. The important thing is to be safe – don’t take any chances. If you notice more than a few bees in your home it is best to deal with the problem right away – call in an exterminator who knows all about bees so that they can determine the best cause of action.
What kind of bee pest control or exterminator should you be looking for?
There are many Pest Control Companies in Warwickshire, but not all of them are equipped or set up to deal with masonry bee caused problems in your property. Before you hire a bee pest control service talk to your chosen exterminator about bees in general and masonry bees in particular. How much they tell you and the kind of language they use will tell you whether or not they are experts in this field. Since masonry bees are mostly harmless you shouldn’t be looking for a Warwickshire bee pest control exterminator who uses strong chemicals. These bees are very important pollinators and the best way to deal with them, unless they are a menace, is to encourage them to move and find a new home.
Make sure that the exterminator is able to deal with the source of the bee pest problem. If they don’t stop them at the source they will be back sooner then later and you may find yourself needing to call the bee exterminator or company over and over. The bee pest control service should be fast and effective. More, while they are in your home or business they can also inspect it for signs of other insect infestation, including ordinary bees and wasps.
We are one of the most reliable exterminators in Warwickshire – we are experts in all kinds of bees including the masonry bee and we can get rid of them in a humane way.
You can find out more about our masonry bee pest control services here.