Bees

Bees broadly fall into two categories, solitary bees and social bees.

Solitary bees

There are well over 200 species of solitary bees that find or produce chambers in which to lay their eggs. The bees find soft material such as decaying wood or building materials that is easy to excavate.

The chambers in which their eggs are laid are well stocked with pollen and nectar for their offspring many of which can take up to a year to emerge from the nest.

Appearing in early spring some species of solitary bees also produce chambers in soil and lawns, these are called mining bees.

Social bees

Bumble beeBumble bees and honey bees are from the social bee family and all live in the same nest or hive.

Social bees can exist in extremely high numbers, with many tens of thousands living together in one hive. Hives contain workers and queen bees and they hibernate through the winter.

When the bees finally emerge from the hive they form swarms. Swarming is natural behaviour. During this process the bees are neither defensive nor aggressive

SwarmCounty Pest Control understands the behaviour of bees and can offer advice and a managed solution without the need for the use of dangerous, poisonous chemicals.

Customers are often horrified when faced with a swarm of bees in, or in close proximity to their home. Swarming does not last long. The bees just move on without any need for intervention.

We can advise on simple steps or precautions that can be taken to minimise the likelihood that bees will become a problem.

An essential part of our ecosystem

Bees are generally not aggressive creatures and form an important part of our ecosystem essential for the pollination and reproduction of plants, as well as providing an income for the growing numbers of bee keepers.

CPC : an eco-friendly approach

When dealing with bees, many pest control organisations use pesticides. Contaminated bees can carry the chemicals long distances, wiping out entire hives and, in the case of bee Keepers, their livlihoods.