Bumble bee problem?
We had lots of calls in the first half of June 2013 about unwanted bees. A few of these turned out to be mason bees. We had our fair share of bumble bee call-outs! Solitary bees, like mason bees, do not have a colony structure and are therefore not defensive of their simple nesting sites. However, whilst bumble bees are extremely docile, they will defend their colony if threatened. They might sting if provoked, but we always advise to let them “be” (excuse the pun), because they are very useful insects. Sometimes the location of the colony is not acceptable to the house owner and re-location or destruction (unfortunately) of the colony is carried out. Re-location is possible if the colony is confined to for example a bird nesting box: We arrive when it gets dark, block the entrance hole(s), remove the nesting box and re-locate the colony to a sheltered spot in a woodland area with the land owners permission. Re-location is always done with safety in mind and in an area were the bumble bee colony is not likely to get into contact with residents and/or walkers.
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However if the nest is in insulation material in lofts, under floor boards, or in cavity walls then it is almost impossible to save the bumble bee nest. The colony structure consists of many loosely attached wax cells and it will disintegrate when it is removed from the surrounding material, meaning the end of the colony. In this case we usually treat with a suitable insecticide. If you live in the North-West of England and want to discuss a competitively priced solution to your (bumble) bee problem, please call Ed at Aardvark pest control on 0796 88 45 888.