I think I have a bee problem!

You have just spotted a lot bees in you garden, bird box, compost bin or roof and don’t know what to do next.

Swarm
Swarm Control

A cluster of bees, not always conveniently placed as this but easily dealt with by a beekeeper, contact numbers are on this site for the Louth area. A swarm can look terrifying but when newly “swarmed” they are at their least aggressive. They will only sting when they get tangled in hair or clothing.

Bees in a bird box
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Most likely the Tree Bee, a small bumble bee that has only been in the country a few years and seemed to arrive in our area in large numbers in 2013. These are not a problem if they get into your roof space as, unlike honey bees, the colony will die out in the autumn. If you first notice these bees in June it is because the virgin queens are leaving the colony and there is great excitement with 20 to 30 bees flying close to the entrance hole. This bee also favours compost bins and roof tiles near to the guttering.

Some myths and a few facts
It is not illegal to destroy bee colonies, bees are not protected by law, I mention this as worried individuals have called me after beingĀ told by pest controllers that they cannot help due to the law. It is undesirable to destroy bees if they can be moved but that isn’t the same thing.

Smoking will not remove bees from a property, one lady informed me that a “beekeeper” had tried to smoke bees out of her property but all that happened was the room required redecoration!

BBKA beekeepers (us on this web site) are insured to assist in the removal of bees from a property but not within a building or above a safe working height. This is entirely voluntary and no charge can be made for the service. Some people do offer a donation to the funds and that is gratefully received but that is a personal choice. If a BBKA beekeeper tries to charge you for the removal of bees please inform the BBKA

Local councils no longer have pest control people to assist with the removal of bees and wasps. We have an excellent working relationship with Lincspest Ltd (01790 752825) as they are sympathetic towards conservation and try to avoid the destruction of wildlife when ever possible.

Your local beekeepers for swarm control :-

Ray

Clayton

01507 605773

LN11 0GN

Guy

Williams

01507 339368

LN11 7DH

Guy

Willey

01507 450471

LN13 0JG

Tim

Hunter

01507 602208

LN11 0UP

Roly

Mills

01507 604198

LN11 7HQ

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