Honey Bee Removal - FAQs
Are Honey Bees Protected By UK Law?
No - but in our opinion, Honey Bee control and removal of bees nests, hives and wild colonies should be tightly regulated.
There is no statement in British Law that specifically states it is an offence to eliminate honey bees. Guidelines do exist within the pest control industry, providing guidance on how honey bees should be managed and controlled to reduce any residual environmental impact of their control.
Common Reasons for Honey Bee Removal & Control
Those Most At Risk Include: Children, Pregnant Women, The Elderly and people with Limited Mobility.
> Allergies - Anaphylactic shock kills over 20 people each year in the UK.
> Phobias - Fear of stinging insects can be overwhelming and all-consuming.
> Public Safety - Honey Bee swarms are unpredictable, landing in play areas and car parks etc.
> Disruption - Honey Bee Swarms cause panic, paralyzing work & commerce in affected areas.
> Danger - Honey Bee Swarms (10000+ insects) commonly enter houses via chimneys.
Bees are of great importance, but where they present a risk to human wellbeing, they will be subject to control, and in the rare cases where it is not possible or feasible to collect them, they will be killed.
Not everyone loves bees. Those who suffer both phobias and Anaphylactic shock from bee stings, including adults and young children, need to be protected. In the vast majority of cases, probably 95%, the bees disembark before we arrive or are collected to be re-homed in hives throughout your local countryside.
We have come to realise, that where we don't control the final 5% safely and sensitively, there are plenty of inappropriate chemicals that amateurs can purchase, to kill the bees themselves. This poses a greater risk to others, and often contaminates surrounding hives, causing untold damage to local bee populations.
Methods Used To Control Honey Bees
> Time - Sounds Silly, but most swarms move on naturally within 24 hours.
> Collection - Bee Keepers are quick to collect "easily accessible" swarms .
> Proofing - Honey Bees can be excluded from sensitive areas with proofing & barriers.
> Chemical Control - Including fumigants, contact dusts, sprays, aerosols and foggers.
How Dangerous Are Honey Bees?
Being equipped with a sting makes angry bees a formidable force of nature. They are often only aggressive when threatened or disturbed, however you must remember that a compact, settled swarm in a shrub or on a fence post etc, wont be protecting any brood, so is unlikely to attack if left alone.
An unsettled, fragmented swarm with lots of frantic activity across a broad area is likely to be more risky. What's needed, is a visit by one of our experts. Very often by the time we get to you, the swarm has flown off.
Are Honey Bee Stings Dangerous?
Honey bee venom is not pleasant, and if you do get stung, it's important to remove the sting by scraping it off with a nail or credit card as soon as possible. We all react differently to stings, and some people can die from a single sting. This is called Anaphylactic Shock.