Bees are a common sight across Manchester and Cheshire, with Honey bees in particular being one of the most commonly sighted, especially in more rural areas with a wide variety of plants and flowers. Because of their important role in the pollination of flowers and other plants, their ability to produce honey, and their falling numbers, bees are not considered as a pest as such and therefore extermination is very much a last resort.
Nests are often only noticeable towards the end of the summer months when they reach their largest size. However, by this point the hive is already reaching its natural end and the bees will be dying off.
Bees are of course normally associated with hives, though they can also nest in root systems, cracks in masonry and behind loose stonework or cavity walls. If you think your property may hold a nest or hive, the easiest way to tell is to tack the movements of a worker bee as they return to their nesting site. You will only see large numbers of bees in a swarm during the breeding season, usually between 14th April and 14th May, when queens attract large numbers of workers and breeding males to her. These swarms will usually only last for a few hours and can often be found on trees, the sides of houses or other buildings, or other structures.
Honey and wild bees are in danger of extinction and we therefore recommend that they are left alone as they do not cause any significant issues or risks like other insects can. If the bees pause an unacceptable health and safety risk to the public then we would recommend relocation rather than extermination as a control method. It is also important to remember that Honey bees are protected by regulation and their nests need to be relocated. Do not attempt to remove a bee nest without professional guidance or your local authority’s advice.
If the bee nest is inaccessible or difficult to remove, and the location poses an immediate risk to the public or vulnerable people, then extermination can be considered as a last resort. Our technicians would use a fast acting powder or spray treatment to kill off the bee population within a few days. If this treatment is required, all entrance points to the treated nest will have to be blocked at the same time. This is to prevent non-target bees from entering the area and coming into contact with the treatment. This can cause significant disruption and additional costs if for example, the nest is high up inside a chimney or a cavity wall.
Please note that if Honey bees are the target, they may have produced a honeycomb within your property. This will be relocated with the nest if a non-lethal treatment method is chosen, however if extermination is required then the comb will need to be removed as well as it will rot if left in place. This can cause additional problems and attract further pests.
If you are concerned about the location of a hive in Manchester or Cheshire, please contact us at Manchester Pest Services as soon as possible for advice and guidance. Our technicians will be more than happy to visit the site and carry out an inspection before recommending the best course of action.