Masonry Bees Control Manchester & Cheshire
While looking much like a typical bee, this species can be harder to spot than ordinary bees as they are solitary insects, with each bee making its own hole in masonry or stonework. The trick is to look for a wall or masonry section that the bee keeps returning to rather than heading towards a tree or nest.
In commercial structures it is a legal requirement to eliminate Masonry bees, partly due to the damage that can be caused by an infestation. Many business owners may think that getting rid of Masonry bees is simply a matter of shooing the black-and-yellow fuzzy insects away; but treatment is far from a simple matter.
Masonry bees will usually make their nests in badly-maintained or old mortar between bricks and are a common problem in these types of structures during the spring and summer months. The single bees dig their own holes in the mortar in contrast with other bee species that may take up residence in existing holes. The Masonry bee excavate tunnels into the soft mortar, coat the holes with a smooth material and then fill them with bee bread (a mixture of pollen and nectar) before laying their eggs.
You can find several species of Masonry bee in the UK, however all are capable of causing damage to structures. While the damage that an individual bee can cause may be small, any infestation can lead to an increase in the Masonry bee population, with an exponential rise in the damage caused to stonework. It’s therefore important to have any infestation, however small, dealt with as soon as possible.
Manchester Pest Services are happy to deal with any Masonry bee problem in properties across the Manchester and Cheshire areas, and have several possible treatments that can be offered. These treatments can range from relocation to the use of insecticides if necessary.
If you believe that you have a Masonry bee problem, please contact us as soon as possible to arrange a visit and assessment by one of our trained technicians.