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Bees play a very important role in the pollination of flowers and plants, and every effort should be made to preserve these insects. In the case of Honey Bees the British Beekeepers Association can offer help and advise if you think you have a nest that poses a risk to yourself or other people, if the nest is assessable a trained bee keeper may be able to remove and relocate it to a more appropriate place.
Unfortunately there are occasions when the relocation of a nest is not practical or safe and the only option is to have the bees destroyed, the treatment of a honey bees nest is similar to that of wasps and the process takes approximately 24 hours to complete. Once the nest has been destroyed all entry points to the nest must be sealed to prevent other bees from stealing the honey and carrying any insecticide back to their own nests.
Other UK species of bees include Bumble Bees, Mason Bees and Solitary Bees. Bumble Bees are more difficult to treat than Honey Bees their nest may have several entrances and may also be sited some feet away from these entrances making it difficult to treat the nest directly, and control of these bees can take up to 7 days.
Mason Bees do not pose a direct threat to health as their stings can’t penetrate human skin, however they can over a number of years cause structural problems if allowed to nest in the mortar between the brickwork of buildings.
Solitary Bees like Mason Bees are unable to sting humans, they like to nest in soft soil or sand and can present a minor nuisance when nesting in lawn & garden areas until about mid summer when their season comes to an end.