There are over 200 types of bee in the UK, including 25 types of bumblebees. They include the honey bee, re-tailed bumblebee, tree bumblebee, red mason bee, common carder bee, white-tailed bumblebee, leaf cutter bee, and tawny mining bee, just to name a few.
Bumblebees are sociable insects and live in a colony with their queen and her workers. Queen bumblebees are very large and can be seen flying about in early spring feeding on things such as bluebells. You may also see them flying very low searching for a nesting site. They quite often nest underground in old burrows of small creatures, and also under decking, in birdboxes, or even in the compost bin if you have one.
The queen lays her eggs in the nest and hatches them like a bird does by sitting on them to keep them warm. The females are fed extra food in order to become queens themselves in the future while the males do the work by gathering food. Males and the new queens leave the nest to mate, and the queens burrow into the ground to wait for next spring. Meanwhile the males, workers, and old queen die in the autumn and the nest simply decays.
Masonry bees are solitary creatures and rarely seen in any numbers. They pop in and out of holes in the wall, hence the name. They nest in cavities and can actually burrow through soft mortar, but they don’t cause serious damage to property.
Honey bees are small and can be from golden brown to nearly black. They rarely cause any problems, but can occasionally nest in chimneys or cavities in walls. Sometimes you see them swarming around trees, a fence post, or even your garage, but they usually take off within a day or so to find a permanent home.
About a quarter of all bee types are endangered species. They don’t do actual damage to your property, and by and large if you don’t harm them, they will return the compliment. After the summer is over, most bees will go away and not return to the same nest. In fact, by the time you begin to notice the bees, the colony will be beginning to decline naturally anyway. So in short, unless the nest is causing serious problems it should be left alone. In any case, it will help to pollinate the plants in your garden.
However, if you have a swarm in a chimney or wall cavity and need bee removal in Newark, Pestcotek can help you. In many cases we can remove the swarm and relocate it elsewhere. Just give us a call and we can come out and advise you of the best solution.