They are relatively large for insects (bees and wasps being anywhere between one-third of an adult’s little finger while hornets are somewhere near two-thirds). They also tend to reside in locations where warmth, humidity, and safe shelter are present (such as loft spaces, air-bricks, eaves, cavity spaces, soil, tree root systems and many more). All three species can be found foraging for food externally. However, wasps and hornets can be found foraging within premises for food and materials and are very likely to cause structural damage to wooden materials.
Unless a hive is visible or activity indicates the presence of a hive, the presence of bees is not something to be concerned over. This is because they are the least aggressive of the three species in the UK and should be left to pollinate flowers and plants.
On the other hand, wasps and hornets are pests to be concerned over as they both bite and sting, especially with the wasp showing extreme aggression if disturbed or threatened. All being said, all three are capable of causing severe harm, such as anaphylactic shock, via their stingers. They are also capable of reproducing in the thousands, which makes them a considerable threat to occupants making their eradication extremely urgent.
Personal Preventative Measures
Bee, hornet, and wasp control can be difficult due to their ability to fly and access small holes and crevices. However, several preventative measures can be carried out by occupants to reduce the activity of all three species, which are listed below:
- Check your home and garden starting from early spring for increased activity, or continued sightings, as this may indicate a hive presence.
- Keep an eye out for hives and contact us immediately if you see one.
- A wasp’s nest will start as a pine coloured golf ball size and can be found in the following areas (lofts, garages, sheds, cavity walls or under eaves).
- A hornet’s nest will start as a paler shade and resembles overlapping paper mache as a full-sized nest with a large hole in the bottom.
- A honey bee nest consists of layers of small hexagon cells and are always in enclosed environments (e.g. brick or floor cavities) and unless found will only be noticed by the increased activity.
- Bumblebees tend to nest in relatively undisturbed areas (e.g. shaded corners of grass, loose soil, trees) and resemble multiple circular balls coated in a waxy surface.
- Window and door mesh could be installed to prevent entry onto your premises; otherwise, keep them shut if the areas are unattended.
- Ensure all surfaces (both internally and externally) are clear of food debris and sweet substances and that all food and drinks are covered or contained.
- Ensure that all bin lids (both internally and externally) are Secured, or that food waste is secured correctly to avoid being disturbed.
- If you have spotted a nest, keep children, pets, and yourself from entering the infested area, vacate the room and close the door or leave the outside area and go back into your premises.
- Insecticides can also be purchased for domestic use through the toxicity on these are lower than the ones used professionally, which can lead to a failed treatment.
Our Wasp, Hornet, and Bee Nest Removal Services
Steel Guard Pest Control are experts in bee removal, wasp removal, and hornet removal. We also carry out bee, wasp, and hornet nest removal, helping you remove these unwanted, potentially harmful insects. Our exterminators can also handle all aspects of property inspection, pesticide treatments, prevention methods and techniques while providing advice and recommendations to prevent a recurring infestation. We aim to effectively resolve infestations as swiftly and efficiently as possible, depending on the circumstances of an outbreak.
Please note that we aim to remove and relocate all species of bees and that an insecticidal treatment shall only be carried out as a last resort due to inaccessibility of a hive.