Swarms

In the UK there are around 270 different species of bees, we only collect honeybee swarms and this is a free service. We have provided some information to help identify the different types of bees and some advice in regards to what the best course of action is.

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Bumblebees

Description: Large, round and fuzzy.

Nesting: Small groups, lasts around 2 to the 3 months and stay in dry and dark areas (e.g. bird box or in the ground).

Sting: Yes, but unlikely, they only do this if provoked. They can sting several times without dying.

Bumblebees with strong nests usually naturally die off by Autumn, we would advise to leave them as they are. They are pollinators and vital for the environment.

We cannot assist with the removal of bumblebees.

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Wasps

Description: Thin, bright yellow and black stripes, with hardly any hairs.

Nesting: Roofs, lofts or underground.

Sting: Yes, usually aggressive ready to sting and can sting several times without dying.

Wasps naturally die off by Winter.

We cannot assist with the removal of wasps.

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Mason bees

Description: Bright orange abdomen with white hairs on their head and a long attenae. Male mason bees are slimmer than females.

Nesting: Gardens and parks, usually in existing cavities, they love a south facing garden.

Sting: Male mason bees can't sting as they don't have a stinger but females have a stinger and will only sting if squeezed.

Mason bees are usually only seen between March and June and are harmless, we would advise to leave them as they are.

We cannot assist with the removal of mason bees.

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Honeybees

Description: Oval with golden yellow and brown stripes with little hairs.

Nesting: Large groups of around 60,000 in a beehive or inside cavities and under objects.

Sting: Yes, but unlikely, they only do this to defend themselves and die afterwards.

If you believe you have a honeybee swarm get in contact with us using the Contact Us section below.

We can assist with the removal of honeybees.

We only assist with honeybee swarms locally in West Yorkshire in the Birkenshaw, Mirfield and Heckmondwike area. If you find you still need assistance but outside of this area you can visit the BBKA website to find your local beekeeper at www.bbka.org.uk/swarm

If you are in the above areas and you believe you have a swarm, please fill in the below contact form - thank you.

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