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Hi We have a nest of tree bumble bees in our bird box. I friend who knows bees has identified them. The bird box is near our kitchen window. Can we remove it or should we just leave it. Will the council do it. Irene
Hiya If the nest is not causing any problems leave it where it is. As far as I am aware councils do not deal with bees. Regards Paul
A very interesting webpage very informative
Thank you James
Well, we are in October and Tree bumblebees are in hibernation or are getting ready to hibernate. They will choose your loft, holes in trees or anywhere dark and dry ready to emerge next March or April. Safe sleep till then. Paul
ive had a problem with these tree bees in my home past 2 weeks i finally found the nezt it was of all places inside my airing cupboard, i got stung while i slept in bed the one night so i phoned about looking for help to remove them my local eviromental health wouldnt touch them as they said bees are protected , then asked my landlords to sort something they said same thing again i had to find a bee keeper nearest one to me was nearly 80 miles away and wouldnt travel so as a last resort i used wasp killer spray removed what i could see of the nest and now hoping for the best
Hi, Cath If you are in the North West Of England I am sure we could help. If you are not, make sure you protect yourself when you approach the nest.
Hi. Only just noticed we have the Tree bumble bee. Iis nesting in the cavity of our wall, i have found the entry point through the gap from the kitchen drainpipe. i have sealed it with silicon but still have 5/10 bees trying to get access is this ok and will they give up as i have a small garden and 2 young children who play in the garden. seen the precautions ie tee tree oil and peppermint oil does this work? thanks for your attention and look forward to hearing from you
Hi, Dave one of the worst things you can do is to block the bees in, they have to come out of the nest and could start to come out inside of your property, not unheard of. If you could unblock the hole whilst keeping yourself safe. These bees are aggressive in defence of the nest. Not sure if tee tree oil and peppermint oil work. If you are in the North West of England we may be able to help.
will do straight away, could you send me your contact , we are in blackpool, thanks
Hello. Do the veins on the wings of tree bees vary between individuals and nests, or are they characteristic for the species?
I have never really looked into the veins on the wings, but next time I visit a nest I will look and find out Paul
I’m not sure about bumble bees, but the vein pattern in honey bees can help with identification not only of sub species but also lineage, so the same is possibly true of other members of the Hymenoptera family (bees, wasps & ants) See http://keepingbee.org/bee-wings/ for a little more info.
Hi Paul I have a nest in my cavity does that mean I will have them every year
Hi, Jeannie, It doesn’t mean you will have them every year, but I have seen them using the same entrance in consecutive years. You cant predict nature I’m afraid. Regards Paul
Hello! I have a tree bumble bee nest in the loft and can hear the queens piping through the bedroom ceiling at about 5.00 am every morning. How will I know when the nest is empty and it is safe to go up and remove it? Do the queens leave before the workers?
Hiya by piping I take it you mean buzzing. Most nests are now dying or dead. Do you need to remove the nest?. These bees like to burrow under insulation, you may not find the nest. Queen’s have now left the nest leaving the workers. Regards Paul
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