Andy Law Pest Control provide professional bee control for domestic and commercial customers when the bees start to become a pest problem.
We use bee control available only for professional use, have the right access equipment to reach bee nests and are experienced in all bee control methods. We do bee control safely too, so children, pets and wildlife aren’t harmed.
However, bees numbers have declined due to a complicated mix of environment and disease. So, although they aren’t a protected species, they need all the help they can get. As a professional pest control company with backgrounds in veterinary science and game-keeping, we take conservation like this seriously and we’ll try to find solutions that don’t harm the bees.
Don’t try to investigate or treat a bee nest yourself. Bees are quite placid if you leave them alone but they’ll sting if they think you’re attacking their nest. If you’re not sure you’ve got bees then maybe our guide to identifying yellow buzzing insects can help. We always recommend getting a fully equipped and properly trained professional in to deal with bees’ nests; doing it yourself could cause harm to you, your family and pets, the environment and kill other bees in bee keepers’ hives.
If in doubt, ring or email us for professional bee control advice. We’ve 30 years experience in pest control and provide free pest control surveys. And we’re available 7 days a week. We really do know what we’re doing; you can trust us to get it right.
There’s more information below on bees, bees’ nests, pest bees problems and our bee control service.
Types of bee
Bees come in many sizes and types. They are hairier than wasps but are mistaken for them because of their colours; shades of yellow, russet reds and brown with dark markings. Unlike wasps, their nests can carry on from year to year, Also, bees aren’t aggressive, don’t sting more than once and some bees don’t even sting.
The Honey Bee is hairy, dark brown/pale orange with dark bands and it makes large nests with wax honeycombs. The Bumble Bee is big, furry and has a bright yellow, orange or white tip on its tail. Both have nests of many bees in holes in trees, in wall, in the ground and under cover. Neither is aggressive but they’ll sting you to defend the bee nest if you interfere with it. The Masonry Bee is brown/orange, isn’t aggressive and lives in holes on the outside of buildings and in soft plaster. A lot can be seen together on walls and roofs and they are often mistaken for wasps; it is hard to spot the difference from the ground. One of our customers thought they needed pest bee control in Auchterarder last year but it was just masonry bees on a sandstone wall; they were busy from April to June but weren’t a nuisance at all the rest of the summer. Masonry Bees tend to return to the same places each year. Solitary Bees have individual nests in sandy ground; if several do this close together it can be mistaken for a bee nest; we had a call for pest bee control in Coupar Angus but it turned out to be these harmless bees and they’d moved on by mid-summer. Masonry Bees and Solitary Bees have harmless stings.
Where bees’ nests are found
Bees find a sheltered space and make their nest inside or under it: under roof slates, in walls, under sheds, in the ground, in chimneys, even under plastic or cardboard; last summer we used bee control in Blairgowrie to rescue bumble bees from behind a freezer, and we rescued some from under a cardboard box in a garage using bee control in Crieff. Honey Bees often make nests in chimneys and this is when they become pest bees; we had to use bee control in Aberfeldy to get rid of this because it was causing a bee problem.
Some signs of a bees’ nest
You might spot Honey Bees flying in and out of the nest entrance, especially in warm, sunny weather when these bees get very active. Or more bees might appear in parts of a building, straying from a bees’ nest close by; we were called for bee control in Cupar when bumble bees kept appearing in a shed, but we found their nest was safely underneath it and didn’t need treating. However, bees in large numbers outside could all just be attracted to one particular flowering plant rather than indicating a nest in or very near the plant. You might hear noises behind a wall or ceiling from bees working in a nest on the other side. Don’t try and investigate bees nests yourself or get too close to them. Normally bees are very placid, some can’t even sting, and if left well alone they will happily carry on their work and leave you alone in return. However, the bees will defend the bees’ nest if they think you’re attacking it and although the ones that can sting only sting once, it would still hurt; it could affect pets and sensitive people badly by causing swellings in the airways or anaphylactic shock too.
Swarms of bees
A swarm of bees is a cloud of hundreds of bees flying away from a bees’ nest to create a new one. It settles in a big cluster on a tree or a shrub whilst ‘scouts’ look for a place for a new nest. The chances of getting stung are very low but the swarm might sting if it is over a day old and is disturbed; it is best to keep away. The swarm normally moves on within 24-48 hours; it won’t stay permanently. Usually customers ring for bee control advice in Perth & Kinross in the early summer when swarms start to appear.
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