Most of the UK is enjoying a long period of warm (and even hot) weather at present. That is glorious for barbecues, long walks on the beaches, and the chance to get out into the countryside. Long days, sunshine, and little rain… it all sounds appealing.
But of course, this weather can also bring out some pests. While you may not think of bees as a pest (flying ants and wasps tend to cause more alarm), they can be more visible in good weather. The heat causes a greater level of activity in bees’ nests, so you are more likely to notice there is one near your home.
Where do bees make their nests?
Bees come in many varieties, as do their nests. Some create nests underground, while others like to make themselves at home in compost heaps. Still more will opt for trees and even bird boxes.
What should you do if you find a bees’ nest in your garden?
The ideal thing to do is to leave it alone. The bees will only use it for a short time, so if you can avoid it and let the bees do their thing until autumn, that’s the best option. Bees are also useful to have in the garden and their numbers are dropping, so anything we can do to protect them is a good thing.
What should you do if you find a bees’ nest in an awkward spot?
Bees can take up residence inside lofts or attic spaces, as well as porches and other spots where they will come into close contact with humans. These nests can be more challenging to avoid, especially those inside porches and other problematic areas. If you can provide an alternative route for bees to get into their nests, you should do so.
However, in some instances, they can be problematic, especially if you see swarms of bees flying around the nest. If it is next to your front or back door, you’ll want to do something about it. Moving nests is not easy and is a job best left to the experts. Call in a pest control expert for advice on doing this without disturbing or bothering the bees any more than is necessary.
But if you can leave them to get on with things for a few months, do so. It is the easiest way to let bees do their thing for a bit.