Bee Control – Spring time in Newcastle
Well Spring is now here and it means that bees are very active and already starting to become a problem for some Newcastle residents.
You will see plenty of bees around your property especially if you have plenty of flowering trees or plants.
Bees need 2 different kinds of foods to make honey. The first is the nectar, the sugary juice from the middle of flowers and the other is from the anthers of flowers which contain numerous small grains called pollen.
With spring just started we have already started to receive requests for bee control. The swarming season for bees is usually between September and December but on rare occasions colonies may swarm at other times.
In Spring, bees reproduce and the hive can quickly become overcrowded. It then causes the bees to swarm and around half the bees in the hive will leave to try and establish a new hive.
The queen bee will also leave the hive and new queens that will hatch to replace her.
It’s during this swarming time that the scout bees will be searching for a new site for a hive. Once a new location is found the bees will move and establish a new colony.
Why do bees choose wall cavities?
The scout bees will search out a cavity for a new hive. If you have plenty of holes or gaps in your wall then your home could be a target for a new beehive.
Bees like the protection of wall cavities, especially in older homes that lack insulation between the wall studs.
Recently a technician attended a property in Warabrook where the resident was concerned about bees entering into holes in one of the walls. The small gaps where the brickwork meets the window frame were providing a suitable home into a larger cavity. The bees were starting to make a hive within the wall. See the pictures below…
Do you have holes like this around your windows?
Can you prevent bees from occupying a wall in your home?
Yes, if you seal all holes in your wall that lead to a large cavity.
Take a walk around your home and look at small holes especially in the brickwork or around windows where quite often there are small holes left where the window sits up against the brickwork like the picture above.
If you identify any holes seal them up as soon as you can. For weep-holes in brickwork there are special plugs that you can by that still allow moisture to pass through.
What to do if you have bees in your wall?
If you discover that you have bees in your wall the best thing to do is call Amalgamated Pest Control Newcastle and we will send out a technician to assess the site and determine the best way to control the bee problem.
Do not attempt to plug the entry hole as you might trap the bees inside the wall and they will look for another exit point and that could be through your ceiling or wall cavities and you don’t want the bees inside you home.
What about safety concerns?
You should only be concerned if someone living in the home is allergic to bee stings.
Only a small percentage of people are allergic to bees; but for these people venom can be very deadly and even life threatening.
Bees only sting to defend their colony. Do not attempt to control them yourself! Call professionals.