Mostly in residential areas there can be situations where nesting bee colonies are causing safety concerns or have become a nuisance and cannot be longer tolerated. The question arises:
Under normal circumstances a bees' nest is occupied for eight to ten years, longer when there is enough space to extend the combs, which are the fundamental building elements.
The long term effect of a bee nest
What has to be noted is that from an unmanaged or feral colony of bees a bee swarm emerges, usually every spring, searching for a suitable nesting site, usually nearby.It is not uncommon to find two or more nesting bee colonies in the house wall cavity of the same house a few years after arrival of the first bee colony, not to mention those swarms that have disappeared over the fence and settled somewhere in the neighbourhood.Feral bee colonies are not being controlled by a beekeeper, so they follow their natural instinct to swarm in order to multiply. Diligent beekeepers manage their bees and control the swarming urge of their bees to prevent swarms from being released into the neighbourhood.So, when a colony of bees has moved into your compost bin and you are willing to tolerate them there, please rethink the situation with regards to the years ahead, one new bee colony every year emerging from your compost bin, searching for a new home on your property and in your neighbourhood.Even when you think you can tolerate an unmanaged or feral bee colony in your backyard, spawning a swarm every year - do you think your neighbours can tolerate the swarms coming to their property?
Bee removal or extermination?
Particularly in residential areas, a nesting colony of bees can become a nuisance or a safety concern.Examples:
- A bees' nest on or near a school yard might be interesting for the kids but will cause concern of some parents.
- A tree needs to be lopped and when the tree is hosting a bees' nest, no tree lopper would attempt to cut down the tree with the bees in it.
- A bees' nest in the wall cavity of your house could be exciting in the short term, but intolerable in the long run.Hence, having a bees' nest removed by relocation or extermination is often required.In most cases a nesting colony of honeybees can be removed and relocated without destroying the bees. However, removing bees alive can be quite labour intensive and difficult, and is sometimes not an economical or safe option.Removing a bees' nest without destroying the bees is not always possible or a viable option. In principle, when the cavity the bees are nesting in cannot be opened or is unsafe to be opened or too expensive, extermination by a licensed Pest Controller is the sensible option.When you have a bees' nest on your property:
- Take into consideration to have it removed and relocated if possible.
- If removal is not an option, have them destroyed as soon as possible, before the problem/damage escalates.
- Keep children and pets away from the nest.
- Do not attempt to spray the bees with fly spray or any other pesticides.
- Any interference with the nest will only aggravate the bees and encourage them to sting in defence.
- Interfering with the nest will make it more difficult for a beekeeper to deal with the bees.If you need a bees' nest removed and relocated you might consider our [Bee Removal Service]
Photos of Bee Nests