Before treating Bee’s, it is important to first consider if these ecologically and commercially important insects, that play an essential role in pollination, can be removed unharmed, there are a number of specialists that are capable of removing bees from trees, building walls and roofs and even furniture.
Swarming is an essential part of the natural life cycle of honeybees, typically occurring when a colony becomes too large for its existing hive, the swarm divides and seeks out a new location. It is common at this time to see a mass of bees buzzing widely about, or clumped heavily on structures such as trees, fences or walls for anywhere from a few hours to a number of days. The Bees will be more docile than normal and don’t generally pose a threat but please follow these precautions:
- Keep children and pets away from the bees
- Keep doors and windows closed until the bees have clustered
- If you do go outside ensure you are wearing closed shoes
- Do not provoke, poke or attempt to chase away the bees, if left alone they will calmly cluster. If aggravated they will sting in defence
Bee stings are normally painful and result in redness of the skin but the effects often reduce within a few hours unless you are allergic to Bee stings, in which case you could swell up or experience much more severe reactions including death.
If the Bees cannot be removed, for example from a wall cavity, where they can become a threat to humans once established, then the wall cavity can be with an insecticidal dust, specifically targeting the entry and exit points. Once the Bee’s have been eradicated, it is important to remove any substantial sized nest built in the wall cavity, to prevent issues associated with the nest rotting.