Honey Bee - Apis Mellifera
Of the 20,000 different species of bee, only 7 are honey bees. These are social bees living in colonies, in hives containing up to 80,000 bees. They collect nectar from flowers and trees and turn it into honey and wax. In the process of collecting nectar they pollinate the plants, trees, flowers and agricultural crops they visit. They are not aggressive but will defend the hive and their honey. When a bee stings it releases a chemical smell that alerts other bees to danger and encourages them to sting. A sting is painful, a few people are allergic to bee venom which can lead to anaphalaxis, a serious life threatening reaction. Leave bees alone - call Bucks Pest Control who will deal with any situation safely.
Bees swarm in spring and early summer; it is their way of making new colonies. A swarm may settle on a branch, a fence anywhere they fancy. They might stay there for several days while they search for a new home. Bucks Pest Control can collect swarms and re-hive them. Most people can recognise a bumble bee...large round and furry some with orange or white back ends. A social bee but not as organised as the honey bee and living in much smaller colonies, often making home in a bird box or in a hole in the ground. Contact Bucks Pest Control we may be able to remove the nest and relocate to a safer place.
Solitary bees and mining bees are similar in size and colour to a honey bee but they live alone in a nest they dig in soft soil, there may be several individual nests in one particular area. Left alone they disappear in mid summer.