Honey Bee Removal

Apis mellifera

The stings are troublesome and in a certain proportion of the population, wherever possible, bees should not be killed, as they are the most important pollinator.

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KEY FEATURES

The social nature of this insect means that there are various castes of the species but since it is the worker, which is most often encountered, its description will be given here.

There are a large number of different strains or races of honey bee which again complicates the identification since the colouration can often vary from almost totally black to light brown and some possess orange patches on the abdomen.

  • The basic form is a dark brown head.
  • Thorax and abdomen with well developed hairs at the intersegmental junctions f the abdomen, on the thorax and on the legs.
  • The wings have strong veins but the apical tip is generally without veins.
  • Workers are 12-15mm long
  • Queens are 16-20mm
  • Males (drones) 14-18mm
  • Larvae develops within the hive.

BIOLOGY

The whole life cycle of the bees is built around a well-developed “nest”. Generally wild bees from their nest in a hollow tree or some such similar position although in certain circumstances they exploit the cavity walls in houses for nest construction. The nests are made up of many wax combs suspended from the “ceiling” of the nest. Within these combs are many hundreds of cells in which the young larvae are being reared by the colony. These larvae spend their whole larval life within the cell and they also pupate in the cell. The social way of life means that huge numbers of individuals are present at any one time and each colony may support as many as 40,000 individuals. Each queen may produce over 1 million eggs. When new queens are produced, the old queen either dies of old age or leaves the hive with about half the workers.

In the old hive, the first queen to emerge stings the other queens, still in their cells, to death and thus becomes the ruler of the hive.

Bees have excellent orientation skills and can communicate by specific dances, which inform other workers of the quality and quantity of food in the vicinity.

DISTRIBUTION

Worldwide.

SIGNIFICANCE

Since, as stated above, bees may exploit houses in which to build their nests they can prove a nuisance pest and the individuals can string humans. The stings are troublesome and in a certain proportion of the population, who are hypersensitive to the venom, they can be extremely dangerous and medical attention in these cases is essential. Wherever possible, bees should not be killed, as they are the most important pollinator

CONTROL

Honey Bees are classed as domesticated animals. Therefore, they belong to someone. Before any treatment efforts should be made to find the owner if possible which might be the local Bee Keeper. He may be glad to come out and remove the swarm for the householder.

However, Bees are not a protected species and if it is not possible to physically remove the swarm and take it away for re-homing it may require treatment as a last resort. We would treat the bees with a residue insecticide approved for bees. After treatment it is important to stop foraging bees from raiding the nest and taking insecticide back to their nest. This will either require the honeycomb removing or the entrance blocking to prevent entry.

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