Bees

We do not routinely undertake the destruction of their nests unless there is an imminent risk of injury to people in the vicinity. Bees are generally not aggressive unless handled or their nests are disturbed. The advice of the Environmental Health Service is that in most circumstances bees can be left well alone and do not need to be destroyed.

 Bee SwarmHoney Bee Swarm

 

 

 

 

The British Beekeepers Association can help you find out what kind of insect you have and therefore what to do about it. 

Do you have a swarm of bees?

Bee Identification Chart

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Bumble bees

Most people can recognise these large furry bees. Bumble and solitary bees are unlikely to sting unless they are handled or their nests disturbed. Bumble and solitary bees die out after summer and only the females survive by finding a suitable resting place, ready to start new colonies in the spring.

Bumble bees will often make a nest in holes in trees, or possibly by excavating in soft sandy earth. Some bees prefer to make their nests in suitable cavities in buildings, and will even excavate soft mortar from brickwork to make their individual nests. The nest is essentially a ball of grass and moss with wax cells inside it. The number of bees in the largest bumblebee nest does not exceed several dozen. Others will make their nests in sandy domestic lawns. They are sometimes mistaken for Honeybee swarms but bumble bees do not swarm.  Please note that the beekeepers listed below are unable to help with Bumble Bees.


Solitary bees

There are several families of bees which are solitary by nature, but the commonest group are frequently called mining bees. They closely resemble the honeybee, although the individual species differ in colouration. One of the best-known species is the tawny mining bee, which has a thorax and abdomen richly covered in dark tan coloured fur. Each individual bee will make a nest in a suitable position in the ground, often sandy domestic lawns. There may be individual nests grouped closely together, taking advantage of the ease of excavation in the light soil. They sometimes cause minor nuisance until they disappear in mid summer. They cannot successfully sting humans.  Please note that the beekeepers listed below are unable to help with Solitary Bees.


Mason bees

Their colouration is very similar to the honeybee. They prefer to make their nests in suitable cavities in buildings and will even excavate soft mortar from brickwork to make their individual nests. Although harmless in all other respects, the damage to soft mortar in older properties may be quite severe over several seasons. Their stings are usually unable to penetrate human skin.  Please note that the beekeepers listed below are unable to help with Mason Bees.

Honey bees

Honey bees are the only type of bee that will swarm. A swarm is identifiable literally as a football sized (or sometimes larger) ball of bees, as can be seen in the picture above.

A swarm will often move from place to place until they find a suitable nesting place. If a swarm has settled on a chimney it is advisable to light a smoky fire if you are able to do so to discourage them. If bees enter your property you should contact the council for urgent advice.

Where a swarm of honey bees has settled outside for more than about half an hour, you can contact a beekeeper who will often come and remove the swarm for you. Details of local beekeepers can be found below.  Please contact a beekeeper who is closest to your area.


Beekeepers

Please note that beekeepers should not be contacted in any other circumstances - such as where bees are settling in brickwork or in the ground, or if you are unsure whether you actually have bees or in fact wasps. For all general enquiries please contact our Pest Control service.

 

Name

Town / Village

Tel:

Mr N Arnold

Buckland St Mary

01460 234693

Dr C Wright

Castle Cary

01963 350897

Mr L Horler

Castle Cary

01963 351037

Mr R Kemp (Swarm co-ordinator for Chard area)

Chard

01460 65404 

Mr G Twidale 

Chard / Ilminster / Crewkerne

01460 67532 

Ms T Stevens-Vallecillo

Chiselborough

 07814 742653

Mrs J Smales-Cresswell

Fivehead

01460 281411

Mr M Lock 

Hinton St George 

01460 52959 

Mr J Callow

Ilminster

01460 241135

 Mr Tyrell

Ilton 01460 52736

Mr Roy White

Kingsbury Episcopi 01935 823898

Mr T Trood

Long Load 01458 241413

Mr N Trood

Long Sutton

01458 241368

 Mr C Bond

Over Stratton

07808 563885

Mr J Carnegie (Swarm co-ordinator for Yeovil area)

Queen Camel 

01935 851234 or 07850558960

Mr G Seall

Seavington 01460 241440 or 07799866102

Mr & Mrs Bard

South Chard 

01460 221698

Mr & Mrs Blake

South Petherton

01460 242124

Mr P Lehain

South Petherton

07766366888

Dr R Jones

Templecombe

01963 370562

Mr Brain

Wincanton

01963 32069

Mr D White

Wincanton

01963 34054