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Bees are not classed as pests as they are pollinators of fruit and flowers and should not be destroyed unless they are in a place that is causing a nuisance or a danger to humans or pets.

Honey bees are a very beneficial insect in our environment and only occasionally does their presence constitute a pest problem. Most professional pest control companies are reluctant to use pesticides on bees nests unless absolutely necessary.

What can I do to get rid of them?

If the bee swarm or ‘nest’ does become a nuisance it is recommended that the services of a bee keeper are used in the first instance. The British Bee Keepers Association provides guidance on identifying bees and how to locate bee keepers in your area who may be able to visit your property and collect a swarm.

We can provide a pest control service to treat bees at a domestic property at a cost of £30. Please complete the on-line pest treatment form to arrange a treatment or contact our customer service centre on 01395 571517.

Swarms of honey bees can usually be safely removed by an experienced bee keeper if they are contacted in time. If the honey bees have left their clustering place and taken up residence in the fabric of a building, that can be more difficult to deal with and a professional pest control technician will be required to undertake the work either solely or in conjunction with a bee keeper.

If the honey bees are not causing a nuisance or a threat, they can be left alone. Some properties are known to have had honey bee colonies within their fabric for many years without causing any disturbance or problems to the property owner.

In the event where bees from neighbouring hives may be causing a nuisance to you in your home and garden see The British Bee Keepers Association and their relevant advisory information leaflet.