On this page you will find information about what to do if you are dealing with bees in your house.

Will pest control treat bees?

We don’t treat bees – but we do treat wasps.

Please read the information and advice on bumblebee nests.

What should I do if I have bees?

The first thing you need to do is identify the kind of bees that you have.

If you have honey bees, contact Portsmouth & District Beekeepers Association on 07442583524.

The success of moving a colony of bees depends on its location, and the chances of moving the queen. If the nest and colony can be reached easily, then there’s a better chance of moving the colony.

Treating a nest

Because of their important role, every effort should be made to avoid carrying out control treatments against honey bees. Treatment with a pesticide should only be a last resort.

If foraging honey bees find a nest which has been treated, they will carry away contaminated honey. This can lead to contamination of honey used for food, kill large numbers of bees and destroy hives.

Different types of bees

Bumblebees

If you have a bumblebee nest it’s unlikely that you will be able to move them successfully. Moving bumblebee colonies normally damages them to the point that they can’t recover.

  • if you have a bumblebee colony you should leave it alone until the queen departs at the end of the season
  • then block off the entrance so that other bees and mammals can’t re-use the nest next year
  • bumblebees are quite gentle – they don’t normally cause a problem if their nest is treated with respect.

Mason bees

  • live in small holes in wood or masonry
  • look small and sleek, and are often blue or red in colour
  • gardeners provide nests made of drilled wood or thin cardboard tubes to encourage mason bees to pollinate.

Mining and mortar bees

  • dig holes in dry firm ground or old masonry to use as nests
  • look like smaller, less colourful bumblebees
  • Mining bees are solitary, but if they find a good nest site, they’ll often nest together, tightly packed.

Carpenter bees

  • tunnel holes into wood and can cause damage to property if allowed to nest close together
  • vary in size and colour, but generally look like bumblebees with a shiny hairless abdomen.

Frequently asked questions