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    Default Bees in outside wall

    Hi all,

    Im looking for some advice.

    I have bees - no idea what kind they are - going into a gap above a new gas pipe in an outside wall. There seems to be quite a few of them flying in and out. I dont want to kill them so I cant block up the hole but any ideas as to how to get rid of them or will they eventually move away?


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    Hi Kaz

    If you contact the local beekeepers association they will have somebody come and try to rescue them
    If you give some idea of the location of the bees somebody on here will point you to the right local beekeepers assoc.

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    Default Bees in outside wall

    Hi kaz ,
    I simple description would help
    Are they hairy with a distinct bum colour ie white or buff coloured or red? This would indicate them being one of the 3 common British bumblebees
    Do they have "wasps waists"
    Could indicate honey bees or wasps !
    Are there hundreds of bees in the air at one time or maybe a dozen or so ?
    Should they turn out to be bumble bees they should ideally be left alone as they will disappear come Autumn , they will do no structural damage and certainly won't take up permanent residence

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    Mason Bees
    I have loads of them in holes in the wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Mason Bees
    I have loads of them in holes in the wall
    And also:

    If Kaz has many going into the same hole then they'll be something other than red mason bees. Possibly honeybees if they're not bumbles. If they are honeybees the bad news is that they may be there for a while and it is hard to remove them without a lot of upset. They'll probably die out overwinter in a year or two or even three and that would be the time to block the hole. Bumbles, as has been said, will disperse later in the season (usually late summer) and the nest come to a natural end.

    If they are honeybees it is possible to do a 'trap-out' but this takes time, skill, and may not be possible in your location.

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    Hi guys,

    Thank you all for your replies. I have been on Bee watch (or should I say my cat has!)and will try and upload a very fuzzy picture of one of the bees.

    In the last 10 minutes there has been half a dozen or so going in and out. They are not swarming the area they just appear and fly off and then return.

    I am in Stirling and if anyone can help identifying them (sorry about the quality) and whether or not I should get something done about them.

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    Looks like a white assed bumble to me. But then, that blue thing looks like something out of Z cars.

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    They look like bumble bees. The colony will vanish once the next season's queens have been mated.

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    Thanks for replying. Feel happier knowing they wont do much damage and leave in Autumn time. Then I can block it up.

    Z that takes me back! :-)


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