The European honey bee or Western honey bee (Apis mellifera)
Honey Bee extraction ( we never kill off Honey bees so please do not ask)
The Genus Apis is Latin for “bee”, and mellifera comes from the Latin meli – “honey” and ferre “to bear” — hence the scientific name means “honey-bearing bee”. Don’t panic if you do come across a swarm. The noise from their wings can be quite loud. The bees are usually quite docile while they are swarming. To be on the safe side keep children and pets well away so that the bees are not disturbed, close any open windows overlooking the swarm, then Give HawkEye a call. We will not charge you if we can collect the swarm as we give all swarms collected to local bee keepers within the local area.
However sometimes they enter cavity walls chimneys or behind cladding if this is the case we can still help by extracting the bees with the use of a bee vac. This can be time consuming and can potentially involve removing sections of roofs or bricks to a chimney in order for us to fully gain access to the bees. All our bees are safely transported to new hives and looked after either by us or local bee keepers once rescued. We even collect their excess honey ask us for a jar “Bee Kind Honey”
Freephone 0800 652 5411
Bumble Bees are endangered!
Call out charges apply £40 + VAT when called out for wasps and it is actually Bumble bees.
A Bumble Bee is any member of the bee Genus Bombus, in the family Apidae; there are over 250 known species primarily occurring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Bumble Bees are social insects that are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula; a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind legs are completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
HawkEye has made an important decision not to treat Bumble Bee nests as they are becoming very rare and do not cause any risk to humans if left alone.
Bumble bees are endangered and should be left alone, they are passive pollinators which only sting if threaten. We get thousand of calls each year from people who think that they need to be killed off or taken away just because they have nested in their roofs this not the case. Removing the nest and trying to relocate them some where safe very rarely works and HawkEye will only attempt this if they are nesting inside a bird box. During the breeding cycle you will notice male Bumble Bees hovering around the entrance to the nest, sometimes up to 12 + they are waiting for a Queen to leave the nest and are not swarming and never sting if left alone. The biggest complaint from people is that they can’t open their windows for fear of bees entering and stinging their children, this is very unlikely to happen. If you open a window you may find a stray bee has come into your bedroom but it is very unlikely to sting anyone and simply wishes to leave and go back to its nest, so open the window a little more and let them exit. We apologies in advance if you call and ask us to treat a Bumble bee nest, as we only care about the bees and even though we understand that it is inconvenient allowing the bees to live through their very short life span, we are preserving our children’s and grand children’s future.
Q. What are Masonry / Mason bees?
A.”Masonry” (or “mortar”) bees are one of those solitary types that do not nest in a colony but within individual holes in the ground and occasionally in walls in mortar joints, soft bricks and stones themselves, or cob. In Britain, there are nearly 20 species, the most common being Osmia rufa (the Red Mason Bee). Masonry bees favour sunny, south-facing elevations, as these enhance the germination of their eggs. Nests are established in spring or summer and contain six to 12 eggs, each in a cell provisioned with pollen and nectar and sealed, usually with mud. New adults emerge the following year to repeat the cycle. Masonry bees are honeybee-like in appearance.The female has a sting, but will not use it unless squeezed between your fingers!
Have you seen what looks like a bee swarm in your garden recently? Well, if you think you have, it is more likely to be a gathering of harmless red mason bees than a swarm of aggressive bees.n bees Red mason bees,Osmia rufa, are one of many species of bee that are known as solitary bees because they live alone and make individual nests. However, females search for mud to build their nests in areas of disturbed soil, and so many can be attracted to the same spot, creating a swarm-like appearance. This gathering of solitary bees is called aggregating. Red mason bees also aggregate when they nest, often sharing an entrance to a good site, but having their own individual brood cells inside where they lay their eggs. Favourite nesting spots for red mason bees are up high in small gaps and holes in bricks and buildings, which is where the ‘mason’ in their name comes from.
The female makes a series of cells with soft soil and packs each cell with a paste made of pollen and nectar, which will feed and nourish thesingle larvae in each cell.Each female provisions her own cells, hence the solitary nature of these bees, though they often nest in aggregations giving theimpression of a colony- but this is more to do with strength in numbers than true sociality. They can sometimes construct nests in peculiar places, including door locks and folds in curtains. It’s not only honeybees and bumblebees that are important for pollinating fruits and commercial crops like cucumbers and coffee. Solitary bees carry out this crucial role too. In fact, red mason bees are important pollinators of apple trees. Orchard owners can order pre-populated nesting tubes of red mason bees to make sure there are enough of them to carry out this valuable service.
My favourite quotes regarding bees are
- If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man. Albert Einstein
- The safety of England depends on the number of cats she keeps. He proves his proposition thus: Without the aid of bumble-bees the red clover could not be fertilised. Bumble-bees make their nests on the ground, where they are the prey of mice. Cats destroy the mice and give the bees a chance to live. Hence he reasons, no cats, many mice; many mice, no bumble-bees; no bees, no clover; no clover, no cattle; no cattle, no beef; and without beef where would the Englishman be? Prof. W. W. Cooke—(American Bee Journal.)