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 of. “Bee Kind Honey”
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Bumble Bees are endangered!
Call out charges apply £45 + 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, however certain species are solitary like the cuckoo bumble bee.
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.
They are passive pollinators which only sting if threaten. Removing the nest and trying to relocate them some where safe very rarely works. As a result HawkEye pest Control will only attempt this if they are nesting inside a bird box or a similar object. Above all the welfare of the bees is paramount to us.
Bumble bees are endangered and should be left alone.
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. 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 stings rarely happen.
- 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
Our director Andy is a beekeeper and keeps nearly all of the Honey bee swarms and cut out extractions.
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.
Red mason bees, (Osmia rufa),
Are one of many species of bee that are known as solitary bees because they live alone but make individual nests. Females search for mud to build their nests in areas of disturbed soil. Favourite nesting spots for red mason bees are up high in small gaps and holes in bricks and buildings, Which is why they are consequently called the ‘mason bee’. 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.