Bees are the source of honey but not everyone loves bees and sometimes they become a nuisance. Those who suffer both phobias and Anaphylactic shock from bee stings, including adults and young children, need to be protected. In the vast majority of cases, probably 95%, the bees disembark before we arrive or are collected to be re-homed in hives throughout your local countryside.
There is also a misconception that beekeepers will come rushing to help you. We find that in 95% of cases a beekeeper won’t be available or even contactable in an emergency situation. For this reason we have become very experienced in managing swarms safely.
Being equipped with a sting makes angry bees a formidable force of nature. Most bees are only aggressive when threatened or disturbed, however you must remember that a compact, settled swarm in a shrub or on a fence post etc, won’t be protecting any brood, so is unlikely to attack if left alone.
We have come to realize, that where we don’t control the final 5% safely and sensitively, there are plenty of inappropriate chemicals that amateurs can purchase, to kill the bees themselves. This poses a greater risk to others, and often contaminates surrounding hives, causing untold damage to local bee populations.
An unsettled, fragmented swarm with lots of frantic activity across a broad area is likely to be more risky. What’s needed, is a visit by one of our experts. Very often by the time we get to you, the swarm will fly off.
Honey bee venom is not pleasant, and if you do get stung, it’s important to remove the sting by scraping it of with a nail or credit card as soon as possible. We all react differently to stings, and some people can die from a single sting. This is called Anaphylactic Shock.