Bees are essential for maintaining the health of the ecosystem and for global food production because they pollinate most crops. The gradual decline of pollinators has been caused by disease, loss of habitats and the use of pesticides.
Throughout spring and summer particularly, it is wise to check around a property, its grounds and any outbuildings regularly to ascertain if a bee nest has been created in a tree trunk, a discreet corner, behind beams, RSJ’s or joists, in an attic, chimneys or drainage pipes. A compost heap provides an ideal home. Bumble, Honey, Masonry and Solitary bees are common in the UK.
Spring reintroduces bee’s food sources, nest building materials and natural warmth and like humans bees want a safe home with easy access to food. Only as the food sources dwindle and the temperatures drop in Autumn will the population naturally decrease.
If you require bee removal services, please contact qualified professionals who appreciate that the use of chemicals is detrimental to the bees, and to the environment. Relocation is often the most viable solution. Specialists from pest control firms, including the renowned team at Pest Control Berkshire, know how to safely achieve humane bee removal, without getting stung repeatedly or taking unnecessary risks. For example, did you know that some species, like the Masonry bee cannot sting but a Bumblebee will?
Novices are less able to recognise the pest control species and are prone to forget that bees sting when they are under threat. However, they aren’t attacking the human, they’re defending themselves.
Why are insecticides harmful?
Neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely employed insecticides, present a risk to honeybees and wild bees, a report by the European Food Safety Authority has again confirmed. This assessment took data from over 1500 studies on the impacts of three neonicotinoids called clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
“There is variability in the conclusions, due to factors such as the bee species, the intended use of the pesticide and the route of exposure,” said Jose Tarazona, head of the European Food Safety Authority’s pesticides unit.
The usage of neonicotinoids has been restricted in the European Union since 2013, following earlier risk assessments. A ban related to flowering crops, the most attractive to bees, in a move which was initially resisted by the UK. Today’s government’s Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, recently said they would support a ban on non-flowering crops too.
A Defra spokesperson told the BBC, “We always keep the evidence on neonicotinoids under review and will look in detail at today’s report from the European Food Safety Authority. “
In contrast, The National Farmers Union told them that further restrictions were not justified as the assessments failed to take into account “real field situations, where evidence shows there are a number of factors affecting bees.” Bayer, a major producer of the neonicotinoids imidacloprid and clothianidin, also feels no further restrictions are required.
Whilst pest controllers cannot control legislation, they are confident in their abilities and bee removal services; relocation is always preferable to insecticides.