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Yer tis, wot is it, will it destroy my house, innit?


 

Dovefromabove

Looks like you've got tree bees Bruv 

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/tree-bee.html#c

Lots of people have them this year including my next door neighbour - they appear to be good news, pollinating our fruit trees - and we're told they will not do damage to your house, and anyway will leave before the winter.

 

Cia

I dont think so. Call the local pest control and send the picture to them - im sure they can idvise.

Dovefromabove - thanks, yes, your link has matching pictures.

I should be able to leave them alone as long as they don't come through inside the house. I just hope they'll frighten the cats in my flowerbed that I wrote about recently . . . 

Dovefromabove

Pest control companies are being inundated with these reports of these at the moment - they are advising to leave alone - they do no harm and are good for the gardens.  They are not aggressive and will only sting if threatened - don't know if that applies to threatening felines or not 

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I shan't pester the pest control companies then, especially as they charge more than the bees do for coming here.

Cia

I guess one could say - your honoured as bees are on the decline.

There are snail/slug trails leading up the wall to their entry point. Is there a connection?

sunnysarah

Yay I got tree bee`s. Came a couple of months ago. Noisy little blighters to start off with ( they are right above our heads in bedroom) but have quietened down now. Very cute things.

 

If you want rid of them look for any local bee keepers  they will love you for them and take them for free.

nutcutlet

bee keepers want honey bees not tree bees.

But sunnysarah likes them and the other posts are old.

I like my tree bees as well

They should be gone by the end of the summer.

I have never seen a swarm of tree bees . The bee that is found in wood is the carpenter bee or the orchard mason bee and they are solitary bees But if it is a large number it could be a swarm as it is the time of year for swarms and they might not want to move on . find a bee keeper all bees make honey apart from the solitary ones .I should know I kept bees (6 hives)  over 20 years ago until a new disease killed my bees within  2 weeks of each other as did other hives in the area

sunnysarah

No don't want to get rid of them, not doing me or anyone else any harm and hopefully when my runner beans flower they will pollinate them for me .

Honoured that they choose my roof.

nutcutlet

and I was honoured to offer a safe haven to some that were unwanted

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fidgetbones

Tree bees  are a typeof bumble bee that nest in holes in trees and have been using nesting boxes. We had some last year, when  we emptied the box, there was no honeycomb, everything had moved on. The new queens had mated and gone into hibernation,the workers and drones had died.

dont mind the tree bees but much larger size ones are here and darting around in all directions. why are the bigger ones here? near my back door under pvc gutter going through small hole in wall. big ones cant get in. they look the same type of bees.

They are Bumble Bees. They will die out in Autumn when the Queen leaves the nest. They do absolutely no harm to you or the house. You can then find where they are coming in and block the hole if they worry you.

Landlubber

like bumblebees, if they polinate why block up the hole?

HELP PLEASE?!!? I have just found out that Tree Bees are taking up residence under the top pitch, ridge roof tile of a bungalow that I am in the process of renovating. The advice of a local pest controller was, as many here have already said, to leave well alone as they'll be gone by/during September but since I spoke to him, the activity around that ridge tile and others nearby is increasing. The problem I have is as just said, I'm renovating the place to ideally sell on in the next two to three months. I need to have the sides of the roof tiles re-pointed and sealed very soon but with the bees being there, the job is going to be a nightmare. Is there anyway I can pursuade these guys to go somewhere else? Smoke them away? Temporarily subdue them? Wait until it rains and go do the cement repairs and unfortunately trap them inside? Clearly I do not want to kill them but I need to do something soon. Any help / advice would be greatly received.