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The Difference Between Wasps and Bees?

Wasps and Bees To many people there is little difference between wasps and bees. Both are of a similar colouring of yellow and black, striped, fly and have painful stings. However, while they do share a common ancestor and are of the same family of insect, that of Hymenoptera, as bees and ants. They do

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Bees

Bees Bees are flying insects that are closely related to ants and wasps. They are well known for their role in pollination and in the case of the European honey bee are known for producing honey and beeswax. There are almost 20,000 known species of bee, found on every continent but Antartica wherever flowering plants

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Are Bees On the Endangered List?

There have been numerous reports recently about bees now being ‘officially endangered’. Is this true? Are Bees On the Endangered List? On 30 September 2016, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed seven species of yellow-faced bees on Hawaii that should be protected under the endangered species act. This is the first time any

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Prices for Removing Wasps or Bees in a Chimney

Removing Wasp or Bee swarms or nests in a chimney can be difficult. Most pest control companies will not tackle these difficult jobs, it can be dangerous, more expensive to insure and takes 2 people with long ladders and roof ladders. In the case of bee swarms it may be that they can be treated

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Honey Bees in Chimneys

Like Bumble Bees, Honey Bees have been making a come back in the past few years. The increase has not been as dramatic as the increase in Bumble Bee nests but they have been increasing. This may be down to the increase in people keeping Honey Bees. The way new nests are formed is different

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The Fall & Rise of Bumble Bees in the UK

During the late 90’s and early 2000’s Bumble Bees were in decline. In the past three years pest control companies have been dealing with an increasing (this year was a record for Bumble Bees at PEST UK) number of Bumble Bee enquiries. I believe that this is due to the White Tailed Bumble Bee filling

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Bees Nests

Bees Nests: Most of the calls we are getting at the moment are for bees. The warm weather had meant an influx of jobs, the majority of them being bees. For the first time this year we took over 25 jobs (yesterday) in a day.All of the wasp nest reported have been Mason Bees except

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Wasps and Bees Treatment

In the Spring most pest controllers are keeping an eye on the weather. Long periods of wet, cold and windy weather lead to the two biggest earners in pest control (Bees and Wasps) being decimated. At present we are seeing a lot of Queen Bumble Bees flying about. These are the first to emerge from

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Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees

Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees: One of the questions we get asked at PEST UK concerning rat infestations in houses is: Where are they getting in? How do I stop them in the future? If the house is part of a terrace or a block then this makes finding the entry point(s) difficult. Rats may

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Hibernating Wasps & Bees

Hibernating Wasps & Bees: Soon PEST UK will be selling more pest control products to the public. We don’t really like to do this as we  believe that, in most cases it is better that pest control is left to professionally trained people. The reason for this is that we see many so many DIY

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Bees & Wasps in Lofts

Bees & Wasps in Lofts: On Saturday I saw a Queen Bumble Bee flying about at Tilehurst Station. This is very early even for Bumble Bees and not good news for Bumble Bees unless the weather stays mild and the rain stops! The daly emergence from hibernate is often triggered by lid weather. Temperature is

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Bed Bugs & Multiple Occupancy

Bed Bugs & Multiple Occupancy Premises: I have just booked up a Bed Bug job for a multiple occupancy house in Reading, Berkshire. There are five occupied bed sit type rooms. We have treated this house several times for Bed Bugs before, twice in November 2011, twice in February 2013 and once in September 2013.

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Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees, Wasps & Hornets: It won’t be long before we start getting calls about bees and wasps. This normally starts with customers saying that they have got hornets when in fact they usually turn out to be Queen wasps emerging from hibernation. Their function is to find a nest site, build a nest, lay eggs,

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Wasp Nests & Bee decline

Wasp Nests & Bee decline: This week has been a strange week for us regarding wasp nests. Monday started and although this is normally our busiest day we were 20% down on the previous Monday. This would indicate that the wasp season was in decline but then on Thursday we had our busiest day of

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Wasp & Bumble Bee Nests Cannot Move

Wasp & Bumble Bee Nests Cannot Move: One of the common complaints we get regarding wasp nests is that the customer phones up to say “The wasps have moved, they moved from the area you treated to the other side of the house”. Wasp nests cannot move. What has happened is that the wasp nests

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Bees & the Myth of their Demise

Bees & the Myth of their Demise : Rarely in the world of pest control is good news headlined in papers and the media. One example is rats. Although on the increase generally, wheelie bins in many areas have lead to a decrease in household refuse rat related problems but this decrease has been offset

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Honey Bees

Honey Bees: No one likes to kill bees and at PEST UK we will always try and move them where possible. Bees are not protected as some people believe. In fact honey bees are a semi domesticated species. Although not officially protected they (Honey Bees) may only be treated as long as there is no

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Bees & Wasps

Bees & Wasps: This week has seen the start of the Bees & Wasps season. I treated 2 Bees nests on the roofs of buildings using a roof ladder in both Reading and Farnham. Due to the locations of the nests they could not be removed and were destroyed. At PEST UK we always try

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Bee Stings and Ladders

Bee Stings and Ladders: At this time of year we are getting ready for Bee and Wasp season to start at PestUK. In the spring and summer months each technician will often treat many nests a day. Last year I became proficient at Bee swarm removal in addition to just treating them. Bees usually swarm

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