So, you've spotted a bees' or wasps' nest in your loft, under the eaves or in your shed. What should you do? Follow our guide to find out
There are lots of different types of bees - including bumble bees and honey bees, solitary bees and mason bees. Bees are precious so you should never kill them or attempt to destroy their nests - instead, you'll need to call a beekeeper to relocate them.
It depends on the type of bee. Bumble bees will live in compost heaps, under the shed, in the ground or in holes in walls; solitary bees like soft soil and holes in walls, too, while mason bees like a sunny spot, often in a hole in a brick wall. None of these bees is aggressive.
Honey bees, the type kept in hives by beekeepers, will also live in roof or wall cavities, in a chimney or a hollow tree. If you see a swarm or nest of them, don't approach it, but contact your local council or a beekeeper to ask them to deal with it.
Start with your local council. Or, contact a beekeeper in your area through the The British Beekeepers' Association
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