However, please ensure that what you have found are honey bees before contacting us on the telephone numbers at the bottom of the page, by using the following guide:
1. Honey beesare about the same size as a wasp but are duller in colour – if you see a large cluster of thousands of insects hanging on a branch or fence post this may be a swarm of honey bees. Please note that we do not recover bees from buildings etc. for health and safety reasons and because of the structural damage that may be caused. We will also not destroy honey bee nests – this is a pest control problem – honey bees are not protected, so do not be put off if you are told this. If a Pembrokeshire resident, call Pembrokeshire County Council’s, Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 and ask for Pest Control.
do not swarm. Each year a new nest is built which looks like a paper lantern. Close to it is easy to distinguish between wasps which are brighter yellow and with a narrower waist than the honey bee. If insects are flying from a gap in roof tiles near the ridge, it can be tricky. If the nest is visible identification is easy. Please note that we will not deal with wasps or their nests – if a Pembrokeshire resident, call Pembrokeshire County Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 and ask for Pest Control.
do not swarm. Most people can recognise bumblebees they are much bigger and fewer than honey bees with layer of hairs on their bodies which is usually banded black and yellow (or orange or red) and the traffic at the nest entrance will consist of only a few bees a minute, whereas a busy hive will have almost a cloud of bees at the entrance. We will be unable to help you with a bumble bee problem. The bees will disappear over winter and are unlikely to return to the same location so if possible enjoy them for the summer.
do not swarm. Since these bees are quite fussy about where they set up their nests, it is not uncommon for many bees to do so in close proximity, and if the conditions are right a large number of nests can mature almost at the same time. In this case a large number of bees will be seen crawling about. One of the most common is the red mason bee, which can often be seen exploiting holes in brickwork or footpaths for its nesting site. We will be unable to help you with a solitary bee problem. Again, if possible, enjoy them.
If you have looked at the above checklist and think you have a Honey Bee swarm please contact:
Swarm Co-ordinator (North of County) – Jeremy Percy on 07799 698568
Swarm Co-ordinator (South of County) – Alan Johnson on 07867 988597
Please note that the PBKA Auction this year is on Saturday 4th May in the Pavilion Building, Withybush Showground, Haverfordwest. Viewing commences at 11am and the auction starts at 1pm. All enquiries to the PBKA Chairman, Jeremy Percy on 07799 698 568.
A third of British wild bees and hoverflies are in decline, according to the BBC in a new study.
If current trends continue, some species will be lost from Britain altogether. Scientists warn that the loss of nature could create problems in years to come, including the ability to grow food crops.
Just to remind beekeepers everywhere to check their bees for stores as we are coming into a high risk time for starvation as the queen gets into gear and the remaining winter stores are used up. So give your hives a heft and if needed, give them some fondant or candy (not liquid feed!).