Should it be necessary to apply an insecticidal treatment to a hive, it is essential that all possible access to it by other bees is prevented. If bees from other colonies enter the treated area to rob the honey that remains there, then other bee colonies could be affected by the chemical.
Once treated the nest cavity will contain thousands of dead bees and many pounds of honey, without the bees to maintain the comb and cool the honey it may start to drip from the hive attracting rodents and insects or causing structural damage.
Insecticidal treatment of honey bees should only be used as a last resort and only if all comb and honey can be removed, if complete exclusion of other bees can be achieved, and when all other options have been considered. RDR Pest management follow the NPTA code of practise relating to feral honey bees
Swarming occurs usually May to June each year, and there can be up to 20,000 worker bees in each swarm as well as a single queen, tucked safely away at its centre. Bee swarms are usually fairly docile and will not attack or sting unless provoked. We can safely collect a swarm and house it in one of our hives or with a local bee keeper.
If you need help or advice with a bee problem, we will do our best to help.
To help you identify what tye of bee you have please click on the images.