Bee Gone Talk
Where have the bees gone?
On the 24th March 2015 Pete Higgs from Beegone, a firm which removes honeybees from difficult structures such as chimneys, internal walls and structures, then rebuilding the property before relocating the bees with local beekeepers gave an interesting talk on his company and the escapades he has dealt with to a group of 30 Surrey Bees members.
Many a beekeeper has arrived at a swarm location only to find that the bees have now taken up residence in the loft, soffits or chimney and without the proper equipment (sometimes scaffolding and cherry picker) and proper insurance, they are almost impossible to remove.
The property owner then has a choice normally to either call a council pest controller who will come out and for £60 will kill the bees (NO!!) or live with the bees. However, more often the not, the “problem” still remains as the comb and sticky honey that remains attracts more bees or worse still wasps and/or hornets…and so the issue is compounded.
“Bees aren’t legally protected. Bees are needed to pollinate crops that feed the world’s growing population. Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, more than 70 percent are pollinated by bees, the U.N. report said.
However…When it comes to honeybees honeycomb, that is protected, and because it takes 500 trips to a flower to create 1 teaspoon of honey if bees can steal it they will. The problem is that if a colony is treated with insecticide all the bees will die and the honeycomb then gets contaminated. This then becomes a seriously damaging situation, other bees steel the honey fly it back to their colony and then die too.
If the bees robbing the honey are from beekeepers hives, the insecticide can be transferred into honey intended for human consumption which is not a safe situation. The legislation states that this must not be done and can result in fines of £25,000.” (taken from Beegone website)
Beegone specialise in not just removing the bees humanely without any need for insecticides but also removing all the comb and honey, guaranteeing complete eradication, blocking up any future possibilities of insects returning to the site.
Pete had lots of lovely stories and despite a sore throat gave a passionate talk on some of the more humourous ones.