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Nuisance Bees Anglesey Beekeepers are often contacted about winged, flying creatures, especially in the spring and summer period. The most common insects to cause this concern. are honeybees, bumblebees and wasps. Bumblebees Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. They often nest in bird boxes, under the decking, or in the compost. Recommendations: Leave them alone if possible. Bumblebees are an important pollinator and rarely sting and are under threat of extinction. Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Beekeepers will not collect/remove Bumblebees. Solitary bees Are there lots of small bees popping in and out of the wall or very small holes in the ground. Do they have a reddy/brown bottom? Are they almost black? These are Solitary Bees, they are harmless and as their name suggest live more or less alone. They aren't interested in you and should be left alone. Beekeepers will not collect/remove Solitary Bees. Wasps Is it very smooth mainly yellow with black stripes? Is it in the roof of your house? Are they coming from a round paper nest? Is there a nest in the shed or in a hole in the ground? Do they have a high pitched buzz? Are they after all things sweet? Then these are probably Wasps. For more information go to BWARS. Contact your local council pest control. Beekeepers will not collect/remove Wasps. Hornets Are they very big with a loud buzz? Are they black and brown with a hint of orange? Living in the roof or shed? Do they have a very big curved tail? These are Hornets. For more information go to BWARS . Contact your local council pest control. Beekeepers will not collect/remove Hornets. Honeybees Honeybees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black. If you suspect they have nested in the fabric of the building e.g unused chimney behind a soffit board, then there is probably nothing we can do. If you have honey bees in the structure of your property click here If the swarm has not yet entered a cavity (as the photo right). Then a swarm catcher will probably be able to recover it. If you are looking at this situation then please contact the ABKA Secretary on 0744 9021219 or 01286 675833  who will provide advice and if appropriate contact a swarm collector.
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