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To pay a beekeeper to move a nest?

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LittleLionHeart Sun 05-Jun-16 23:40:32

I've discovered a bumble bee nest in my garden. It's on the top of my conservatory roof. We found a lot of dead bees and dozy bees in our washing and all day today outside (first really warm day of the year here) I could hear a constant buzzing. Investigated and they're in a bird house on our conservatory roof. It's a swarm. Coming in and out constantly and a constant noise. The bird house is full and covered in bees confused

Google says they'll go after a season's up and a bee charity recommends leaving them but does concede there are people who will remove them but say it's not very ethical.

I'm quite frightened of bees and am a writer. Sitting on the patio (where I intended to write all summer...) I can hear the swarm. I know bees are endangered but I would really like them gone. AIBU?

VioletBam Sun 05-Jun-16 23:52:35

YABU. Bees are protected and at huge risk. If we don't have bees we all die.

Being quite frightened of bees is one thing....but actively endangering them is another.

You might intend to write on the patio all summer but you need to either change plans or put up with them. They won't bother you if you leave them alone.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 05-Jun-16 23:53:57

I kinda think YABU, but I love bees, and was pleased as punch when I found a nest in my shed.

But I do understand your position.

If it's a swarm, a beekeeper will happily take them.
I'm not sure they would if it's an existing nest.

Google beekeepers in your area, or go on apiarist fora, you'll get lots of help there. They're a friendly bunch, I find. smile

HelloDoris Sun 05-Jun-16 23:54:29

Most beeks won't touch a bumble nest. They will be gone by the end of summer, bumbles do not swarm, it's probably males hanging around waiting for a shag.

Please pleasE don't kill them, try your local beekeeping association uou may find a beekeeping who would help.

Read up on these beautiful insects

Bumbles generally don't sting unless provoked (much like honeys).

UterusUterusGhali Sun 05-Jun-16 23:55:33

Just saw its bumble bees, ach, they're cool. Small nests. Won't bother you at all, and your plants will benefit.

No bees, no garden to write in. smile

gamerchick Sun 05-Jun-16 23:56:04

You'll not find anyone to move them for you. You need to leave them alone.

Yanno they cant see us, we're too big. They'll be gone in a few months if the nest doesn't die out.

We need bees for the very survival of our species, just leave them alone.

HelloDoris Sun 05-Jun-16 23:56:13

I work with beekeepers if you give me a rough area I'll give you a list of associations nearby.

CodyKing Sun 05-Jun-16 23:56:32

Bee keepers would love to fetch them - they bring a box to collect - doubt they would charge - if they do ring the council its one of the services your council tax pays for

gamerchick Sun 05-Jun-16 23:58:27

Beekeepers collect swarms. They do not come for bumblebees.

crazycanuck Sun 05-Jun-16 23:59:27

Agree with all previous posters. Please leave them be, they won't bother you if you don't bother them and they'll be gone when the summer's out. Bees are becoming so scarce, they need all the help they can get.

LittleLionHeart Sun 05-Jun-16 23:59:45

Hellodoris - west mids

HelloDoris Mon 06-Jun-16 00:02:30

Some beeks do if the threat of death is upon the nest, unscrupulous pest controllers and idiots with boiling hot water are all too common.

Sounds like these are tree bumbles, they will avoid you and go about their bumble business if you let them.

LittleLionHeart Mon 06-Jun-16 00:03:26

Okay. Thank you. I wanted to know if I was being unreasonable and it seems I am. I will learn to live with them. Maybe my publisher will let me stick a bee metaphor in my next book...

UterusUterusGhali Mon 06-Jun-16 00:03:54

Bumble bees are harmless. They just bumble!

They're the Newfoundland puppy of the insect world.
Just cute and harmless and hairy and bumbly. smile

They will be gone soon.

Can you give us a photo? Are they deffo bumbles?

UterusUterusGhali Mon 06-Jun-16 00:05:04

I was going to say you should use them as inspiration!

HelloDoris Mon 06-Jun-16 00:06:15

Search the map for your closest one. Can't guarantee anyone able

tartiflette Mon 06-Jun-16 00:07:54

I see your nest in the garden and raise you a nest just above the bay window in our bedroom (it actually sounds very much like they're IN the room but they're either in the cavity wall or under the roof tiles. For now...)

I completely get that we need to leave them alone - pretty sure they are white bottomed bumble bees although hard to get a good visual from underneath - but MAN they are loud and the prospect of not sleeping properly all summer long is a bit daunting!

crazycanuck Mon 06-Jun-16 00:09:44

Aw, fabulous OP! I'd post a pic of the bumblebee tattoo I had done just yesterday but it's still covered in saniderm bandage and can't be seen properly. It's a white-bottomed one, as we don't have those back here in Canada and I miss them from my time in Jersey. Your garden will thank you! grin

catsrus Mon 06-Jun-16 00:12:10

Seriously they are doing you no harm and are benefiting the environment. If they are bumblebees (big and hairy) they should be left alone, trying to move them is a specialist job usually only done if they are in a house or shed which is in use - these are on a roof. they could hardly get further away from you.

If they are honeybees - the only species which form a swam - a bird box would be too small to house them long term and I'd guess they'd move on anyway. If the bird box is easily accessible a beekeeper might come and take them for you. Any chance you could get a photo ? We could tell you if they were honeybees or not.

LittleLionHeart Mon 06-Jun-16 00:13:55

Here's a photo of a dozy one that came in on the washing before I knew about the nest. They're furry but small.

LittleLionHeart Mon 06-Jun-16 00:16:50

Tartiflette consider me folded! However just went to call the cat in and they're silent. Apparently they don't fly or make noise at night. So you might be ok? I can't hear a peep!

LittleLionHeart Mon 06-Jun-16 00:17:28

That's where they are. They're not really showing up as that's very zoomed in, but that box is full and they are intermittently on it, too

AprilSkies44 Mon 06-Jun-16 00:20:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tartiflette Mon 06-Jun-16 00:30:05

Mine are noisy at night although it's more individual buzzing rather than a big hum. But very annoying.
God I hope that doesn't mean they're not bumbles but something more sinister!

tartiflette Mon 06-Jun-16 00:42:51

Actually I take that back, they're humming as well sad

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