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Bees setting up home in my garden....

Yesterday i noticed a few bees flying down to near where i was sat and going under my patio.  They appeared to have dug themselves a tunnel and setting up home. 

I've only seen upto 3 bees at once so the colony may not be big but they keep coming back and forth down the same hole.  

With me having young children i need to get rid of these..... and i want to do it myself and not get someone round to do it for me

any suggestions?



  • lazy gardenerlazy gardener Posts: 317

    Contact your local bee-keeping society for advice image

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    If they are honey bees then maybe they would sting, but other wise the majority of bees either do not or cannot sting humans.

  • BagzBagz Posts: 38

    They look like honey bees, but i dont what other varieties look similar.  Just need to get rid.....

    i've blocked the entrance to their nest and now there are a few fly round trying to get back in.  I guess the majority in the nest will dig out.  I'll see if there are any local societies who can help me out.


  • TopbirdTopbird Mid SuffolkPosts: 7,586

    I know your children are very precious but bees really are too - especially now. Please unblock the entrance to the nest for the moment & just keep the kids away from the area for a bit until you have explored all other options.

    I think your local beekeepers might be here  In my experience these types of groups are always happy to give good free advice and help whenever possible.  If I've got the wrong area just try Googling your town / district with 'beekeeping'.

    Good luck 

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • BagzBagz Posts: 38

    Will do topbird, the bees are keeping themselves to themselves so ill unblock and seek further advice. 


    thanks for the link image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    Bees aren't aggressive. If a child trod on one it may sting but it could do that wherever it lived. Treat them with consideration and teach the kids to do the same. The world is full of things that might possibly, maybe, hurt but they can't all be eliminated for our immediate benefit. In the long term it wouldn't be for our benefit

  • ZiminukZiminuk Posts: 24

    Hi. I had the same concern last year when some bees nested on our patio. I have verysmall children who are afraid of bees (not too keen myself!!). However we soon realised that they were not aggressive at all and when we investigated further itbecame very apparent that they were very rare bees. The whole family becamequite excited andpay eight year old kept a bee diary. My 11 year old did lots of research and found about the terrible decline of bees in England and the devastating effects that this could potentially have.  Inow have two children who are very enthusiastic bee watchers and campaigners. We are off to visit a bee keeper next week!

    So please, think of it as an opportunity for your children. We are really glad we did.

  • ZiminukZiminuk Posts: 24


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    Nicely put Ziminuk.


  • BagzBagz Posts: 38

    i've managed to get in touch with a couple of bee keepers and both say its highly unlikely they will be honey bees if they are living under ground. More likely solitary bees.  So persuading them to relocate would be a no no.

    One of them also advised i keep young children away image

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