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A fecking huge colony have decided to make up home in between my cavity walls at.
Nice to see my home turned into a defacto apiary for Bumble Bees.

Not too bothered obviously and it's great to see lots of birds and bees in the garden atm.
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Bimboc69 wrote:A fecking huge colony have decided to make up home in between my cavity walls at.
Nice to see my home turned into a defacto apiary for Bumble Bees.

Not too bothered obviously and it's great to see lots of birds and bees in the garden atm.
Well, as long as the only hole is thought the outside leaf.
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Gavin Duffy wrote:
Bimboc69 wrote:A fecking huge colony have decided to make up home in between my cavity walls at.
Nice to see my home turned into a defacto apiary for Bumble Bees.

Not too bothered obviously and it's great to see lots of birds and bees in the garden atm.
Well, as long as the only hole is thought the outside leaf.
Yes it's just not been filled since they injected the polystyrene type balls for the cavity wall insulation.
I have no worries tbh will cover the hole up in a couple of months when the super pollinators leave.
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If it's a new colony the queen might be there for 3 or 4 years :P
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Call a local beekeeper and they'll take it and setup the colony elsewhere.
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Speaking of bumble bees, I think this article describing research showing that bumble bees can stimulate flowering in plants is cool.
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I remember grandad taking care of a few stray hives on the farm. Sandals, shorts, short sleeve shirt, a netted hood and a smoker only. Pretty masterful.
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Lobby wrote:Image
Now you've gone and done it :lol:
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Gavin Duffy wrote:
Lobby wrote:Image
Now you've gone and done it :lol:
They are harmless cute bumblebees.

:lol:
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You need to ID the type of bee (Bumble Bee, Honey Bee, Solitary Bee etc.) They all behave differently. Some swarm, some don’t. Some will go away in a few weeks. Some won’t. Don’t hurt them :x
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Flyin Ryan wrote:Call a local beekeeper and they'll take it and setup the colony elsewhere.
This. They can cause structural damage

Edit, see that's bee(n) covered much more dramatically
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Yes!

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Invest in a proper hive and see if you can convince them to take up residence. Your own wee honey source could be worth it.
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I don't think you've said the word bumble enough times, c69.

We've got a colony of bees taken up residence in an old birdbox in our plum tree. Not honeybees or bumblebees either, haven't identified yet.
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If they are Bumble Bees as the OP says they do not store honey as such. And afaik, beekeepers will not collect Bumble Bees for you in the same way as they would gladly collect a swarm of Honey Bees.

It’s worth repeating that it’s important to know what type of bees you are dealing with before deciding whether you have a problem. Often it’s males flying about hoping to mate with a queen when she emerges and they will clear off in a few weeks. It’s worth checking if bees are constantly entering and leaving an opening or just flying around.
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This might help:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2 ... in-the-uk/

We've got a mixture of bumblebees, mason bees and leafcutter bees in our garden at the moment, but no honeybees as far as I can see.
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Lobby wrote:This might help:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2 ... in-the-uk/

We've got a mixture of bumblebees, mason bees and leafcutter bees in our garden at the moment, but no honeybees as far as I can see.
:thumbup:

turns out the mining bees in our garden are Ashy Mining bees - thanks for the link :thumbup:
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Had a hive in our roof last year. Thankfully they seemed to have moved off this year. Heaps of them about the place. The real danger is that wasps will try take over the hive.

Builder is currently in the process of replacing the front roof of the house - can't wait until he finds it.
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A load of clover appeared in the garden this summer and with it tonnes of honey bees. The missus already got stung stepping on one (it's hard not to). Great to see though.
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I read the op as bees had taken up home in between Bimbo’s cavity.
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happyhooker wrote:
Flyin Ryan wrote:Call a local beekeeper and they'll take it and setup the colony elsewhere.
This. They can cause structural damage

Edit, see that's bee(n) covered much more dramatically
A beekeeper won't be interested in bumblebees.
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We've had a honeybee hive in the cavity blocks of the garage for 4 yrs. Prob a lot of honey in there at this stage.

They get a bit aggressive at around 6pm in the summer, when they seem to be swarming back to the hive. Been stung a couple of times. Best to keep your distance.
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