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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:12 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:14 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:21 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:25 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:38 pm 
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Call a local beekeeper and they'll take it and setup the colony elsewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:47 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:49 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:50 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:04 pm 
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Lobby wrote:
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Now you've gone and done it :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:07 pm 
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Gavin Duffy wrote:
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Now you've gone and done it :lol:

They are harmless cute bumblebees.

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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:27 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:12 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:56 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:07 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:13 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:20 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:24 am 
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This might help:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/05/types-of-bee-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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:30 am 
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Lobby wrote:
This might help:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/05/types-of-bee-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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:34 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:32 pm 
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I read the op as bees had taken up home in between Bimbo’s cavity.


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 Post subject: Re: Bees
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bees
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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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