Bee afraid! Imagine coming home to this
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
A DOWNEND woman has told how she could not get in to her house because of a swarm of bees.
Catherine Young is sharing her experience so that others will know what to do if they face the same situation.
Catherine was at work when she was alerted by a neighbour about the invasion at her home.
She called South Gloucestershire environmental protection department, who sent a team of pest control officers to the rescue.
They explained that at this time of year, bees start swarming, especially during periods of warmer weather.
The team worked with a local bee keeper, firstly to identify, and then remove the thousands of honey bees, which are now settling in to a new hive in Cromhall.
Catherine, who works in the council’s private sector housing team, said: “I wouldn’t have known what to do or who to call if I didn’t work for the council. The pest control team provided a great service, responded really quickly and were very friendly and helpful.”
Environmental health manager Gerard Madden said: “We’ve received several calls in the last few weeks as bees are swarming at the moment. Bee keepers are only interested in taking away honey bees, so residents often require a professional to help them confirm the specific type of bee.
“As well as dealing with bees, wasps are starting to cause problems for local people at this time of year and we are seeing requests for treating them go up year on year, from 350 requests in 2013 to 560 in 2015."
South Gloucestershire pest control officers can also advise and carry out treatments on rats, mice, squirrels, wasps, fleas, bedbugs, and other insects such as flies, ants, cockroaches, moths and carpet beetles.
Contact them via www.southglos.gov.uk/pestcontrol or telephone 01454 868001.