Are bees protected?

Bees are Endangered

It is a common misconception that bees are protected. They are in fact endangered. 

It is however important to take care in the removal of bees as the honeycomb is a human food source and any contamination by pesticides or insecticides can have severe consequences.

Bees are needed to pollinate crops that feed the world’s growing population.

The U.N. has reported that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, more than 70 per cent are pollinated by bees.

It takes 500 trips to a flower to create 1 teaspoon of honey, therefore if bees can steal it from another honeycomb they will. If a colony is treated with an insecticide all the bees will die and the honeycomb becomes contaminated. This then becomes a seriously damaging situation when other bees steal the honey and fly it back to their colony, the bees will die when they eat it.

If the bees robbing the honey are from beekeepers hives, the insecticide can be transferred into honey intended for human consumption.

UK Honeybees are being illegally treated!

Bees from other hives sometimes steal the honey and if the bees robbing the honey are from beekeepers hives, the insecticide can be transferred into honey intended for human consumption. As a result the incorrect removal or illegal treatment of a honeycomb could result in a fine of up to £25,000

Related Legislation

  • Food and Environment Protection Act 1985
  • Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 and 1987 as amended
  • Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended
  • Biocidal Product Regulations 2001 as amended

Non-Lethal Bee Removal

Moving swarms on bushes and trees is a pretty common activity during swarming season in summer months for beekeepers both experienced and inexperienced, and for enthusiasts like us. When the swarm colonises a cavity in a structure and they need to be removed for safety. For nuisance, structural damage or work prevention reasons, removal of these highly beneficial insects is not an easy job – even for experienced beekeepers, let alone the inexperienced and uninsured to attempt.

It’s not just the honeybees that can be a great risk when removing them – it’s also the building fabric that can be dangerous. For example, asbestos, wiring cables, not to mention working at heights are some of the obvious risks involved with this.

Here at Beegone® we carry out a full site survey and risk assessment before anything is done. We then document everything and then send you a proposal for work to be done. Once we have removed the honeybees we then proof the structure to prevent other honeybees getting back in. Guaranteed.

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