Bees and Wasps Information
This information has been kindly supplied by Worcestershire
Beekeepers Association and Igrox Ltd
Wasps and bees often forage for food on garden plants.
Usually small and hairy with brown or black stripes.
The Honey Bee is well known as being a beneficial insect
responsible for the pollination of flowers and crops and for the
production of honey and beeswax. Recent years have seen a
reduction in the number of bees and while they are not protected as
a species, neither owned or wild bees should be killed without
Occasionally colonies swarm. Swarms appear as a large cloud
of bees which can number as many as 10,000 individuals.
Swarms often settle on trees or shrubs where they can cause
concern to local residents. In the early stage, swarming bees
are unlikely to sting and the cluster is likely to move on to find
a suitable location to form a colony. If the swarm is still
present after 24 hours you should contact a beekeeper.
However, if a colony is established in a building then stinging may
become a serious issue and a minority of people may be
hyper-allergic to the venom, causing very serious consequences if
it leads to anaphylactic shock.
These are the harmless, fat, velvety, rounded, striped bees that
usually set up home in compost heaps, bird boxes and sometimes
These are always found in ones or twos going into small holes in
the masonry joints of walls.
Usually yellow and black striped with a shiny body, they often
build their nests in hedges, sheds and roofs. Find
out more about wasps
Live and let live!
All of the above are beneficial to the garden and the
environment and should be left alone whenever possible.
Worcestershire Beekeepers Association will not deal with the above
insects - if you must have them removed you will have to employ a
pest control contractor.
All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now
dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
For direct public enquiries and referrals:
General Customer Enquiries
Worcestershire Hub on: 01905-822799
(Mon—Fri 8am—8pm, Sat 9am—5pm)
For Business advice or support call: 0845-3303313
Licensing Surgeries at Wychavon District Council
These are walk in sessions – where appointments are
Monday Afternoons 13:30 to 15:00 Hrs
Thursday Mornings 9:30 to 11:00 Hrs