• Fat and furry appearance
  • 24 species of the bumble bee can be found in the UK
  • Different species have tongues of different length so that they can feed on different kinds of flowers
  • Bumble bees live in nests with 50 to 400 bees
  • The mated queen hibernates in a hole in the ground
  • The queen bee lives for a year but the workers for only a few months
  • They live in the wild, including gardens
  • They make a honey-like substance to eat
  • The bumble bee population is declining due to a shortage of flowers and places to nest in the countryside
  • Bumble bees will sting if aggravated and can sting more than once
  • Bumble bees communicate through passing pollen amongst each other


  • Smaller and slim – often mistaken for a wasp
  • One species of honey bee in Europe
  • The honey bee has a short tongue, preferring open flowers
  • The honey bee lives in a much larger hive, with 50,000 to 60,000 other bees
  • The queen and her workers will live in the hive all year round
  • The queen lives for three to four years
  • Most honey bees live with bee keepers
  • Honey bees make a lot of honey which is eaten or sold by bee keepers
  • Honey bees are in decline due to diseases and mites
  • Honey bees are the only species of bees to die after stinging
  • Honey bees dance in order to pass on vital information


Nuisance scale: 2/10 MILD

Tend to make hives away from human activity

Hazard: 10/10 HIGH

Always seek professional pest control advice – NEVER attempt to remove a bees nest.


Bees are vital to the world we live in and Ssfe Pest Control are committed to supporting our bee populations. We will help relocate, re-direct if possible and also give as much support as needed.


  • The bee is not a pest but can make their nests or hives in inconvenient places
  • Pest controllers will re-locate the honey bee
  • The sting from the bumble or the honey bee can cause anaphylaxis, a shock reaction in the body that causes it to shut down
  • Solitary bees live alone but will live close to one another in a village; they do not sting
  • Mason bees like to live in holes and crevices; they are not aggressive
  • Bees are important to maintain biodiversity but are not protected in the UK
  • Most reputable pest control companies will attempt to relocate bees rather than exterminate them