Honey Bees

Preventative Treatment




(possible nest sites)

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Conditions of Service by Stirling Council

  • where access is restricted due to height or location then treatment may not be possible
  • established colonies may be difficult to eradicate
  • the remains of the nest will not usually be removed after treatment
  • remedial action by a builder may be recommended to prevent possible future re-colonisation
  • in the absence of a colony or a swarm, no action will be taken where Honey Bees are simply being attracted to particular plants in the garden e.g. Cotoneaster


If the location of the infestation is outside of the house please make the area identifiable ie mark with chalk or other and only do so if it is safe (ie please do not climb trees or mark area that is inaccessible ie on a roof etc) 

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Honey Bees - protected

They are so vital to our biodiversity and ultimately to our ability to produce food that many believe that they should be offered some form of protection. 

Honey bees swarm – Stirling Council have a list of beekeepers who can remove them it is best to call the contact centre0n 0845 277 7000 if you require further information

Definition of a honey bee by Wikipedia


  • forms nest colonies in chimneys, roofs, wall cavities, trees and bushes
  • each colony has one queen
  • if rival queen hatches, old queen will form swarm in May-June
  • new colony formed where swarm settles
  • workers are very active foraging over a wide area
  • mainly feed on pollen but can be attracted by sweet substances
  • colonies survive for many years
  • NHS Direct information on treating stings


  • Honey Bees can give a painful sting
  • swarms can be dangerous if disturbed
  • they can be a nuisance if close to or within a building
  • they are beneficial to nature by pollinating flowers