Bees & Wasps Pest Control

Bees and wasps can sometimes evoke fear thanks to their ability to sting. However, they are an essential part of our ecosystem, and only a few varieties are considered pests. Bees are usually golden brown or yellow in colour, with black stripes and legs. They are a major pollinator of plants, with wasps playing a secondary role in plant pollination. Both can sting ferociously. While bees only use their stingers when provoked and as a last resort, some varieties of wasps can be more aggressive.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Bees are an important part of the natural ecosystem. Where possible, Flick’s expert technicians will remove the hive safely from your property and relocate it.

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Never attempt to remove a wasp nest yourself, as they can be dangerous. We will treat the hive in the early evening or morning when the wasps are inactive, with either a dust or liquid pesticide. We’ll then destroy the hive and remove it.

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If you are looking for a long term solution to stop wasps then Flick’s electronic flying insect control units are a premium solution, which will capture the insect before it enters the home.

Common Bees and Wasps Questions

  • 01Where do bees and wasps live?

    Bees thrive in natural or domesticated environments, although they prefer to live in gardens, woodlands or orchards, meadows and other areas where flowering plants are abundant. They build nests inside trees cavities and under edges of objects to hide themselves from predators. They can also live in the wall cavity of homes. Wasps can be found in soil, on the ground, inside fruit (because of their penchant for consuming sweet foods), in their mud or paper nests, and around the home. European wasps are known to establish a nest underground.

  • 02When are bees and wasps most active?

    Bees and wasps are most active during the day. Bees have been observed to sleep in groups during the night. Wasps are active at any time of the day, with some species only active before the sun rises. Wasps are most active during the warmer months of the year, when they can become aggressive and can be found near garbage cans or around food.

  • 03Why are wasps considered pests?

    Not all wasps are pests, but the European wasp is an aggressive species and the number one pest cause of hospitalisations in Australia. Those with allergies to wasps face the biggest risk. Unlike a bee – which can only sting once – the European wasp is able to sting multiple times.

  • 04Do I need professional bee or wasp help?

    An unsought beehive or wasp nest in your garden can prove dangerous, particularly for those with allergies or children. As bees play an active role in our ecosystem, it’s important to try and remove them safely from your property. Flick will do this whenever possible. Our technicians are trained in removing bees in an environmentally friendly way.

  • 05What should I do if I spot a bee or wasp nest?

    If you come across a bee or wasp nest on your property, do not approach it. Both species are more likely to behave aggressively if they are defending their home. The safest way to remove bees is by calling your trusted Flick technician, who will safely remove the nest from your premises.

Common Birds

European Wasp

Appearance

The European Wasp, also known as the English Wasp, has a yellow body with black triangle shaped markings. Worker wasps are 12 – 17mm in size.

Lifestyle

A colony may have up to 25,000 wasps. Over winter, most of the colony dies – only the young queen wasps will emerge in spring to build nests and lay eggs. Workers emerge during summer to take over nest building, which is when homeowners may begin to experience problems with them.

Habits

European Wasps nest in hollow trees and bushes outside, as well as abandoned animal burrows. Near houses or indoors, they build nests in sheltered locations with easy access to the outside, such as in garages or lofts. They prefer to eat insects early in the season and then sweet foods in summer. This is when worker wasps can become pests to humans. Female wasps will sting aggressively and repeatedly.

Honey Bees

Appearance

Honey Bees have a furry abdomen and are yellow with black stripes. Workers are around 12mm in length, while Queen Bees and drones are larger.

Lifestyle

Bees are strictly divided into different categories – worker bees, drones and the queen. Workers are sterile female bees, while drones are produced from unfertilised eggs. Queens are produced when female larva are fed ‘royal jelly’. They live longer than drones and workers and dictate life in the colony, mating with drones.

Habits

Honey Bees build hives in hollow trees or spaces, or in nests hanging from branches. Worker bees clean the hive, guard it and forage for nectar and pollen, plus build the honeycomb cells for the eggs. Colonies may comprise up to 30,000 worker bees, which periodically swarm to new sites. They feed on plant nectar and pollen, and they regurgitate honey and secrete beeswax through special glands.