Bees, wasps and pests – what are my responsibilities?

Bees, wasps and pests – what are my responsibilities?

The summer can be a fantastic time for you and your family, and you need to be aware of what to do if you encounter bees and wasps.

If you have a nest of bees or wasps in or on a PCH property, shed or garage please contact us to arrange treatment on 0808 230 6500. If you have a nest in the garden or surrounding area then these will be your responsibility.

Spotting the differences:

Bumblebee are large, round and furry. Do not disturb the nest – bumblebees rarely attacks humans or animals and will die out at the end of the summer.

Solitary Bee are small, reddish brown or black in colour. Do not disturb the nest – solitary bees rarely sting or attack humans or animals and will decrease in numbers over the summer months.

Honey Bee are small, golden brown or black, and look similar to a wasp. Do not disturb the nest, they are fairly docile. If you see a swarm then contact us or a pest control company immediately.

Wasp – are bright yellow and black with a smooth body. Do not disturb the nest as they may attack humans or animals. If you see a swarm then contact us or a pest control company immediately.

Hornet – black, brown and yellow and larger than a wasp. If you see a swarm then contact us or a pest control company for advice.

For other pest problems we suggest the use of a reputable pest control company who might offer an Out of Hours service.

Who is responsible for treating other pests and insects?

Ants – resident own responsibility

Bedbugs – resident own responsibility

Cockroaches – resident own responsibility

Fleas – resident own responsibility

Mice – residents own responsibility, but we will repair damage caused to your home as a result.

Rats – Plymouth City Council Pest Control Officer – Please call 01752 666666

Squirrels – PCH (if inside your home)

Woodworm or wood infestation – PCH

Advice on pest and rodent control:

Plymouth City Council Pest Control deal with and treat all types of infestations and offer free advice. A qualified Pest Control Officer will identify the sample pest and will offer advice on treatment or any precautions needed. A full range of pest control services is offered by Plymouth City Council to domestic households; however a charge is made for these services. Full details can be found on PCC’s website.

For a full range of advice on pest control then you can visit the British Pest Control Association.

For any additional advice, please email us or call us on 0808 230 6500 or 01752 237990.

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