The Council are unable to deal with Bees as they are a protected species

  • They are beneficial insects that pollinate most of our food crops and all fruits. They are, therefore, a protected species and the Council may not destroy them.
  • Bees do not sting except under extreme provocation. There are many types of bees which have temporary nests in gardens. These are quite harmless.

Honey Bees

  • Can cause alarm when they swarm, thousands of them can collect in a large cluster usually on a branch of a tree or on a fence.
  • A swarm can be removed by a member of the Beekeepers Association.
  • Telephone the Helpline at the Council for names and telephone numbers of Beekeepers.
  • Out of pocket expenses may be asked for by the Beekeeper. He has no obligation to remove the bees and receives no remuneration from the Council for this service.
  • The alternative is a contractor who will charge a commercial fee.

Miner Bees (Masonry Bees)

  • Non swarming type of bee.
  • Bores boles in lawns, flowerbeds or any soft suitable material in order to lay their eggs.
  • Also bore into the perished or soft mortar of brickwork or stonework where the joints are sufficiently soft. (Sound, hard mortar is unaffected)
  • Walls affected tend to be south facing, as they receive more hours of sunlight which enhances germination of any eggs which are laid.
  • After laying the eggs the hole is left until the larvae hatch the following spring.


  • Rake out the mortar joint in the affected area of the property and repoint with hard mortar of a cement and sand (not lime) mix.
  • Proprietary insecticides may be used but success is limited and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Also recommended that the whole of the property be surveyed for further penetration and further treatment carried out if necessary.

The only sure remedy is to have the mortar joints raked out and repointed as this
will prevent either the larvae boring out or the adults boring in.

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