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Bee Removal

Protecting you and your family from bee stings

Bees are less aggressive than wasps and much less likely to sting, unless in the case of Killer Bees that are easily provoked. Some bees cannot sting, others such as the solitary bee only sting if handled roughly. Honey bees may sting if provoked or they feel you are too close to their hive. If stung, scratch rather than pull the sting out and move away from the bee hive as quickly as possible.

A bee sting can be life threatening to those who are allergic to bee stings and may suffer anaphylactic shock. If you have been stung by a bee, please refer to our guide to treating insect stings.


Identifying Bees

There are many types of bees whose colonies range in size from about 50 up to 50,000, and all of which pollinate flowers and plants. The most commonly seen are honey bees and solitary bees.

Honey Bee

  • Honey Bees: these are the kind kept by Bee Keepers, although they do live in the wild in hollow trees or in chimneys, wall cavities or roof spaces. They are similar in size to wasps but are furrier and mostly black in colour. It is the honey bee that converts nectar into honey and beeswax and is known to swarm. A honey bee swarm will arrive in flight and cluster on a tree branch. The noise can be alarming, but the danger is not great if you keep your distance and contact a local bee keeper or Environmental Health Department for bee removal, as they will be able to arrange for the swarm to be relocated.

Solitary Bee

  • Solitary Bees: many of these look similar to honey bees and often nest near each other in villages but, as the name implies, they live alone. Some tunnel in sandy soil, soft mortar in old houses or use domestic air bricks to nest in. They do not swarm and are not aggressive.

The Africanised Honey, or also known as the "killer bee" is commonly found in Uganda

The Apis mellifera scutellata (Africanised honey bee) is also known as the killer bee, and although the killer bee looks similar to a common honey bee, they are smaller, faster and more aggressive than other honeybee species. This species are hybrids of Brazilian honey bees and African bees. Known for being easily provoked, they attack in swarms to protect their hive and will chase intruders for more than a kilometre. If they are stressed, their entire hive will relocate, and sometimes they will take over other species's hives and killing the existing queen, establishing it with their own queen. The sting of these bees are not any more potent than those of common honey bees. 

Bee removal: How to get rid of bees safely and relocate them

Since bees are highly beneficial to the environment and some species are under threat, bees should not be killed and bee hives should be left undisturbed whenever possible.

If a bee hive represents a high risk (such as a bee hive in the home or a hospital or near those who are allergic to bee stings), request for bee removal (that the bee hive be moved to a safe area). Read more on the danger signs of bees on your premises.

In most cases, removing the bee hive or colony as a very last resort, and only if it is considered a serious threat to people. In the case of honey bees this will only be done after contacting a qualified Bee Keeper.

Rentokil does not offer a nationwide service to remove bees, but your local Yellow Pages will be able to provide you with details of an operator who specialises in bee control.

Should you require any advice regarding other household pests, call us free on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 or email us.

Problems with wasps on you premises? Read more on the dangers wasps can pose.