Celebrating World Bee Day

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The British Pest Control Association has put together a list of ways professional pest controllers can help bees on World Bee Day.

The association has created some resources and even a Special Interest Group (SIG), designed to support a thriving bee population in the UK.

Special interest groups are informal meeting about specific pest management themes that report directly to the BPCA Servicing Committee.

BeeWise is a special interest group of volunteers looking to improve, on behalf of the industry and wider community, the knowledge, treatment and conservation of bee species in the UK, but most particularly Bumble and Honey Bees.

Natalie Bungay, BPCA’s technical and compliance manager, said: “Sometimes it can be difficult to explain to potential customers why the bees they want us to control shouldn’t be destroyed.

“Beewise created a brilliant handout that BPCA members can give to clients, to explain why we won’t destroy a bee colony in their homes or businesses.”

Copies of the handout can be found in the BPCA PrintShop, available as either a free download or you can order professionally printed leaflets.

Know your local beekeepers
Ms Bungay said: “If you’re called out to a swarm of honey bees, the advice is to enlist the help of a beekeeper and safely move the bees to a new location.

“You should try to build up relationships with beekeepers in your local area and the areas you carry out pest control.”

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