The Honey Bee is often mistaken for the wasp because they are a similar size but the main difference is the colour and the hairs the honey bee has on its back and head.
Honey Bees have a dark brown and black stripe arrangement on their backs unlike the wasp which has vibrant yellow and black markings.
Swarms are common between March and July.
A Honey Bee swarm emerges when they are looking for a new nesting site. They normally take a rest and land on trees and bushes whilst a suitable nesting site is found.
At the centre of the swarm is the queen that is protected by the swarm during this process.
Coming across a honey bee swarm can be frightening but this is when they are at their most docile but please do not approach the swarm.
Swarms will normally move on within 24 hours unless a suitable nesting site has been found while they are resting.
If you come across a swarm then the best thing to do is to call a local beekeeper or swarm collector who will often collect them for free or a small charge to cover their costs.
The beekeeper will shake the swarm into a box hopefully getting the queen inside so all the other bees will follow allowing the honey bees to be removed safely.
Contrary to popular belief it is legal for pest control companies to treat bees but it is our policy that we try at all times to avoid destroying them.
The only time we will treat them is if they are a danger to the public and we have no alternative but to destroy them.
Honey bees pollinate flowers and crops playing a massive part in our eco system so we should always try our best to protect them whenever possible.