3 July 2024

When Bees Become a Pest and How to Protect Them While Keeping Them at Bay

Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem. As pollinators, they are crucial for the growth of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, contributing significantly to biodiversity and food production. However, there are instances when bees can become a nuisance or even a danger, particularly in urban and residential areas. 

In this article, the team at Shield Pest Control explores when bees become a pest and provides guidance on how to protect these important creatures while effectively managing their presence.

Understanding When Bees Become a Pest

While bees are generally beneficial, they can sometimes become problematic. Here are a few scenarios when bees can turn into pests:


Swarming occurs when a bee colony outgrows its hive, and a portion of the bees, along with a new queen, leave to establish a new colony. Swarms can be alarming, especially when they settle in public places, homes, or commercial properties. Although swarming bees are typically non-aggressive as they are not protecting a hive, their presence can still cause concern.

Swarm of bees

Nesting in Inappropriate Locations:

Bees sometimes build nests in places that are inconvenient or hazardous for humans, such as inside wall cavities, attics, chimneys, or garden sheds. These nests can pose a risk of stings, especially if disturbed, and may cause structural damage over time.

Allergies and Health Risks:

For individuals with bee allergies, even a single sting can result in severe reactions, including anaphylaxis, which is potentially life-threatening. In such cases, the presence of bees near homes, schools, or workplaces can be particularly concerning.

Unwanted nest

Protecting Bees While Managing Their Presence

Given the critical role bees play in our ecosystem, it’s essential to handle any bee-related issues with care and consideration. Here are strategies to protect bees while keeping them at bay:


The best way to manage bees is to prevent them from nesting in undesirable locations. Regularly inspect your property for potential nesting sites and seal any openings or cavities that could attract bees. This includes checking roof eaves, wall cavities, chimneys, and garden sheds.

Natural Deterrents:

Utilise natural deterrents to discourage bees from nesting near your home or business. Certain plants, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and citronella, can repel bees. Plant these around your property to create a bee-free zone.


If a bee colony has already established itself in an inconvenient location, consider professional relocation instead of extermination. Contact a local beekeeper or a pest control service that specialises in bee removal. They can safely relocate the colony to a more suitable environment, such as an apiary.

Bee-Proofing Your Property:

Implement bee-proofing measures to make your property less attractive to bees. This can include using fine mesh screens on windows and vents, ensuring outdoor waste bins are securely covered, and keeping sugary foods and drinks sealed when outside.

Educating the Community:

Raise awareness about the importance of bees and how to coexist with them safely. Educate family members, neighbours, and employees about bee behaviour and the steps they can take to avoid attracting bees and minimising risks.


Professional Pest Control Solutions

When dealing with bees, professional pest control services offer safe and effective solutions that prioritise both human safety and bee conservation. At Shield Pest Control, we specialise in humane bee management strategies that protect these vital pollinators while addressing the concerns of our clients.

Assessment and Identification:

Our experts conduct thorough assessments to identify the species of bee and the extent of the infestation. This allows us to determine the most appropriate and environmentally friendly approach to manage the situation.

Non-Toxic Deterrents:

Our team uses non-toxic deterrents to prevent bees from returning to the same location. These deterrents are safe for the environment and ensure that bees are not harmed while being kept at bay.

Ongoing Monitoring:

After addressing the immediate issue, we provide ongoing monitoring services to ensure that bees do not return. This includes regular inspections and maintenance of bee-proofing measures.

Emergency Response:

In cases where bees pose an immediate threat, such as aggressive swarming or nesting in high-traffic areas, we offer emergency response services to quickly and safely manage the situation.



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