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I hope someone can help me. I recently dug a new bed in my garden with a row of sandstone block to create two flat beds on two levels. In the last two days a small swarm of about ten to fifteen small honey bees have begun to burrow under the rocks and I do not know what to do about them. Is it safe to leave them to nest? I have a cat and a dog that are both very interested.



personally I'd leave them but the danger is that they might sting the pets. dont know how you get over that.
sorry cant be any more help.

20 Apr, 2011


If it's a full grown nest then a local bee keeper may be able to help.

20 Apr, 2011


I would leave them. Bees are getting scarce and need all the help they can get.

20 Apr, 2011


thanks. I think I will leave them for now and see how the pets get on with them. It's a real privelidge to have such a declining species visit me for the summer. regards.

21 Apr, 2011


I question whether they're honeybees at all - the vast majority of bees aren't, and in fact live in holes in the ground, or in walls. Areas with loose stone paving are just great for them - I once had to clear a huge, very old paved area, and the whole thing was peppered with orange tail bees living in holes all over the place, unfortunately. We turned it into a lawn to make it a usable area (it was a mother and baby refuge) and the bees did not return the following year.

21 Apr, 2011

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