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Wasps & Bees

Before contacting the Council for wasps, read the information below to make sure they are not bees. The Council will not treat bees and there will be a call out charge if an officer attends and identifies bees instead of wasps.

If you are not sure, visit the The British Beekeepers Association website for further advice.


  • The council will treat wasps where a payment is taken at the time of booking
  • The council will only treat wasps' nests from the end of June. Wasp sightings may be seen earlier but the council will not treat the nests because a cold snap before this time will kill the wasps and the wasps are too small to treat
  • Have distinct yellow/black bands around their abdomen
  • When nesting in brickwork, will use one single hole/air brick to go in and out of


  • The council does not treat bees
  • Honey bees or solitary bees (mortar & mining bees) are sighted in April/ May
  • Bees have non-descript light browny-yellow colour around their abdomen
  • Will nest in roof spaces, swarm in a small group and look like bumble bees
  • Can nest in brickwork & go in and out of several holes spread over 30cm area
  • Mortar bees will only be active on sunny days
  • Honey bees are protected and will sting only if provoked
  • If a swarm is outdoors and accessible, a registered bee keeper can remove them. (see local phone directory)

For advice on swarms, contact the Hertfordshire Beekeeper's Association