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Common insect pests

Solitary/Masonry Bees

Solitary bees are commonly mistaken for wasps or other social bees, such as honey bees and bumble bees, as they are similar in appearance, but do not pose any hazard to humans and promote plant pollination.

Most calls we receive from March to May for wasp or bee problems around buildings relate to solitary bees (commonly referred to as masonry bees or mortar bees).

If you see flying bees from April to mid-June on warm, sunny days, on south facing elevations of your property it is likely to be masonry bees.

Any service requests received for wasps or bees from May will be attended to in the usual manner. If after inspection, however, they are identified as solitary bees no treatment will be undertaken although appropriate advice will be provided. 

We do not offer a refund if no action is taken.


Page last updated:
21 Sep 2020

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