This is a typical reaction to flying insects this time of year and wrongly thought to be wasps but are in fact honey bees.
We are often asked to attend premises where “wasps” have been sighted and upon our visit it is clear they are bees. We try to explain to clients that bees are a beneficial insect and they should not be concerned with there presence.
We are able to collect bee swarms but they will tend to move on there own so normally we would advise you leave them.
We also work with local bee keepers who are normally happy to help collect bee swarms. Please note that bee keepers will not collect bumble bees and would suggest you leave these to continue pollination.
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Huge swarm of insects invades street – but were they ‘terrifying wasps’ as neighbours assumed?
Residents said that it was ‘like something out of a film’
Despite the warm weather, residents of one street had to lock their doors and windows over the weekend as they were visited by a huge swarm of buzzing insects.
The ‘terrifying wasps’, said to be in their tens of thousands, buzzed their way along Fitzherbert Road in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday at 11:35am, StokeonTrentLive reports.
Dozens of readers got in touch about a large number of insects around the North Staffordshire region, including in and around Junction Road in Leek.
Callum Lane and his partner Bethany Bourne, both aged 20, filmed this short clip of the swarm – measuring around four metres by 15 metres – after noticing a loud humming noise like a strimmer.
However, pest control experts believe the public are wrongly identifying the insects as wasps due their striped abdomens but they are, in fact, far more likely to be honey bees.
Callum, of Fitzherbert Road, said: “I have never seen so many in one place before. It was something else, there were that many.
“At the time my partner, Bethany, was on the front door step and we heard what sounded like a strimmer and I asked her what the noise was.
“We closed all the doors and windows. They hung around for five or 10 minutes before wandering down the street.
“The swarm was the width of the road and around 15 metres long. We thought it was best to stay away. Even the postman turned around and wouldn’t come down.
“I was a bit fearful but intrigued at the same time. I wasn’t going outside when they were right there. It was like something out of a film.
“I don’t know where they had come from. We didn’t know whether we should report them or not but we did see pest control come.
“It could be connected to the weather we’ve been having but I had never seen anything like it. You expect this more in really hot places, not the UK at Easter. It’s very had to say but there seemed to be tens of thousands of them.”