Honey Bee (Apismellifera)
The Honey bee differs in appearance from Wasps, being dark brown/pale orange banded in colour and noticeably hairy. The Honey bee is now cosmopolitan, having been spread throughout the world due to its value as a source of honey, a unique substance only obtainable from this source. Honey bees exist in the wild but many colonies are “owned” by keepers who provide shelter, some protection and assist in the control of pests and diseases. In return keepers remove a proportion of the honey and replace it with sugars in solution (syrup).
Honey Bee Removal
Honey bees are not protected as a species but neither owned or wild bees should be killed or harmed without justifiable reason or through the use of unapproved pesticides. In the public health field, insecticides such as bendiocarb may be used to kill wild bees where there is a justifiable reason but only as a last resort.