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Beehive under my neighbours stairs - how to get rid of?
We have recently discovered the most humongous bees nesting under my neighbour's stairs. They enter through cracks in the stairs and I suspect have built a hive underneath my neighbour's house which we cannot get to�..My neighbour Jim is 85, I wouldn't want anyone to be stung by these bees - What can we do?
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Personally, I'd leave well alone unless they are constantly getting into the house itself. Bees are a lot less likely to sting than wasps are and are not attracted to humans or their food. Bees are highly important as pollinators and without them, the majority of plants will not set fruit or produce seeds.
Last year, my son and daughter-in-law had exactly the same thing where bees nested under (within) the steps to their back door. The only danger was to their dog which insisted upon sitting beside the steps and snapping at the bees as they came and went. It continued with this behaviour even after getting stung. None of the family, children or their friends were bothered by the bees.
We have had bumble bees nesting under our house for the last two years. Never been stung - they don't seem bothered by people at all. Even when we were gardening around the entrance to their nest, they just flew around us to and from the nest as if we weren't there. I understand your concerns about the communal garden. But this seems more of a problem with peoples perceptions rather than any real danger. Would agree with Gen2. Try to identify what type of bee you have and if they are bumble bees, try persuading people to watch them and enjoy having them around rather than being scared!