I have a recently built extension and have seen bees getting between the
sarking membrane and the Marley concrete roof tiles. I am concerned they
may find their way through an overlap and get into the void.
The main house has a black plastic comb like strip to prevent insect
I am wondering if I should try sliding the bottom row of tiles up and
fitting some. Should the tiles normally just slide up? What is the strip
called? Any alternatives without disturbing the tiles - or are they easy to
move without damage?
Masonry bees which do the damage are solitary insects, and so
presumably these are honey bees. Which do no structural damage to
Clearly they've already got in somewhere, and even if you
succeed in evicting or destroying this lot, unless you're
a lot more patient and relentless than your average insect
in closing up any gaps, its possible something else more
a bit more harmful may move in.
In any case honey bees are beneficial insects which pollinate
many food crops, fruit etc. And in the opinion of many people
at least, they're under enough pressure as it is.
according to the link,
2. When did they move in?
Honey bees reproduce by swarming where part of the old colony
leaves to seek a new homesite. Swarming occurs mostly during the
months of April and May.
If you notice bees in your house at another time of year, especially
summer, chances are great that they have been there since spring
and you have just now noticed them.
Now while its a US based website I'd imagine the months and the seasons
are roughly equivalent. And that basically they wouldn't be looking for
a nest site this late in the year. Unless their existing nest had
been destroyed anyway.
It's also pointed out (3) that if their existing exits are blocked
they may start looking for an exit that leads down into the
house. Maybe the sort of gap that only an insect would
even think of looking for
How do you know they're bees and not wasps? If they are bees, it could
be a swarm recently arrived and setting up a new colony. They won't
actually do any harm, but many people are nervous of them and imagine
they naturally aggressive and go around stinging people just for the
hell of it. If they're wasps, they'll be gone by late October.
Contact your local beekeeping organisation for advice. Find it here
We've got a couple of Bee's nests here at the moment, one honey and one
bumblebee and they keep themselves to themselves and so do we and no
problems at all.
There're out there pollinating which we really need now;)..
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 4:28:09 PM UTC+1, DerbyBorn wrote:
You should be able to push the second row of tiles up as the first row shou
ld be nailed. The item you refer to is called a "comb filler" it's nailed t
o the top edge of the fascia on top of the underlay felt with the combs out
wards. When the first row of tiles are relayed the comb are pushed outwards
not inwards. Position the tile on top of the comb and slide the tile downw
ards as to push the comb outward.
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