Summer is here, and that means flowers are blooming. Bees start to become a common sight in our gardens, and birds begin to fly the nest. All of this activity is a joy to behold and means that the long, warm evenings are ours to enjoy.
There are a couple of downsides to this flourishing of nature, though. One is the fact that insects thrive, and nests can become an issue. The other is the mess left behind when the last chick has long flown away.
Bees and Wasps
If you have a bee nest in or near the home, it’s important to call a local apiarist for advice. These creatures may set up a nest in the eaves of a building, causing distress to the occupants.
Honey bees are an endangered species, and many beekeepers will happily come and collect the bees for nothing. Don’t destroy a honey bee nest unless you have absolutely no other option.
Bumblebees and wasps can be dealt with simply and quickly by using specialist products, and the best way to approach is from the roof.
Remember that bees are likely to leave you alone, unless you go prodding around in their territory. If you do notice a swarm, consult the British Beekeeper’s Association for advice. Wasp’s nests should be removed by a professional, since wasps are much more likely to be aggressive.
Insects in the Roof
In summer, insects can cause problems by invading your home through the fabric of the building, or entering through the doors and windows. The latter can be easily dealt with using an insect screen. But what if the insects are burrowing elsewhere?
Insects in the roof could be a handy sign that your roofline needs attention. There might be wear or breakage to the fascia or soffit. There may be missing tiles, problems with ridge tiles on the roof, or broken window panes high up that you haven’t noticed.
If you suspect insect infestation, get into your loft space and look for signs of hives or nests. It’s important to get insect problems checked out quickly before the problem gets worse, since prolonged infestation can cause problems with the timber.
Nests in the gutters can be a real problem as far as drainage is concerned, and a bird’s nest that’s left after summer can quickly rot and cause blockages in pipes. This is a recipe for disaster, particularly when winter weather causes the water in the guttering to freeze.
In general, homeowners are not permitted to touch or remove bird’s nests, or disturb them in any way. You must employ a specialised contractor.
Next year, prevent birds from nesting in the roof by having the roofline inspected for gaps. By law, this must be done in winter so that no existing bird’s nest is disturbed. This is also a good way to ensure the roofline is watertight.
The team at South Thames can work on your roofline after conducting a short survey. There’s no need to leave us a key, since we work externally all the time. We work responsibly and carefully, ensuring your family is kept safe and mess is kept to a minimum. For information about insect and bird problems with your roof, give us a call today.