When most people think about bees, they automatically cringe at the thought of being stung by one or even worse, experiencing an attack by a swarm of bees. As such it is quite easy to forget how vital these flying insects are in sustaining our way of life. The fact is that around 80% of the fresh produce that we find in our supermarkets including things such as cucumber, onions and beets to name but a few as well as a whole score of fruits and nuts would disappear if bees didn’t pollinate the plants that bear them.
Monteviro-Imvelo offers a service where we use non-lethal methods to remove and relocate bees that has set up house in unwanted areas. This can be difficult at times and there are certain situations where people’s lives are in imminent danger, that warrants destroying a bee nest as well. This however is only done in very specific circumstances and we always first try to remove bees non-lethally.
Important: If a bee nest moves into an area where people are working, it is always best to avoid the nesting area as far as possible. Bees will vigorously defend a nesting site and any tampering around that area will only serve to anger the bees and make them more hostile, therefore give the bees space and phone the professionals.
More than 3400 snake species of have been recorded worldwide, with some 138 of these found in Southern Africa. About a third of these snake species are not found anywhere else in the world.
As many as 35 of the species found in southern Africa are venomous with 8 being highly venomous, including: the puff adder; the Egyptian cobra; the Cape cobra; and the black mamba and green mamba.
There are many harmless species that can be mistaken for a venomous one, and all snakes should be treated with caution. South African law also offers protection in various ways to snakes.
- Indigenous snakes for instance many not be kept without registering them and obtaining a permit from the relevant government department in your area.
- In some provinces, it is also illegal to keep exotic snakes without a permit and no permits are issued for any venomous snakes at all.
Monteviro-Imvelo offers a removal and relocation service of snakes found in/or around private houses or at commercial properties, mining and industries. The snakes are captured using non-lethal methods after which, depending on the type of snake, it will be released in a suitable area or donated to a Zoo or Snake and Reptile Park.
Bats, play an important role in many environments around the world. Some plants depend partly or wholly on bats to pollinate their flowers or spread their seeds, while other bats also help control pests by eating insects. In Europe legislation specifically gives protection to all bats, their roosts and their habitats, with severe penalties for interfering with bats.
In South Africa, only Otomops martiensseni enjoys such specific national legislation under the National Biodiversity Act, but all other bats are protected under more general national legislation such as prohibition of cruelty to animals, and prohibition of use of non-registered poisons.
Provincial laws may also have an impact on the way bats are handled. Please take note:
- IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL BATS (except to euthanize a sick or injured bat by an approved humane method)
- IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE ANY POISON TO KILL BATS
- IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHOOT BATS
Monteviro-Imvelo offers a service where bats are removed and relocated to an area that is safe for them. This includes a clean-up of the area where they roosted.