Do honey bees take over tree bee nests?

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Maizie N
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Do honey bees take over tree bee nests?

We have had a nest of tree bees in our compost heap. We were happy to leave them alone until they died out naturally and enjoyed observing them.

Having been on holiday for 2 weeks we have come home to a completely different type of bee activity. There are piles of dead bees clinging to, and lying around the compost bin but also a lot of activity during the day with bees coming and going into the compost bin. These look like honey bees. Is it possible that feral honey bees have taken over the nest? We are concerned about the level of activity so near the house and wondered what we should do about them.