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Honey Bee Removal/Relocation

What can and can't be done.

WE ALWAYS SAVE BEES. Saving, relocating, conserving, re-homing, or indeed living with 10's of thousands of honey bees is nearly always your ONLY LEGAL WAY FORWARD. Every honey bee removal we do is different, every bee removal comes with it's own set of challenges, every honey bee extraction is a painstakingly slow, methodical, dangerous, and challenging job. But it's a job we love to do and excel at.


Euthanising a bee colony can only legally be carried out if NO other option is available. There is ALWAYS another option. Euthanising, destroying, killing, slaughtering, eliminating or murdering 10's of thousands of innocent honey bees is pretty much ALWAYS ILLEGAL. So please don't ask us to break the law, or indeed, help you to break the law. We simply won't do it, so don't ask!

If you would like to know more about the legalities and the protected status , and why killing bees is illegal and futile (as it won't solve your honey bee problem in the long term) then read blog 1.

Honey bees are complicated.
Here are 4 of the most common scenarios.

1. Established honey bee colonies.

The longer the colony has been in situ, the bigger the job can become. But don't worry, we have moved colonies that have been inside buildings for decades. Killing the bees is not an option, so please don't ask, and in the long term, exterminating bees won't work. Read blog 2 to find out why. Every honey bee extraction is different to the next, whether it's honey bees in chimneys, bee colonies in cavity walls, or honey bees living in your roof, we can remove the bee colony, alive, and re-home them. If you are serious about saving your bees we strongly suggest that you take a look at the work involved on our YouTube channel. We find it important for you, our customer, to understand what the honey bee colony extraction requires to be successful, for you, for us, and of course, the bees! We will also need to visit the site to give you a quote. To organise this, simply call 07852134442. Here is one of our YouTube videos from our dedicated playlist of bee removal videos.


2. Outside Swarms

If a swarm of honey bees turns up in your garden, DON'T PANIC! Although it looks and sounds terrifying, when honey bees swarm they are actually in a state where they are very unlikely to sting anyone. This is because they have no young or honey to protect. If the swarm forms a large clump of bees in a tree, bush, or on a wall, please don't spray them or do anything to harm them. Call us and we will come and collect the honey bee swarm for FREE!! YES FREE!!!

3. Swarm in your chimney

There is a slim chance that the queen (she's at the centre of the swarm) may decide that she doesn't like your chimney, and the whole swarm (10-50,000 bees) will just shoot up, out of your chimney and go elsewhere. If this doesn't happen within 24-36 hours, the bee colony will probably stay there for many, many years. Bear in mind that if the queen has decided she likes your chimney, and is going to stay, she will tell the workers to start building comb. Once they start to build and store honey, there isn't anything that will move them on, not even our Secret Bee Moving Chemical.

Over the years we have heard of all sorts of old wives tales, supposedly capable of moving a honey bee swarm from a chimney, including lighting a fire, or lighting a fire and putting wet leaves on to produce lots of smoke, and many more. None of these old wives tales, in our experience, actually work. The Pest Interceptors have developed a special chemical that sometimes moves the swarm on. It is quite time consuming, may involve drilling into chimney breasts or walls, and is a bit 'hit and miss.' But if the colony stays, the price of trying this option/service will pale into insignificance to the cost of removing the colony once it is established. If you want us to try to move the colony, then sooner is better than later. Every hour that passes makes it less likely that they can be encouraged to move on, using our Secret Bee Moving Chemical.

If the bees stay for more than 36 hours, then you have two choices - Live with them (The colony will be in situ for many years, if not forever. It will send out new swarms once established, at least one swarm, sometimes numerous swarms each year, which will be looking for another suitable place to set up home, sometimes even down another one of yours or your neighbours chimneys. A colony of honey bees in a chimney won't usually cause any structural damage (other than block the chimney obviously), but debris from the colony will fall down the chimney and collect at the bottom, this can in turn attract pests such as ants, wax moths, beetles, parasitic wasps, mice, rats etc) Your other choice is that we remove the bees and re-home them. If you decide you want a quote for this call 07852134442 now.

4. Swarm in a part of your building/roof

Our Secret Bee Moving Chemical is of no use in this situation. You need to give the colony 36 hours to see if they move on of their own accord. If this doesn't happen, then it will be a big job to remove the bees. Please don't be tempted to seal the entrance holes they are using, this will not solve the problem, and days later they will start to appear in other parts of your home. You could decide to live with them, but as I've discussed in the section above (Swarm in your chimney) there are various potential problems that occur, as well as the added potential issues of your ceiling plaster collapsing under the weight of the honey, and also honey seeping down walls and through ceilings. To discuss further, call us now on 07852134442.