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Honey Bee Removal/Relocation

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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. And if it's bumble bees that you need removing, don't worry we also move those too. Click this link to go to the bumble bee page.

 

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.

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The longer the colony has been in situ, the larger 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.

 

We find it important for you, our customer, to understand what the honey bee extraction requires to be successful for you, for us, and of course, the bees.

 

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. Or scroll down to see how and what needs to be done for your particular honey bee scenario. 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!

 

This isn't a job for guessing or over the phone quotes.

 

We will also need to visit the site to carry out a full and thorough survey of the colony and the building, so that we can give you a realistic quotation. This isn't a job for guesswork or over the phone quoting! To organise this, simply call 07393743137

Please scroll down to your particular bee problem to fully understand and comprehend what is required for your honey bee extraction and removal, and how we will do it for you.

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HONEY BEES ARE COMPLICATED, SO WE HAVE SPLIT THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMS INTO TWO GROUPS. ESTABLISHED COLONIES AND SWARM SITUATIONS -

ESTABLISHED COLONIES - 4 COMMON SCENARIOS:

  1. HOW WE REMOVE AN ESTABLISHED HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A CHIMNEY

 

Honey bees absolutely love to set up their home in chimneys. It always makes me smile a little as we all know that bees hate smoke, so why move into the smokiest part of your home?! But they do, and it is the most common honey bee extraction that we do.

If a bee swarm has just arrived, there is a chance that they may move on, or we may be able to encourage them to move on. (See 'Swarm in a chimney' in the swarm section below.) If the colony of bees remains in the chimney for more than 36/48 hours it is then an established colony. This means that the only choices you have is to either live with the bees, or, have the bees removed and re-homed.

 

The option of living with the bees does come with some of its own problems though. Firstly, the colony could be blocking the flow of smoke out of your open fire, log burner, gas fire, maybe, blocking a flue causing carbon monoxide build-up which could be lethal to you and your family.

 

Secondly, as the colony grows in size, other pests will come to feed on the bees nest. This could be tiny parasitic wasps, little beetles that feed on the waste from the bees, and even, moths that feed on the bees wax used to make the honeycomb. All these pest can find their way into bedrooms and sometimes out of the fireplace on the ground floor.

 

In a good year bees bee will swarm multiple times.

 

Thirdly, as the colony grows it will produce swarms. It will produce at least one swarm a year, in a good year it will swarm multiple times. These swarms of 10-40 thousand bees will be looking for a new home. It is not uncommon for the bee swarm to leave one of your chimneys and to shoot down another one of your chimneys or one of your neighbours chimneys! Just to add insult to injury, the swarming doesn’t mean the original colony has left, it's still there, the swarm was just how the honey bees multiply in numbers.

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS SHOWING THE WORK THAT GOES INTO REMOVING AN ESTABLISHED BEE COLONY FROM A CHIMNEY - 

   2. HOW WE REMOVE AN ESTABLISHED HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A ROOF OR FACIA

 

If the colony is still in residence after 48 hours then they are there for good.

 

This is another common place for a swarm of honey bees to set up their new hive. We have no way of moving the colony using our special 'bee moving chemicals' in this scenario.  We will always advise you to leave the colony for at least 36/48 hours, as there is always a slim chance that the Queen bee might just decide she doesn’t like your house, and the entire swarm might just up and leave (quite an impressive sight when 10-40 thousand bees all decide to move home).

If the colony is still in residence after 48 hours, then they are there for good. After 48 hours the bees will of already started building honey comb for food stores and brood comb for raising the next generation of worker honey bees. Once this happens the colony is then classed as an established colony.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEAL THE ENTRY POINTS!!! This can cause massive problems for you, as the bees will probably find another way out, probably a bedroom in the middle of the night, or sometimes from pipe holes in your bathroom or kitchen! It will also make the extraction of honey bees a lot more difficult for us!

 

HERE IS A VIDEO SHOWING THE WORK THAT GOES INTO REMOVING AN ESTABLISHED BEE COLONY FROM A ROOF/FACIA - 

   3. HOW WE REMOVE A HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A WALL

 

Again, another common occurrence is for a honey bee swarm to set up home inside a wall. They usually use an old pipe hole or similar, or sometimes they will appear to be going in where the roof meets the wall. These 'chinks in the armour' of your home will of allowed the bee swarm access to the cavity inside the cavity wall.

In this scenario we cannot move the bees with our 'bee moving chemicals'. There is a slim chance that the colony may leave on its own.  After 48 hours the bees will of already started building honey comb for food stores and brood comb for raising the next generation of worker honey bees. Once this happens the colony is then classed as an established colony.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEAL THE ENTRY POINTS!!! This can cause massive problems for you, as the bees will probably find another way out, probably a bedroom in the middle of the night, or sometimes from pipe holes in your bathroom or kitchen! It will also make the extraction of honey bees a lot more difficult for us!

 

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS SHOWING THE WORK INVOLVED IN REMOVING A HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A WALL -

   4. HOW WE REMOVE A HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A FLAT ROOF

 

Another favourite place for a swarm of bees to infest. Usually the bees will have found access into the void inside the flat roof where the roof meets the walls.  We have no way of moving the colony using our special 'bee moving chemicals' in this scenario.  We will always advise you to leave the colony for at least 36/48 hours, as there is always a slim chance that the Queen bee may just decide she doesn’t like your flat roof and move on to pastures new.

After 48 hours the bees will of started building honey comb for food stores and brood comb for raising the next generation of worker honey bees. Once this happens the colony is then classed as an established colony.

Usually we will remove bees, from a flat roof from inside the building, but sometimes the survey we carry out will show us that we will be required to go in from above, removing the felt and ceiling boards, to be able to safely remove the colony of honey bees.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SEAL THE ENTRY POINTS!!! This can cause massive problems for you, as the bees will probably find another way out, probably a bedroom in the middle of the night, or sometimes from pipe holes in your bathroom or kitchen! It will also make the extraction of honey bees a lot more difficult for us!

 

HERE ARE TWO VIDEOS SHOWING THE WORK INVOLVED IN REMOVING A HONEY BEE COLONY FROM A FLAT ROOF -

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WHAT TO DO IF A SWARM HAS JUST ARRIVED. HOW WE DEAL WITH THE 3 MOST COMMON SWARMING HONEY BEE SCENARIOS -

SWARMING BEES - 3 COMMON SCENARIOS

 

 1. HOW WE REMOVE 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!!

HERE IS A VIDEO SHOWING THE COLLECTION OF A SMALL HONEY BEE SWARM - 

   2. WHAT WE DO IF A SWARM IS 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 36-48 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 Chemicals.

 

We have heard of all sorts of old wives tales, supposedly capable of moving a honey bee swarm... none of these, in our experience, actually work.

 

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 Chemicals.

 

If the bees stay for more than 36-48 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 07393743137 now.

 

   3. SWARM IN YOUR WALLS/ROOF

 

Our Secret Bee Moving Chemical is of no use in this situation. You need to give the colony 36-48 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 07393743137