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    Bee's in Chimney

    its been confirmed that he is a probationary member of the BPCA
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    Sweaty Feet -

    Breathable trainers and walking socks with legs tucked in if they are getting fiesty down there or there's a load crawling around, and if its getting dicey some gaffa tape BUT if I know its a mean colony i'm going to be messing with - wellies and gaffa tape Most stings received are on forearms...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Itchy re the BBKA FACEBOOK I don't know much about the circumstances of the pest controller being hammered on the BBKA Facebook page. If you don’t read the full piece you miss a lot The whole article is annoying; so here are some thoughts from a professional swarmcatcher (swarmcatcher.co.uk)...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Well now i know :)
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Itchy is correct. Personally I would not report any of the large pest control businesses as it would do me no favours getting their custom for the future. Similarly i am not keen to report the smaller pest control businesses because I would be concerned about the financial consequences for them...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    No I (swarmcatcher.co.uk) am a member of the BPCA and the WBKA (and therefore the BBKA I would think but don't know?) There are not a lot of small pest control businesses in the BPCA as it costs a lot to be a member, small pest control outfits tend to go with NPTA if they are going to join...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    I'll try and get a couple of pics of todays job up over the next day or two - worked on it from inside roof space - must have lost a few kilos myself it was that hot - no fun whatsoever. Thermal camera showed hive running to just a couple of brick courses above floor, so took out brick to...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    2008 is a longtime ago
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    Something new

    What an amazing find - was that in your area?
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    Councils poor advice

    Sorry Anduril - my comment was more about the elderly gent that could not climb a ladder than it was yourself
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    Councils poor advice

    That was in Aberdare? Why do these beekeepers not clarify the situation before arrival - recognise they are beyond their skill set and leave it to people that can do it. All that happened there was that the bees were left in situ for a longer period so making the problem more difficult and...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Martin i'm truly impressed - you put me to shame, wish it were half as easy for me
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Interesting - had not even considered that the BBKA insurance would cover swarm collection activities. Anybody know at what point a swarm is considered a colony? I have no problem with people going out collecting swarms - i can't image beekeepers not doing so. BUT it may be wise if they...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Swarm in a chimney for less than a day is an easy one to shift, but the longer they are in situ the more stubborn they are. We had a presumed swarm in a cavity above a bay window two stories up, with holes everywhere - a true nightmare to move out, eventually got the queen and unbelievably...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    ABM have you got traction drive on that as well? Pretty niffty bit of kit there for working chimneys and roof lines - gets you most places I'm guessing.
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