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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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    Bee's in Chimney

    To a back garden or to a local farm preferably Personally I'm not convinced its best practice - there success has got to be at the expense of some other insect - presumably our native bumble bees Should imagine they will be considered an invasive species in less than 10 years time, but I know...
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    Bee's in Chimney

    Nantmoel I'm busy relocating tree bumble bees, carrying out trap outs from voids and cutouts from soffits and chimneys here in South Wales and the Devon and Dorset areas. So if you need someone to refer that kind of work to give us a call - swarmcatcher.co.uk. Should mention we've been doing it...
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    Smoker recommendations

    £50 does not make it a cheap smoker. What is it about it that makes it so much better than a cheap ebay/thornes model??
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    First swarms for ABM Pest Control

    Your making me jealous - good start
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    honey at top ... academic reason why?

    Structurally it would be wise for the bees to keep the weight closets to the point of connection. The wax cappings additionally adds strength to the structure If there is any problem with the stores they will know quickly and where from as honey will roll down the comb to the bees
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