in June we started having honey bees in our Chimney, and house! I managed to lure them away with a bait hive!I have had two phones calls asking me to remove bees from chimney's, I have never done this and refused. There is no way I was climbing up onto the roof. Has anyone driven the bees out of a chimney using smoke (smoke bomb type pellets)? Or any other advice would be gratefully received.
Don't know if the smoke bombs in question are the same but gasfitters use pellets which produce large volumes of non toxic smoke when ignited.Two years ago I was advised that a swarm was successfully evicted from a chimney by the use of two smokebombs. My understanding is that the smokebomb was used on the first day the swarm was noticed in the chimney so they would have built little or no comb. The swarm relocated about 300m away and were later gathered up by one of the local bee keepers.
To a back garden or to a local farm preferablyWhere do you relocate them to?
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.Two years ago I was advised that a swarm was successfully evicted from a chimney by the use of two smokebombs. My understanding is that the smokebomb was used on the first day the swarm was noticed in the chimney so they would have built little or no comb. The swarm relocated about 300m away and were later gathered up by one of the local bee keepers.
Sorry but your wrong somke them out or cut them out destroy is a last resortVery sensible nanmotel. The BBKA does not insure us for removing bees from a property. You need a pest controller to destroy I am afraid.
If the want them removed but no killed they will have to get scaffolding erected and you would probably have to remove pots and bricks. Been there, done that, no tee-shirt and not successful!!!!
You now know one more in bedfordResigning colonies to the pest controllers is probably not the right move. Some pest controllers now remove colonies alive and re hive them.
Ones I know of are in
Cardiff and surrounds
Mansfield and surrounds
Surrey/Hants/West Sussex (me)
Just because a colony is in a chimney doesn't mean destruction is a given. Actually, destruction is the more expensive option if carried out legally.
Call a trap outI saw a video the other day (can't seem to find the link anymore) about how they used -basically- upturned funnels (made out of very fine meshed wire fence material), put on every entrance/exit point so that the bees can go out, but cannot easily go in anymore. A baithive was placed in the near vicinity, to try to convince them to move into there. This might take as long as a couple of days, up to a couple of months, and does not always work.
I feel the sameNantmoel 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 for some time now and are fully insured to do so,
Not saying I know it all but I have a pretty good idea, just as both Itchy and ABM do - just wish I could get scaffolding at the same price as ABM, and as cooperative a chimney sweep as Itchy.
Each of us are beekeepers as well as professional pest controllers and charge for our service,
Personally I don't go out to offer a professional assessment without being paid to do so be it for bumble bees, honey bees, wasps, rats, squirrels or otherwise, otherwise I would end up running around handing out advice all summer and have no time to earn an income. Usually we offset the charge against work we have been authorised to carry out.
Currently researching about swarm eviction of new swarms (less than a week) in cavities, if anyone can offer thoughts on trapout methods and possibility of catching complete swarms I would be very interested
Think someone has knocked trapouts on here? They should not - they aren't straightforward by any means but carried out correctly they are a great solution to an otherwise very difficult problem
Yes we as beekeeper need to do awer best by rescuing them not killing them went and had a look at a job today wer a controller had sprayed and killed a colonie and two more swarms have moved in now I have to clean up after themYes I am, 45 hives and rising, mostly rescue jobs.
I was of course referring to established colonies.