Live Honey Bee Removal and Relocation Specialists

Specialists in the live removal and relocation of honey bees that beekeepers and ordinary pest controllers can’t!

How can we help you?

Here at SwarmCatcher we specialise in the removal of unwelcome honey bees that have arrived at a property and taken up permanent residence in a place they shouldn’t have.

We presume that you have either identified correctly that they are honey bees, or that a professional pest controller or beekeeper has helped you make this identification.

If you are still unsure then please look at one of our posts on bee identification. If it is a tree bee nest and you are local to one of our bases then we will also be able to assist in the live removal of any Tree Bee nests you may have in the roof space.

Here on our site you will find a lot of information about the options for removing the honey bees enabling you to decide on what best to do. We have split them into three main categories.

We are slowly filling our site with numerous examples of honey bee removals that we have carried out over the past few years along with an abundance of information about these honey bee removals. If you feel that we have missed out on a topic please let us know so that we can provide you some appropriate information.

If you want to deal with people that understand your problem from both your side and the bees side then you are in the right place.

During our process of learning about how to remove honey bees live safely we have met and talked to many interesting specialists from both this country and abroad that we still call upon for some very useful advice.

For example we spent a week on a chimney sweep course so that we better understood what we could and could not do to remove bees from chimneys. There are several out there that don’t seem to have any concept of the dangers that they create when carrying out these honey bee removals from chimneys.

Obviously when accessing the honey bee colonies in the chimney or the roof we need to utilise access equipment. We are fully IPAF trained in the use of Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (cherry pickers and similar to you and me). We are PASMA trained to ensure that we use our mobile scaffolding tower equipment properly when accessing honey bee colonies in soffits and other places.

We fully understand the law and how it affects you. its pretty straightforward really – you can kill honey bees.

BUT and its an enormous but, you need to fully protect the exterminated honey bee colony from being accessed by any other bees. This is not nearly as straightforward as you may think and is nigh on impossible to do without getting up to the entrance points (and there will usually be more than one). If you can access the entrance points you are halfway to removing the exterminated bee colony, and if you can remove an exterminated bee colony then you might just as well remove it alive.

We are uniquely qualified in understanding your problem and being able to advise you on the best solution. We are both beekeepers and pest controllers.

We are fully insured and specialise in the removal of bees from walls, roofs, chimneys and other unusual locations.

To see more about how we go about removing the bees from any of these locations please follow the links below.

Even better give us a call to talk about how we can help you remove the honey bees LIVE.

02922 401649

Have you noticed bee colonies in your area? Call us now!

Honey Bees in Roof

Generally speaking honey bees don’t colonise roof spaces, when they are flying in beneath tiles they more often than not are colonising a cavity wall or an old dismantled chimney stack that is hidden beneath the tiles.

Honey Bees in Chimney

We attend more chimney honey bee removals than we do of any other type of honey bee removal or cutout. When honey bees occupy a chimney space it is usually one of three scenarios or a combination of them.

Honey Bees in Wall

We remove bees from walls and we can do it without taking them down if you can live with the bees for a couple of months more. But for those of you that can’t we can still get the bees out of the wall.

Contact Us Today

We capture bee swarms. We rehome honey bees. Contact us now if you have a swarm or colony near you. Please give us a call at 02922 401649 or use the contact form below.

Our honey bee loving Specialist is waiting for you!


Successful removal of bees nest from roof cavity

After 3 years of having bees buzzing around the roof gable end of our converted barn, and having had our youngest son stung a couple of times, we decided it was time to deal with the problem. Having had some advice but little help from the local council, we were put in contact with Swarmcatcher through somebody local who had used their services before.
During the week after Easter and after having a scaffold frame installed, Ian arrived to do the tricky job of locating the nest under the slate roof tiles and then remove them. With help from Tony, they worked for over a day, carefully removing tiles and then having isolated what turned out to be a larger nest than expected, removed all the bees and comb – and all of this carried out wearing protective clothing and working at a height of about 30 ft.
We had nothing but praise for the work they carried out. Ian was incredibly knowledgeable about bees in general (bee management has been in the family for generations) and was happy to answer all our questions and educate us about the life cycle and social make up of these most amazing creatures.
Their work was done efficiently and effectively and any mess was cleared up without any prompting.
A bonus for us was to have the some of the delicious honeycomb from the nest and there was so much in the nest there was plenty to share as well as to feed the bees as they made their way with Ian to Wales and to their new apiary.
We are so glad we did not follow some advice and have the bees poisoned and we were very lucky to have been put in contact with Ian and the Swarmcatcher’s service whom we would highly recommend to anybody who wants to remove their unwanted bees with care and understanding. Many thanks Ian!
G & C

Geoff Sharp