Honey bee cutout from chimney in Llandaff

Here we are removing a honey bee colony that has taken up residence in a pepper pot placed over an old chimney no longer in use.

Because anyone can suffer from an Anaphylaxis reaction anytime after their first ever sting we take care to reduce any additional consequence should it happen to one of us. It wouldn’t be too clever if while up on the roof ridge or coming down the ladder without any protection we were to succumb to a bad reaction, so we look to tie in the ladder base  to the wall, then the ladder to the CAT ladder and use a safety rope system; this can all be seen in the first two images. We will usually put a safety line round the chimney as well, so that during the whole process we can be safely attached with a harness.

The honey bees where quite quiet until we pulled of the pepper pot. As you can see from the fresh comb this colony had not been in place for too long and that the wax is beautifully clean.

Before placing the pepper pot back on the chimney we covered the base with some insect mesh to prevent another honey bee swarm taking up in thew same spot.

The last photo shows a few straggling flying honey bees landing and fanning around one of the screened holes on our bee vac box; this is always a reassuring sign as it indicates that the queen honey bee is in the box.

So a great honey bee removal from a standard chimney pot successfully carried out in a safe manor.

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If you are looking for more info on removing bees from a chimney check out our article Removing bees in a chimney, for information on bee removal and relocation from roofs you may want to look at our page Honey bees in roof, or if you have bees in a wall our page Honey bees in wall maybe of use, For additional examples on removals of honey bees from other more unusual places check thru our blog page Honey Bee Removal EXPERTS and search for “unusual bee removals”.