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;
Often bees will find their way between a gas flue or solid fuel burner flue and the original chimney, more often than not it’s the space between the gas flue and the original chimney. In these situations we need a gas engineer to decommission and remove the gas fire so that we can carry out our task of removing the bees from the chimney, after which the gas engineer can reinstate and recommission the gas fire. We recommend that you arrange for this to be done yourselves, but can advise you on the need for this if required.
Honey bees will also colonise an unused open chimney space that has either been capped (these are rarely designed to keep wasps and bees from setting up home) or left uncapped.
Lastly we also go to a lot of chimneys that have been sealed over with a flag stone or completely flaunched. The honey bees are usually gaining access to the chimney space because of the effects of weathering on the flaunching in these cases we always recommend that you discuss how you reinstate the chimney with your chimney sweep as most disused chimneys should be allowed to breath while also being capped to prevent further infestations of honey bees or wasps.
When removing the bees from a chimney we aim to remove all the bees alive, the comb, the honey and the bees wax. We have not yet needed to dismantle a chimney to do this – not saying we haven’t felt like using a stick of dynamite on the odd occasion, or that it maybe necessary to do sometime in the future, but for now we have not had to dismantle a chimney.
The most common reason for honey bees colonising these locations have been due to the poor condition of the flaunching as a result of weathering over the years.
In these situations we need to remove the flaunching to allow proper access to remove the bees.
We are able to reinstate this at the end of the job providing we have time, but ideally it is better that you have the chimney properly inspected and repaired by a chimney sweep, usually if part of the flaunching is in disrepair then the rest of the flaunching also needs removing and reinstating.
For further information on bee removal and relocation please use the contact form in the side bar or call 02922 401649 to speak to someone local who knows all about it.
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”.