Live Honey Bee Removal
When discussing honey bee removal we are talking about the removal of honey bees from locations that ordinary bee keepers can’t deal with and most pest controllers know little about. The honey bees may either be a newly landed bee swarm or an established honey bee colony that has taken up residence in a location that is detrimental to those living and working around it.
Live honey bee removal is completely different from swarm collecting which a lot of beekeepers will do for free. However if you need a properly insured pest controlling beekeeper to remove a honey bee swarm we can do that for you.
If we can get to a swarm and remove or flush it out of its new home within the first couple of days then that will save on considerable expense and disruption. If the same honey bee swarm is to be removed later costs will likely escalate.
Many swarm collectors when giving out advice about swarms in chimneys will say “leave the swarm be” and “it will probably leave of its own accord”. Please be advised this is very poor advice and most probably given because they don’t want to say that removing them is beyond their skill set, so give you these false statements using them as poorly thought out get out clauses.
For bees that have only recently arrived in a chimney or some other part of a property we advise removing them as quickly as possible, preferably within the first 5 days of arrival.
Honey bees will build their hive very quickly, they can build 20 litres or more of comb in a 3 week period (this is like hanging 10 2 litre bottles of milk out in a row). If they arrive in April or May you can expect to find more than five times that in situ at the end of summer. Once the bees have a chance to bring in propolis (tree sap), and the queen has produced a complete brood cycle (21 days from the laying of an egg), the complete complement of the pheromones of the hive will be ingrained in the structure acting as a strong attractant for years to come; so the quicker they can be removed the better.
Honey Bee Removal Specialists
SwarmcatcherUK specialise in the removal of honey bees from chimneys, roofs, cavity walls, soffits and any other unexpected location. We carry out these live bee removals relocating the living colony to a more appropriate location – usually our apiary.
To carry out these live bee removals we have developed several sophisticated techniques one of which enables us to remove honey bee colonies from certain locations without having to dismantle the structure and without harming the honey bees.
We are at the forefront of bee removal techniques in the UK and offer the best advice and cost effective solutions to removing honey bees from your property.
What does a Honey Bee Removal Service Include
Our honey bee removal service usually includes the removal of not only the bees but the comb and honey as well. This is very important as when left in situ there would also be a residual mass of brood (bee larvae) included with the wax comb and honey stores. This brood will die without the nurser bees to look after it and decompose if not removed; leaving not only foul odors to contend with but also possible staining. Additionally any uncapped honey stores will run and likely add to the mess. Further down the line you may well suffer additional pest infestations, such as carpet beetles, clothes moths, ants, mice or something larger. All of this is prevented by the complete removal of the colony, stores and any dead honey bees that may have gathered beneath the hive.
When carrying out a bee removal we will usually vacuum the majority of the honey bees unharmed into a bee box, the remainder nurse bees we usually leave sitting on thee brood (looking after the bees to be) which we cut out and place into a nuc box, the brood is then kept at the correct temperature by the nurse bees during the honey bee relocation process.
The remainder of the colony is removed, the walls scraped down to remove as much wax as possible, and where possible the area beneath the colony is vacuumed to remove all the bees that have died and fallen; this can be several inches of dead bees, which would otherwise be a great source of food for a large infestation of clothes moth or carpet beetle, that will be looking for another food source once the bees have been consumed.
If we can’t get to the dead bees we will discuss alternate options for preventing an infestation, and deal with them in your preferred method, normally nontoxic.
Post Honey Bee Removal
Once the honey bees have been removed it is necessary to proof the location against the arrival of another honey bee colony. This can be a complicated part of the process dependent upon where the bees have been removed from. In some circumstances such as chimneys they can easily be proofed against after removal, in other circumstances it is in fact impossible.
Honey Bee Removal Guarantees
There are some out there giving a guarantee against the re infestation of the same location – that’s a bit of a cheat really isn’t it. After all they are only guaranteeing against the recolonisation of a very specific part of the building or roof, not the whole, because its impossible to guarantee against. To proof a specific section of roof or wall is straightforward but its not practical to proof the whole structure its just way too expensive to do. Because of the strong active scent created by historic bee colonies the new honey bees will only require a 6 mm hole, this can be easily found in tiles and slates. Furthermore sealing all holes may be detrimental to the health of the building as buildings need to be able to breathe.
Others are guaranteeing the removal of honey bees – one would hope so, that is after all why they are there, why would you pay them for not removing them?
So be wary of any guarantees, like most these days they are unlikely to be very useful.
If you really want one after reading it carefully then we will match any guarantee for a fee dependent upon access costs. But upon careful reading you will probably see that it has no real worth, other than that of a great sales gimmick.
Further Honey Bee Removal Advice
If you have honey bees in your property please contact us; a photo can be worth a 1000 words so if you can email us a couple showing where they are entering the property, the location of the entrance with respect to accessibility, along with any historic or other relevant information, then we can advise on the best approach to removing the honey bees without having to visit. Our online advice is free!