Honey bee cutout from chimney in Llandaff

How to remove honey bees from chimney safely in Llandaff, Cardiff

Here we are removing a honey bee colony that had taken up residence in a pepper pot placed over an old chimney no longer in use, utilising it to highlight an important safety point when considering how to remove honey bees from chimney safely.

You will see in the photos that we are wearing a harness tied on either to the chimney or the ladder. this is for good reason. it does not matter who you are anyone can suffer from an Anaphylaxis reaction at anytime after their first ever sting. That means that you won’t have a severe reaction after the first sting that you ever receive, be you a child or an adult. However after having had your first sting you are running the risk of an Anaphylaxis reaction at any point there after. I like many others regularly get stung carrying out this work, or more commonly at the end of the job or the next day when recombining the bees vacuumed with the nuc box bees. Anyone of these stings could theoretically end up with me having an Anaphylaxis reaction, fortunately it hasn’t happened yet, but I do know of several people that it has happened to one of which was very lucky to get down a ladder before collapsing on the bonnet of his van and being blue lighted to the hospital.

So its a risk that we take seriously and do our best 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 when the removal of honey bees is viable using a ladder set up we look to tie in the ladder base to the wall, then the ladder to the CAT ladder and at the same time use a safety rope system; this can be seen in the first two images at top of page. 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.

These honey bees where quite quiet until we pulled the pepper pot off at which point they kicked off. As you can see from the fresh comb this honey bee colony had not been in place for too long and that the wax was beautifully clean. These removals are pretty straight forward, no real depth of comb in the chimney and easy to clean up.

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 the same spot. We have changed our methodology on this and now utilise stainless steel mesh to prevent any access even of the chimney pot, this gives a far longer life than insect mesh and can be easily secured .

You will have noticed from the photos that the chimney stack as a whole and the flaunching (cement topping) was not in good condition and should really be looked at by a chimney repair professional, this is often the case and if scaffolding is used then the services of a professional chimney repair man should certainly be considered.

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 with the opportunity to highlight an important safety consideration when deciding on how to remove honey bees from chimney safely.



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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”.