Honey bee exclusion
Honey bee exclusion can be used as a method for the removal of bees that are more difficult to move and that have been in situ for anything up to 3 weeks. It is for recently arrived swarms only that honey bee exclusion may be suitable.
When using honey bee exclusion as a method for bee removal it’s very important that we know the arrival date, and that we are able to confirm this date using something like an inspection/endoscope camera to ensure that the bees have not been there for longer.
It is not unusual for people to be unaware of a bee colony in their property, and only notice the bees for the first time because of a swarm returning for some reason having only swarmed earlier in the day, or a void previously used by honey bees is reoccupied by a new swarm, giving that swarm a big head start. In these instance a honey bee eviction is not going to work.
Honey bee exclusion does not work as well as it may if honey bees have been in a cavity for longer, even deferring a honey bee exclusion for as little as a couple of weeks may be detrimental to the overall success dependent on the colony and the environment.
The location of the bee entrance will also have an influence on the viability of a honey bee exclusion as a suitable method for removing the bees. If the bees are located in a wall cavity or chimney then there is a greater likelihood of success than if they are entering a dormer roof void for example.
Other options to that of honey bee exclusion for the removal of a honey bee nest from a wall cavity, roof or chimney are that of a cut-out or a trap-out. We tend not use a honey bee trap-out that often these days for reasons explained on our honey bee trap-out page. Far more usually we use a method referred to as a honey bee cut-out.
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If you are looking for information on removing bees from a chimney check out our article ‘Honey bees in chimney‘, or if you repeatedly have bee swarms take up home in your chimney you may want to look at our page ‘Why honey bees like chimneys‘ & ‘Everything you need to consider when removing bees in a chimney‘ which is a fairly extensive overview.
For examples on removals of honey bees from these and other more unusual places check thru our blog page Honey Bee Removal Blog and investigate our Tag cloud too.
Don’t forget a general overview on honey bee removals which can be found at ‘Live honey bee removal‘.