Live honey bee colony removal

SwarmCatcher the honey bee removals specialist

Swarmcatcher are the honey bee colony removal specialists providing an ethical eco-friendly bee removals and relocation service across the UK. Specialising in removing and relocating unwelcome honey bees that have arrived at a property and taken up permanent residence in a place they shouldn’t have.

Here on our site you will find a lot of information about the options for honey bee colony removal to enable you to decide on the best way forward. To assist in this we have created three main categories

Honey bee removal from Chimneys
Honey Bee removal from walls and cavities
Honey bee removals from roof spaces

Live honey bee colony removal & relocation examples

We are slowly filling our site with numerous examples of the honey bee colony removal work that we have carried out over the past few years along with an abundance of information about these honey bee removals. If you feel that we have missed out on a topic please let us know so that we can provide you some appropriate information.

If you want to deal with people that understand your problem from both your side and the bees then you are in the right place.

Honey bee colony removal – Identification

Before contacting us about a honey bee colony removal please try to ensure that it is honey bees that is causing you your problem. We presume that you or a professional pest controller or beekeeper has helped you identify the bees correctly and that you have honey bees rather than wasps, Tree Bumble Bees or some solitary bees/wasps.  

If you are still unsure then please look at one of our posts on bee identification. If it is a tree bee nest and you are local to one of our bases then we will also be able to assist in the live removal of any Tree Bee nests you may have in the roof space.

Live honey bee colony removal – Experience

During our long process of learning about how best to carry out live honey bee colony removal work safely we have met and talked to many interesting specialists both from this country and abroad and are fortunate enough that we can still call upon these people if necessary for some very useful advice.
As part of our learning development to enable us to properly carry out live honey bee colony removal and relocation work we have we enrolled ourselves on a specialised chimney sweeping course so that we could be confident on the advice that we offer about honey bee colony removal from chimneys. There are several “self-proclaimed” honey bee colony removal specialists out there that don’t seem to have any concept of the dangers that they create when carrying out these honey bee removals from chimneys and have given what can be considered outright dangerous advise in their job description clearly they have no recognition of the possible risks involved when dealing with carbon monoxide, soot, moisture.

Live honey bee colony removal – Working at height

Obviously when accessing the honey bee colonies in the chimney or the roof we need to utilise access equipment. We are fully IPAF trained in the use of Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (cherry pickers and similar to you and me) though we rarely use this form of access because of its limitations in use across multiple trades and extended time periods. We are PASMA trained to ensure that we use our mobile scaffolding tower equipment properly when accessing honey bee colonies in soffits and other places.

Live honey bee colony removal – The law

We fully understand the law and how it affects you, its pretty straightforward really – you can kill honey bees.
BUT and it’s an enormous but, you need to fully protect the exterminated honey bee colony from being accessed by any other bees. This is not nearly as straightforward as you may think and is nigh on impossible to do without getting up to the entrance points (and there will usually be more than one). If you can access the entrance points you are halfway to removing the exterminated bee colony, and if you can remove an exterminated bee colony then you might just as well remove it alive. So rather than carrying out the removal of a toxic mass we would suggest it be far better to carry out a live bee removal allowing for the relocation of the honey bees and the easy disposal of any waste which would not be toxic.

Live honey bee colony removal – Why US

We are uniquely qualified in understanding your problem and being able to advise you on the best solution. We are both beekeepers and pest controllers.
We are fully insured and specialise in the removal of bees from walls, roofs, chimneys and other unusual locations.

To see more about how we go about removing the bees from any of these locations please follow the links below and have a look at our blog page or even better give us a call to talk about how we can help you remove the honey bees ALIVE, on 02922 401649

For further information on bee removal and relocation please use the contact form in the side bar or message button below, or CALL 01297 441272 to speak to someone local who knows all about it.

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‘. Having read that you may want to look at our article ‘Everything you need to consider when removing bees in a chimney‘ which is a fairly extensive overview.


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 honey bees in a wall our page ‘Honey bees in wall‘ maybe of use.

For examples on removals of honey bees from these and other more unusual places check thru our blog page Honey Bee Removal SPECIALISTS and investigate out Tag cloud too.

Don’t forget a general overview on honey bee removals which can be found at ‘Live honey bee removal‘.

Our honey bee loving Specialist is waiting for you!