Honey Bee Nest Relocation Specialist, Beekeepers & pest controller
We are a business that specialises in honey bee nest removal operating across Scotland, England & Wales. We carry out the live removal and relocation of honey bee colonies from places they shouldn’t be. We re-home the bees on provision that they are a healthy and disease free.
“Beekeeping has been a family pastime for generations. We just love it, we live and breathe honey bees: it’s in the blood”.
Bee keeping is in our genes, and pest control is our background. This mix has enabled Swarmcatcher to develop an environmentally safe business extracting honeybees from the built environment giving our clients their properties back bee free whilst allowing these environmentally useful creatures to have a more appropriate place to thrive.
We have over the last 15+ years developed and enhanced techniques for the safe removal of honey bee nests allowing us to remove the bees and all the nest safely. During this time our business has grown organically as a result of providing an outstanding service resulting in satisfied clients whilst doing what we love to do.
Swarmcatcher specialises in live honey bee nest removals and the relocation of these nests from homes and businesses across the UK, working throughout England Scotland & Wales. We carry out this live bee removal service without the need for insecticides and harmful toxic poisons.
We are well aware of the stress that can be caused by the very real issues associated with having a honeybee colony located in your property so give us a call for free advice from a member of our experienced team.
The benefits of Using SwarmCatcher
Because of the number of honey bee removals that we have done we rarely actually need to visit a site to carry out a “Bee Survey”. More often than not we can gain more than sufficient information through the use of a general questionnaire, some photos and possibly some additional site specific information.
We will walk you through the process so as to avoid a pre-removal survey, unfortunately there will always be a small number of locations which do require a pre removal survey.
If someone has not been asking the questions that we ask, then you have to wonder whether they are really prepared for carrying the bee removal out successfully, safely and correctly.
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Live honey bee nest removal specialists
Swarmcatcher are the UK honey bee colony removal specialists we provide an ethical eco-friendly bee removal and relocation service across the UK.
We are hugely conscious of our responsibility when carrying out work on your property, as such we carry out our bee removals with respect to you, your property & the bees.
This is evident though out the process from the point of your initial enquiry to the completion of the bee removal process.
For us its all about minimising the impact that we have on the building and bees, reducing the requirement for costly unnecessary reinstatement, which is especially important when working on chimneys (which are a controlled device), historic and listed properties. This is a theme we continue throughout our work practices.
We are also very concerned for the welfare of our honey bee removal teams and ensure they are well trained in all Health & Safety aspects to ensure their safety.
honey bee nest removal: Training
There is no direct route for training for honey bee nest removal training. We have always ensured that we have adequate training and experience for the task in hand, and on occasion call in other specialists from other trades, such as stone masons and roofing specialists to work on areas beyond our skill set.
During our long process of learning how best to carry out live honey bee colony removal work safely, we have met and talked to many interesting specialists in other fields of work, from both this country and abroad, and are fortunate enough that we can call upon these people for some very useful advice if needed.
As part of our learning development to enable us to properly carry out live honey bee colony removal and relocation work, we have in the past enrolled ourselves on various relevant specialised courses.
Before we first started working on chimneys we wanted to ensure that we knew as much as we could so we sent Ian our chief bee remover on a Chimney Sweeps (chimney engineer) course. Little did we know back then just how important Ian’s engineering degree was going to be, especially from a structural point of view.
Doing this course helped us better understand chimneys in a structural manner, but also highlighted that they are a controlled device.
Now thanks to some day courses on live honey bee removal there is an increasing number of “self-proclaimed” honey bee colony removal experts” that don’t seem to have any concept of the dangers that they inadvertently creating when working on a honey bee removal from a chimney. Some of the advice we have seen can only be considered as outright dangerous – clearly they have a lack of understanding of the impact their work could have on what is a controlled device and the potentially dangerous effects upon peoples health & lives.
One thing is for certain, a day long Introduction course as attended by many pest controllers is not sufficient time to even cover all the subjects that are needed to carry out a live honey bee removal properly, responsibly & successfully. As for the required in-depth knowledge and practical skills required need we say more.
Though we would never describe ourselves as experts we are in a position to be able to offer good sound advice, with a greater level of knowledge than most builders and HETAS scheme members and the desire to find out more if we do not know.
We continue to update training in various fields, including lime mortar and pointing techniques, health & safety courses, safe working practices and working at height with various bits of equipment.
Continual research into things that most would not even consider, be it to do with building design or nectar production of wild flowers.
But most important of all is the level of experience we have developed over the last 15+ years.
Experience is Important
When we first started to remove honey bee colonies from places they ought not to be it was as an extension to our free swarm collection service – something we no longer have time to do, especially since the new introduction of our “URGENT SWARM EVICTION” service.
Trying to put a date on when we first started as a business is difficult, as it was mixed in with the free swarm collecting service that Ian would do.
During the days of the swarm collecting it became more & more common for him to be called to swarms that were in fact established colonies leading to him being caught up in trying to identify how best to get the bees out of the property.
It was during these times that we realised the need for accurate information was so necessary.
This is when Beverley developed her approach for gaining as much information as possible, before we arrived on site.
In those days we were not travelling all over the country carrying out removals, but now that we are, we can see that those times of learning were very important.
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In Summary: honey bee nest removal
If you are having problems with honey bees entering your building, or you have had a pest controller or local bee keeper identify honey bees as having taken up residence in your chimney, roof or wall and you need assistance in the honey bee nest removal then we are the people to get in contact with.
More often than not beekeepers and pest controllers do not have the necessary experience, insurance, training or equipment to deal with honeybees which have made a home in chimneys, walls or roofs or other part of your property.
There are not many that specialise in this work and fewer if any with the level of experience that we have, or the depth of knowledge that we have gained over the years.
“Homes for people, Hives for honey bees“
Swarmcatcher can carry out the honey bee nest removal and relocate the honey bees allowing you to relax in the knowledge that you have both saved the bees as well having a bee free property again, safe in the knowledge its been carried out in a low impact, environmentally sustainable manner.
So contact us for free, friendly advice from an experienced SwarmCatcher or take a look around our website for some examples of our work and fill in the contact form, on return you will receive a questionnaire – we don’t need all the questions answered, but the more answers you can give the easier it is for us to assess your situation.
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‘ & ‘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 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‘.