Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a bee swarm ?

When bees swarm they generally gather in a 15 metre area and cluster on a branch from a tree, inside a tree, inside a chimney or under hanging tiles. They will continue to fly for around an hour before settling. If the bees decide this is temporary accomodation they will move off within 24 hours.

How do you remove the bees ?

There are a number of different of ways and each way depends on where the bees are situated. Bees which are in a tree or hedge are usually the easiest to collect.

I have a bee swarm under the hanging roof tiles. How can they be removed ?

Bees which locate under hanging roof tiles are a problem. There are several factors which need to be taken into account before attempting removal i.e height of tiles and general accessability.

There seem to be bees coming out of my chimney, would they live there ?

In short, yes. If you notice bees are coming out of your chimney and assuming they have only been there a short time (less than three days) then you can remove these by lighting a fire in the fireplace. Damp wood which smokes well will drive the bees out from the chimney. If the bees have been there more than three days they will have started to build comb and wont be inclined to move. Removal can be done by climbing onto the roof and removing the bees. As you can imagine, working at height with an army of angry bees needs to be done safely and therefore is a costly option.


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