Bee Removal

There are three main types of bee removal that we undertake. In all cases, the bees are re-hived, fed, treated for varroa mites and monitored and treated for notifiable diseases before being given a home in one of Daniel’s apiaries after a six week quarantine. If notifiable diseases are found, DEFRA is notified and the bees are treated under the supervision of the regional bee inspector. They sometimes need to be re-queened from known stock to cure aggressive tendencies or genetic predisposition to disease.

Bee Swarm Removal

Catching a swarm in a tree in a basket.

If the bees have not yet built combs and have not entered a building or other structure, they can easily be removed by encouraging them into a basket. This is the easiest type of removal.

Trap Out Bee Removal

Trap out is the least destructive method to property and can be used where it is impossible to access the combs without significant damage to the building or in listed or heritage buildings where it is imperative to preserve the building.

Bees on frames from a bee vacuum removal.

The trap out method involves a one-way bee gate to allow flying bees out of the building and into a trap box, in which the bees are encouraged to raise a new queen from a donor egg. After all of the bees have left the building and the original queen has died, the bees can be allowed to forage any leftover honey from inside the building and they do get every last drop.

Trapping out requires multiple visits and can take a long time.

Vacuum Bee Removal

This bee vacuum method is the fastest and requires access to the combs. Often, repairs are already needed to your building, otherwise the bees would not have got in in the first place. We remove tiles or cladding and sometimes chimney haunching to gain access to the combs. We either work with your own builder or roofer or arrange one for you so that necessary repairs can be made following our visit.

Bees in a building.

The bees are then gently and safely removed to a special hive using a custom-built bee vacuum.

Prices

Please contact us to get a rough idea of what it might cost to remove your honeybees as every bee removal job is different.

We give great advice by telephone or email and really appreciate if you can provide us with photos by email, text or Whatsapp so we can better understand your unique situation.

We are happy to provide a site visit and can almost always do this for £50 (depending on location), which would be discounted from your removal price if you decide to engage us us to remove the bees.