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Bees Back in Chimney

 
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sheena
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Location: east sussex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:22 am    Post subject: Bees Back in Chimney Reply with quote

We had bees removed from one of our chimneys last year and had a woodburner and liner fitted using the adjacent chimney. Unfortunately a swarm of bees arrived at lunchtime yesterday and have settled into the chimney that they were in originally. We thought we had removed all traces of the previous bees. I have lit the woodburner hoping to smoke them out but I can see a few bees flying around.

I would appreciate any advice.

Thank you

Sheena
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crookie
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Joined: 11 Mar 2012
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Location: Dorking, Surrey, UK

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sheena
see my email to you.

If the smoke from the woodburner doesn't bother them then you have your own free beehive Wink

The bees love you and your chimney so you will need to cap it if you don't want them back there. I think I have an idea how to get them to leave before they get settled without getting all that scaffolding put back or using roofers ladders.

Chris
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sheena
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Bees Back in Chimney Reply with quote

After much discussion with my husband and Chris Crook, we have decided to let the bees decide if they wish to stay. We are leaving the woodburner alight for a couple more days in the hope that the bees may look for another home. We have had bees in the chimney on and off for several years. In 2012 they swarmed at least 4 times and were found safe natural beekeeping homes. Que sera sera

Sheena
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