Honey Bee Swarm Removal
Lady Mole Catcher is also qualified to deal with bees. As a professional wildlife management specialist, she can remove honey bee swarms and colonies from chimneys, walls, roofs and trees.
There are two types of bee, which may cause a problem.
Honey bees have a thin, brown thorax and black abdomen with yellow-orange bands. They live in colonies but can cause problems when they swarm in large numbers. If provoked, honey bees can be aggressive with a painful sting, which can be life threatening to people with an allergy. Swarms happen when a queen bee leaves a colony along with thousands of worker bees to form a new colony elsewhere. They can colonise in any cavity but if they settle within a structure, they can cause damage or become a risk to public health.
Masonry or Mortar bees
Masonry or Mortar bees often burrow into mortar joints or crevices in brick or stone walls. They are solitary insects, unlike honey bees. With their reddish-brown bottom and black body, you’re most likely to see them flying in and out of walls or small holes in the ground. They make their nests in wall cavities and are able to tunnel through soft or damaged brick mortar – they do not cause structural problems.
The female masonry bee burrows into earth and soft rocks to lay her eggs from which new adults appear during the spring. Only one brood is created per year and you will only see them for just a few weeks.
Masonry/Mortar bees are not aggressive and are in fact harmless to humans. After the summer, most of the bees will leave and not return to the same nesting site the following year. Colonies formed in spring usually decline naturally by late July and as natural pollinators, they are very useful to gardeners and arable farmers.
Treatment and eradication is not required for Masonry and Mortar bees. By repointing soft mortar, filling brick holes and blocking gaps around window and door frames, they can be prevented from taking up residence at your property.
How do you know if you have Honey Bees on your property?
Feral honey bee swarms can set up home in chimneys and wall cavities, which can be a problem if they decide to swarm which will usually be a warm day during May to early June. Look out for bee activity in the spring and on warmer days when they become more active.
Why remove Honey Bees from property?
If a honey bee swarm is left and not collected quickly (within the same day), it could colonise a chimney, roof or wall. Removing bees due to nuisance, structural damage or work prevention reasons, is not an easy job and isn’t as straight forward as treating other insect nests.
A few things to consider if you have a bee colony on your property:
- The potential presence of over 50,000 bees that can sting
- Some people have an allergic and life-threatening reaction to bees (anaphylaxis)
- Presence of foraging wasps & hornets
- Leaking honey damage to your property
- Falling materials due to structural damage
- Bees swarming and entering your living space
A honey bee colony will continue to grow each year. The average size of a honey bee colony in the summer is around 50,000 bees, which has the potential to produce around six litres of honey!
“Honey bees are vitally important for flower pollination but with the mass use of insecticides and pesticides they have become endangered. The U.N. have reported that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, more than 70 percent are pollinated by bees. It is therefore vitally important that we take care of our bees.”
Live Bee Removal
Swarming is a natural process in the life of a honeybee colony. It occurs when a large group of honeybees leaves an established colony to establish a new one and will occur throughout the last week of April to the middle of June.
When honeybees swarm, it is common for them to swarm onto bushes and trees. However, when bee swarms move into structures such as walls or chimneys, they will need to be removed for health and safety reasons.
A swarm is mobile because the bees are looking for a new location where they can make a honeycomb and establish a new colony. If a honeybee swarm is left and not collected quickly it could colonise chimneys, roofs or walls. You may even notice a dark sticky substance running down the chimney – this is honey and evidence of a bee colony in residence. Large numbers of bees within a colony can cause structural damage and become more problematic once a honeycomb structure has been created, as it is very difficult to remove safely. Removing honey beehives from chimneys, cavities and walls whilst keeping the bees alive is a dangerous task and should only be carried out by a bee removal specialist. Live bee removal does not involve insecticides. We need bees… without bees, there will be no Us!
Louise Chapman BA (Hons) PGCE
Norfolk’s very own Lady Mole Catcher®
Who I work with
- Householders in their gardens
- Farmers and Land Agents
- Outdoor Leisure Facilities
- Restaurants and Pubs
- Local Authorities
If you think you have a bee swarm on your property that is causing problems, get in touch with Louise to arrange for a site visit and no-obligation quote. Call 01603 25 99 45 or 07876 14 11 53 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have used Louise on three occasions for cluster flies and a flea issue at our holiday home. Every time she has provided an excellent service and dealt with the problem very quickly for us.
Having found moths in our lounge/dining room carpet I got in touch with Louise. She came, looked, explained about the damage moths do to carpets and treated all our carpets, both upstairs and down. She was efficient, very professional and returned twice more to check she had got rid of them. She is very friendly and also very interesting to talk to. We would not hesitate to recommend her. Thank you Louise!
One of the joys in my life is the many varieties of birds that come into the garden and use the bird feeders. Recently Grey Squirrels had become a serious nuisance. They are spiteful not only to each other but to the birds, who became reluctant to use the feeders. I was also concerned that once the birds started laying their eggs they would take those as well. I contacted Louise, the Lady Mole Catcher and asked for her help. Louise assured me that she would trap the Squirrels humanely, which she did very efficiently. Seven Squirrels later I now have the birds feeding again. I thoroughly recommend Louise she is professional, friendly and very efficient at what she does.
Louise did an excellent job. She responded quickly to our request and her knowledge and professional approach were exactly what we were looking for. She was able to catch the squirrels that had caused so much damage and do so fitting in around our other commitments. I would certainly recommend.
Louise was dealing with a mole & rat problem we had which she dealt with very efficiently. On her last visit we discovered a wasp nest & Louise did a great job of getting rid of them too! Cannot recommend her too highly!
Having worked with Louise (Lady Molecatcher) during recent weeks regarding a problem we had with both moles & rats, we then found a wasp nest in our shed. There was nobody else to call but Lady Molecatcher…the wasp nest was dealt with professionalism and knowledge, it was all over in just a few moments. Sorted! We then discovered another two wasp nests in the roof of the house and again Lady Molecatcher arrived the same day we called her and again the situation was dealt with swiftly. We would without any hesitation recommend Louise to deal with any of the above issues you may have. It was a pleasure to come across somebody who can deal with these issues in a professional manner but always with a smile on her face.
I'd like to thank Louise for solving a Bed Bug problem swiftly. My daughter had arrived home after a school trip and brought with her some unwelcome guests - Bed Bugs! My daughter was bitten and the Doctor confirmed Bed Bugs, which he said probably hitched a ride in my daughter's luggage. Louise came the very day I 'phoned her and took control of the situation. Thank you Louise, what a relief!!
Louise sorted our first mole problem in just two hours, the second by the next morning. Her professionalism, knowledge and experience of where to position the traps was so accurate, just amazing! We have felt incredibly comfortable working with Louise who is a very friendly and sociable young lady. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Louise.
Louise was very prompt and efficient. We had a serious rabbit problem which she has brought under control. She explained what was needed, carried out the work and returned as promised to complete what was started. We would definitely recommend Louise to anyone.
Rabbits, not moles, were my problem. Lots of them and notice the past tense. Over the years I had tried my methods and different individuals to cure my rabbit problem without luck. My garden over the past two years was devoured by rabbits. Along came Louise and within three weeks the rabbits were gone. Her approach was multifaceted. She arrived when she said she would, kept me informed of progress while I was away by video and persisted until I could confirm there were no more sightings of rabbits. I would recommend her services.
Very professional and quick results. If you have moles in your lawn, call Louise. I will always recommend you! Thank you.
Louise has helped us out on numerous occasions: excellent all round, would highly recommend.