IDENTIFICATION: If you have bees on your premises and are concerned about what type of bee they are, PLEASE TRY TO IDENTIFY THEM by using the
information on these pages (Identifying Common Bee Types) before you pursue the options given below. Swarm collection is for Honey Bee swarms
SWARM COLLECTION - PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING......
I'm afraid that our small band of hobbyist beekeepers can only collect honey bee swarms that are in an accessible location as a cluster (e.g.
tree branch or shrub) and can be cut free straight into a swarm collecting box.
If you have a swarm cluster of this nature, please contact the British Beekeepers Association (http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php) who maintain a list of beekeepers who may be available to remove honey bee
swarms. Follow the links on the website given above and enter your postcode. They get hundreds of enquiries during the swarming season (approx April to July) so please understand that
beekeepers give up a huge amount of their personal time (and petrol) to do this voluntarily even though many of them are in full-time work. Hence they would appreciate you being as
sure as you can be that it is a Honey Bee Swarm they are attending to.
BEES IN BIRD BOXES
Are almost certainly bumble bees or possibly a strain of solitary bee. They tend to nest temporarily and move on later in the summer. They are usually pretty
harmless unless there is close contact with human activity. Honey bees would be extremely unlikely to nest in a bird box - it is much too small for a honey bee colony. If they really are a
problem to you, it may be possible to approach the bird box when almost dark, and stick wide tape (e.g. parcel or masking tape) over the entrance. The box could then be moved to another location -
provided you made sure you weren't affecting anyone else - and perhaps nailed to a suitable tree or post (If this is on private land you should get the permission of the landowner). Stand to one side
of the box, whip the tape off, and move away in the opposite direction of the bird box entrance. If this action is carried out during the day (e.g. by a beekeeper), most of the bees that were
out foraging will return to the original site of the bird box and buzz around angrily when they find it's not there. So you're not much better off! Also the bird box nest, once moved, will
die off through lack of foraging bees to feed it. If the box is going to be sealed it must be when almost dark so that all the bees are inside. If you attempt this yourself you do so at your
BEES IN A ROOF SPACE OR SIMILAR
Again if they are bumble bees or another form of single bee they will not remain there. They will leave once new queens have emerged. If they are honey bees, this
situation is too difficult to deal with by a swarm-collecting beekeeper as they can't easily collect the cluster with the queen inside. If they are really bothering you, you may need to contact a
pest control service.
One thing that has been tried when really necessary is placing petrol-soaked rags in the area of the nest so that the fumes drive them out. However, there are
obvious hazards in doing that, both in terms of a fire hazard and you getting stung. SO THAT IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION BY CBKA, and if you decide to try it, it is entirely at
your own risk.
If our swarm collection arrangements above can't accommodate you there is a professional swarm collecting service available.
Ring Freephone 0800 373 023 to speak to David Snelson or Andy Thompson. They advertise a 24hr, 365 day/yr, emergency service. PLEASE NOTE:-
They will charge for this service. Also they are not connected to Coventry BKA, so our branch takes no responsibility for this service.