Extracting a Honeybee Nest
Price to extract a honeybee nest from £600 +VAT
To have a bee nest extracted from your home or business premises call 0800 026 0308
How much does it cost to extract a honeybee nest from a chimney, wall cavity or roof space?
The price to extract a honeybee nest from a cavity within a property depends on its location, how it can be accessed, any structural work required such as removing and replacing bricks or roof tiles.
We don’t guarantee treatments for any type of bees.
Extracting a honeybee nest is only permitted if it’s located somewhere inconvenient or dangerous for people living or working nearby, or if it’s causing damage to property. Wherever possible our technician will collect the honeybees from the nest and rehome them with a local beekeeper. If the nest is somewhere that is inaccessible the bees will have to be treated with insecticide which is always a last resort.
A colony can grow to consist of thousands of bees so the sooner the bee nest is extracted the less bees there are to rehome, less debris and honey to remove, and less damage to your property caused by the honey. The extraction will require less disruption to the structure of the property as the nest is smaller.
Signs of a honeybee nest
- A colony consisting of thousands of bees is very noisy.
- An excessive number of bees coming from multiple directions.
- Bee activity around a particular part of the roof or a hole in the wall where the entrance of the nest is.
- Stained paintwork caused by the honey the bees produce. If the nest is within a roof space you may find honey seeping through your ceilings.
Why use a professional company to remove a honeybee nest?
- Honeybees like to nest in chimneys, wall cavities, roof spaces and other areas within a property which are often difficult to access.
- Bee nests are often live so extraction is not a straightforward operation.
- The bees will sting if they perceive they or their nest are under threat which can be dangerous because of the large numbers in a nest.
How our treatment works
Our technician will collect the honeybees in the nest to rehome them. However, if it’s not possible to do this then the nest will have to be treated with insecticide. Immediately after a nest is treated with insecticide it’s essential that the entrance to the nest is blocked to stop bees not present in the nest from being contaminated.
After the bees have been removed, the technician will remove the nest, debris and honey the bees have produced as this is a target for parasites. The area will then be treated with a biocidal spray and sealed so it can’t be accessed by more bees in the future.
If an attempt to destroy the bees with insecticide has been made previously then the bees can’t be rehomed as they will contaminate other bees they come into contact with.
Products we use
The technician will state which insecticide has been used on the report they give you after they have completed the treatment. Click each product to access its safety data sheet. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and don’t corrode or stain.
Aftercare following a honeybee nest extraction from a chimney
After honeybees have been eradicated from a nest in a chimney, it’s necessary to prevent the bees from returning to their nest or new bees from other colonies and wasps entering the cavity as they’ll be attracted to any residual beeswax and then become contaminated by the insecticide. Our technician will fit a cap on the chimney pot, but if the chimney is used as a vent for a gas appliance then it can’t be capped so they’ll install bee mesh at the top of the chimney. Our technician will also check that there are no other ways honeybees can access the chimney and seal any cracks in the masonry and leading surrounding the stack. The chimney will need to be swept to remove any residual beeswax and debris as this is flammable.