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Bee nests in chimneys

Posted by TerryR-385906 - Created: 4 years ago
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Posted by Dibbyspot - 4 years ago

The issue of the colonies being between the flue and the external wall means you have to get the temperatuve well up which is a bit impractical.

As to the bees dying this is normal and in some cases bees die out normlly they have an infection called Verroa which is a mite. You may find that they go of their own accord if they are dying in quantity they will either die or go!

Maybe worth running a fire in your woodburner where you can.

 

 

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Posted by Dibbyspot - 4 years ago

The issue of the colonies being between the flue and the external wall means you have to get the temperatuve well up which is a bit impractical.

As to the bees dying this is normal and in some cases bees die out normlly they have an infection called Verroa which is a mite. You may find that they go of their own accord if they are dying in quantity they will either die or go!

Maybe worth running a fire in your woodburner where yu can.

 

 

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Posted by buster-784461 - 4 years ago

If they were honey bee swarms they usually settle near to their original site and the 'scouts' go out looking for a permenent home, so they move on after a day or so.

The dead ones may just be the older ones!

http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/about-bee-nests.html

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Posted by TerryR-385906 - 4 years ago

The plot is thickening! Despite us having done nothing, both colonies seem to have died out or moved on. Bees have stopped coming into the house and there are none visible around the chimney pots at either end of the house.

The last bees that came into the house seemed sick and rapidly died.

We have only been in this house 18 months. Is it possible that the previous owners had some kind of treatment done in the chimneys and that it is still active? If so, how many years can we reasonably expect this to keep working?

I repeat that we did nothing, both colonies died out / moved away of their own accord.

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Posted by tinkatonk - 4 years ago

Hi

There is a list of people who will collect bees (if this is possible in your situation) on Chris Luck's planete passion website...

http://www.planetepassion.eu/WILDLIFE-IN-FRANCE/Collection-of-bee-swarms-in-France-English-speaking.html

 

sorry the link is not clickable from an ipad.

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Posted by christina1956-430591 - 4 years ago

hi 

we had the same problem last year , we have a steel flu which is inside the concrete chimney,the bees were as you say in between they started to come out the bottom vent of the fire and into the lounge and there were quite a few , we had to light the fire to get some smoke up there they eventually went after a week !!! but with all the smoke we have to re decorate as it creates lots of black as you can imagine .

It was roasting outside in the sunshine and roasting inside  the house , people going past must have thought we were crazy having a fire lit !

Good look 

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Posted by TerryR-385906 - 4 years ago

THe bees are mainly entering and leaving via the chimney pots - we can see them from the ground. A few (a few bees are a lot, if you see what I mean) are finding their way down the two chimneys and into the house. The chimney stacks themselves are cast concrete so I don't think they will do any damage.

The smoky fire technique is not really viable. One of the chimneys has a wood burner at the bottom with a flue that runs up inside the chimney but the bees seem to be between the flue and the old chimney. The other one is a similar situation but it's the central heating flue. In neither case is there a useable fireplace at the bottom.

 

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Posted by Dibbyspot - 4 years ago

Assuming these are honey bees there are a couple of things you could do;

+ firstly wait Bees often come in and then move off again - this assumes you didnt have bees in the chimney at some point in the pass.

+ If the chimneys are accessible light some smokey hessian which should smoke them out  - do this late at night whan all the bees are in doors.

Finally, and regretably, it is likley that the bees have found some void in the house and are entering via the chimney. You need to act quickly to stop them building  a colony go to the local Mairie and ask if they know of a local beekeeper who can help. It is possible they may need to be destroyed.