Removing bees from a roof space.
Here are a selection of photographs showing the removal of an established colony of bees from under a porch roof. The bees had been in residence for over two years, but were now unfortunately causing a nuisance to neighbours, due to the large number of bees flying.
They were all very calm during the removal process and are now firmly established in a new hive at home.
The bees were entering the roof space in the corner above the gutter.
With tiles and battens removed, I set about cutting the roofing felt.
Peeling back the roofing felt reveals all. The bees are all very calm and there are lots of them.
A beautifully presented colony in a dry, warm and secure environment.
With the comb removed, I had to now capture the remaining bees. This proved awkward because they didnt want to go into the skep at first.
All brood comb was placed into a box to be presented back to the colony, secured in frames and held with rubber bands. 10lbs of honey was given to the house owner.