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Bees In Your Chimney? Don’t Smoke Them Out!

It’s not uncommon to discover some unwanted visitors in your chimney from time to time. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and, yes, even bees are known for setting up camp in this warm, strong structure and it can lead to a lot of hassle on the part of the homeowner. You’ll be forced to put off your burning season until the problem is resolved and then clean up any messes that the critters left behind. All in all, it’s a big issue and investing in professional help is typically the best route to take to get fast and efficient results.

Many chimney companies will handle the removal of certain creatures, but bees are not usually one of them. Well, we like to set ourselves apart from the rest here at Weststar Chimney, which is why we’ll remove bees and their hive, so you can get back to enjoying your system to the fullest. Learn more below!Bees In Your Chimney - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Why Lighting A Fire Won’t Work

It’s not unheard of for people to consider simply smoking the bees out. For some reason this is a proposed solution that people have passed down for years but is actually a very ineffective method for getting rid of the issue. Most assume the smoke and flames will encourage the bees to leave, after which they can simply remove the hive and get back to their day-to-day routine. Problem solved, right? Wrong.

What will actually happen is the honey will melt and spread down the sides of your chimney, enhancing the smell and attracting more bees down the line. Once the honey melts down the walls of your chimney, getting rid of it is a lot more challenging, and you’ll be facing some strong smells (and likely, more bees) well into the future.

Trust our professionals to safely remove the hive, so you don’t have to stress. All you’ll have to do is make a simple phone call to our team, and we’ll handle the rest. After we’re done, you’ll be free to enjoy the upcoming burning season to the fullest! It’s the right choice to make, so get in touch with us today.

Preventing The Return Of More Bees

So, our experts removed the pests, and now you’re eager to get your fireplace up and running. We don’t blame you! But first, make sure you’re adequately protected from any future invasions by having a chimney cap installed. Chimney caps have a great reputation for keeping out bees and all types of other curious creatures, as well, so you won’t need to worry about bad odors, clogs, or any other similar issues down the line.

Chimney caps also keep out rain, block downdrafts, limit debris build up, and serve as spark arrestors. All in all, they’re a great and highly affordable investment. Well worth it!

We also install top-sealing dampers, so if you’re looking to upgrade your throat damper now is the time to get it done. These units do everything expected from a damper, along with working alongside your chimney cap to keep out bad weather and animals. They seal tight, so you can say hello to a cozier home and goodbye to high energy bills – a great investment all around!

Ready to work with the best? Give us a call now.

We Safely Remove Beehives and Bird Nests from Chimneys

We Safely Remove Beehives and Bird Nests from Chimneys

Since so many trees are being cut down for development and construction, birds, bees, and other wild animals often choose chimneys as places to build a new home. Your chimney is isolated above ground, and this makes it a desired location for these critters to protect themselves from predators. Bees typically build hives in high tree branches, but your chimney can be an attractiveWe Safely Remove Nests from Chimneys- San Diego CA- Weststar Chimney Sweeps site for bees to build and maintain hives. Unfortunately, some homeowners mistakenly believe they can smoke birds, bees, bats, squirrels, and other nesting animals out of the chimney by lighting a fire in the fireplace, but this can lead to a hazardous situation. Weststar Chimney Sweeps is proud to offer beehive and bird (or other animals) nests removal services that are safe and humane. We would like to tell you a bit more about how bees and birds get into your chimney and how we can remove them and prevent them from returning in the future.


Bees typically enter your chimney through cracks, gaps, and weep holes in the masonry work. Another common entry point is the top of your chimney if it is uncapped. If your chimney has been invaded by bees, WikiHow strongly recommends seeking professional assistance to get rid of them as well as their hive. If you try to get them out by lighting a fire in the fireplace, the wax and the honey of the hive will melt and run down the flue. Wax can reach the flash point and ignite a chimney fire that could devastate your home. Honey-coated chimney walls will attract even more bees. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can safely remove the beehive, and we will keep any bees from coming back by either repairing damaged masonry work or installing a chimney cap or top-sealing damper on top of your chimney.


Birds can get inside your chimney if there is no chimney cap on top of your chimney. Not only do birds create fire hazards by building nests with highly flammable materials, but they also bring annoying sounds, unpleasant odors, and insect infestations into the chimney. Unfortunately, some species of birds are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means it is illegal to remove them from their nesting spots. After the birds have left on their own in the fall, Weststar Chimney Sweeps can remove the nests from your chimney to prevent a flue blockage that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and chimney fires. We can then install a chimney cap with mesh metal sides or a top-sealing damper on top of the chimney to prevent any more birds from entering your chimney.

If you are hearing the buzzing sounds of bees or the chirping noises of birds inside your chimney, contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps. You can trust us to safely remove beehives and bird nests and to keep these creatures from getting back into your chimney.

We Provide Professional Beehive Removal Services

Don't take on these pests alone - call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

Don’t take on these pests alone – call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

One of the most commonly found pests inside a chimney, bees will arrive in a swarm to build their bee hive on the interior walls of your flue. Your chimney actually provides an optimum environment for bees to set up their new home. Although you may think that bees are simply a minor nuisance, this is not the case. Bees can actually cause a great deal of structural damage to your chimney. Removing the bee hive can be quite a challenge, and, according to Buzz About Bees, many experts on these insects recommend you hire a professional to do this tricky job for you. If you ever find yourself sharing your chimneys with a swarm of bees, you can contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to safely remove the bee hive from your chimney. We would like to tell you more about the damage that can be a result of bees building their hive in your chimney and how we can help you with this problem.

Why would bees choose a chimney as a location for a hive?

The queen and some of the worker bees of an existing colony of bees find a new location for their hive, and once this location has been chosen, the bee swarm arrives to build its hive. Bees look for any kind of warmer cavity or sheltered area above ground, and this makes your chimney a perfect candidate.

What kind of structural damage can bees do to a chimney?

A bee hive grows quickly and expands in size, and if this hive is not removed, it can come into contact with moisture barriers and building felt, which could cause irreparable damage. Also, if the bee hive is abandoned, the wax and honey left behind melts into the surfaces beneath it. This can cause dry rot and mold growth if the bee hive is not removed.

Why do I need to hire a professional to remove a bee hive?

Removing a large bee hive can be a very elaborate process. Weststar Chimney Sweeps will use special equipment and protective gear that was specifically designed for this job. We also use our years of experience along with special skills and knowledge needed to correctly remove the bee hive from your chimney. We will take notes about the advancement of the hive, how long the bees populated the hive, and the amount of honey and beeswax that was left inside the hive.

Can I not just light a fire to smoke the bees out?

Lighting a fire can cause more harm than good. If the bees have been living in the hive, a fire will not be enough to drive them away for good. What typically happens is the heat melts the honey down the walls of your chimney, and this smell can attract even more bees to your home.

Need a bee hive removed from your chimney? Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule a visit from one of our bee hive removal experts.