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.