Bee Problems

Bee Hive

        We are NOT licensed to remove the bees  or the beehive.   We can offer some advice on what can possibly be done to keep them out of your chimney in the future.

Bees And Chimneys

        Bees generally swarm during the spring and summer months.   Here in San Diego & Riverside  counties, bees prefer masonry chimneys over prefabs.   That's because the mortar joints in between the pipe sections in a masonry chimney allow for a place for the bees to grab onto to start building the hive.   The good thing is that there is a fix for a masonry fireplace.   There is no fix for a prefab  fireplace system.

        If you catch a swarm of bees within the first day or two, before they start building a hive, the best thing to do is start a fire immediately, even if it's 100 degrees outside.   Wait too long, even a couple of days, if you light the fire and the hive is too big, you run the risk of having the smoke enter your house.

        Once you've had a problem with bees, you will to continue having a problem with bees.   Even if a hive is removed, the pheromones are left behind by the bees will attract other bees.
        When locating a bee company, make sure that they REMOVE  the hive and not simply kill the bees, leaving the hive behind.   We do not have the equipment or training to remove hives.

        Make sure that the bee company removes the hive FROM THE BOTTOM UP.   Pushing the hive down will put the hive in the offset area behind the damper (known as the smoke shelf).   If the hive is here, it's almost impossible to remove.   Also, if the bee company pushes the hive down into the smoke shelf, they could completely blocking the damper so that it can NOT open and we may not be able to remove the damper.

        Do not allow the bee company to screen material over the top of the chimney.   Bees can get into any area as small as 1/4".   Some bee companies will put window screen at the top.   This is completely against building code.   (In California, building code requires that the screen be 5/8" which will allow bees to enter the chimney.)   Fine-mesh screen will also cause a major smoking problem, which can cause smoke damage to your furniture, carpeting and walls.   Many bee companies will also "mortar in"  the screen at the top which makes it impossible for us to clean the chimney since masonry chimneys are usually swept from the top down.   A solution in the case of a masonry chimney is what is called a top sealing damper  which closes off the top of the flue and prevents the bees from even entering the chimney.

        In a prefab metal fireplace system, screening material over the top of the chimney may result in the prefab system to overheat.   You cannot make any  modifications to a prefab system.   If a system fire occurs in a prefab due to modifications made to your system, your homeowners insurance may not  pay for damages.

        The best way to take care of a bee problem is to be pro-active.   If you see bees hanging out at the top of the chimney, and it's been just a short time, light your fireplace!

Install A Top Sealing Damper

        If the bees are coming into your masonry chimney, a top sealing Damper  can be the best deterrent.   When the damper plate at the top is tightly sealed against the assembly's thick rope gasket, it's very difficult for the bees to get in.   The likelihood  is that you won't see them in the house or buzzing in the chimney anymore!

        Please visit our webpage on Top Sealing Dampers  to learn more about them and to view pictures of what they look like installed.

Bird & Beehive Removal Services

        Since the top portion of your chimney is isolated high above ground, it becomes an irresistible nesting spot for birds.   Like high branches in trees, your chimney also is attractive to bees that are looking for a place to build and maintain a hive.

Birds: Dirty, Noisy, Dangerous House Guests

        Birds bring in debris to build nests, and those nests can block your flue and can create a fire hazard (since the materials birds use are highly flammable).   Birds also fill your chimney with annoying sounds, nasty diseases and unwanted smells.

        Having federally protected birds move into your chimney.   They are beautiful birds, but they are drawn to roosting in chimneys.   And once they're in, their federal protection status means that they can NOT be removed or their nests.

        Even if you love birds, they make quite inconsiderate and dangerous house guests.   A chimney without a chimney cap or top-sealing damper, there is nothing really discouraging them from entering.

        Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning technicians are NOT licensed to remove nests from your chimney, but we can prevent birds from moving back in by installing a protective chimney damper or cap.   Properly sized and installed, these will keep birds and any other unwanted animals out of your chimney, for good.

Bees: You Can Not Just Smoke Them Out

        Some homeowners may have heard that they can quickly cure a chimney bee infestation by simply lighting a fire.   This approach can oftentimes do more harm than good.   If the bees have already moved in, the fire will NOT actually encourage them to leave for good.

        At Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning we are also NOT licensed to remove the beehive.   Once the hive has been removed, a chimney cap or top-sealing damper can be installed.   Installing a chimney cap or top-sealing damper will keep the bees from coming back inside your chimney.   damper and caps are available in a number of different styles, so you are bound to find one that meets your needs and desires.

        Once you have had the hive removed, call Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning!   We can prevent them from returning in the future.

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