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How To Stop Bees In Your Chimney!


Do you live in the Plymouth Area and have a empty chimney or do you not use yours very much? well if thats you there is a risk that a swam moving in, more so around Plymouth. it is getting more and more common these days.

Yes its nice to see the honey bees, but not inside your home in their hundreds if not thousands. don't panic their is a way to prevent this by using a Insect Cowl this is the product we use at

Plymouth Pest Control.

The cowl will be used as a cap to block the top of the chimney off to prevent insects such as the bees but thats not the only positive it also prevents water from entering the chimney. Moisture can enter the flue every time it rains, without a the cap water will run down the bricks which could cause damage to your loft, walls and celling.

Installing the cap will save you time and money in the future, not only to stop the bee problem from reoccurring but will also reduce unwanted heat loss.


Unless you think you need specialist advice you can actually fit your own chimney cowls quite easily as long as you work safe, (correct access equipment) and are competent to do so. Before attempting any chimney cowl installation,


The next step is to make sure you are working on the correct flue and pot. I know this sounds obvious but mistakes do happen and I have come across cowls fitted to the wrong pot, so I know it happens. Mix ups like this can be dangerous so don’t take chances

Unless you are confident on ladders and access equipment, it may be easier and safer to bring in a professional chimney cowl fitter or roofer.


A chimney cowl is normally a metal attachment that fixes to the top of a chimney pot to enhance or improve the basic function of the chimney pot or chimney flue,


Cost of fitting a chimney cowl" width="60" height="60" As an example of fitting costs, you should allow for an average £120 fitting charge for most standard easy to reach pots, with the cost of purchasing the cowl being an extra. Multiple cowls on the same stack should not increase the fitting price for standard designs, although very high or hard to reach chimney stacks may increase costs if the installer needs to set up multiple times. Obviously if scaffolding is required that will also be an added extra.


If you have already had a swarm moved in Contact Us for some expert advice or even drop us and email because this processes can be fairly tricky at times. if the bees have moved in less than 3 weeks they are a lot easier to move on than a bee hive which has been their for a few years due to the hive being a lot bigger which means their will be more comb and more challenging to clean up. the comb will need to be removed because other bees will be attracted to the existing comb and more bees will just move in. after the process is complete and the bees are no longer in the chimney and the comb has been cleaned up, that is when you put the Insect Cowl which is the easy part.

not sure if you have bees? have a look at our wasp page you will be surprised how many people get honey bees and wasp mixed up so its worth a read.

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