If you have an established colony of bees in your chimney, roof or under tiling, most bee keepers will not collect these but if you click on this pdf document below there are 5 bee keepers who may be able to help:
If this bee is entering your roof at eves level bee keepers do not collect these bumble bees.
Also it would require scaffolding to remove them! However if you are seeing bees encircling the entrance, these are drones waiting for a virgin queen to emerge.This signifies the end of the colony as the queens are about to leave & to hibernate or set up 2nd home elsewhere. So please do not ring anyone on the swarm list as we have been inundated with calls and there is nothing bee keepers can do. Just wait until all activity ceases and close off their entry point to prevent another colony taking up residence. Clickherefor details of their life cycle.
If you want to read about the life cycle on bumble bees in general clickhere.
Bailey Comb Change If your brood frames are in need of replacement, say more than 2 years old, then they are best replaced using the Bailey Comb Change method. This is best done in the spring when there is a good nectar flow, say March onwards. Click herefor details of the procedure.
Creamed Honey If you have Oil Seed Rape nearby you will need to take off your honey crop as soon as it stops flowering and to make your honey more saleable you might like to try creaming your honey. Click on this pdf document for details:
Autumn & Winter Feeding A colony will need 16/18 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document below on autumn & winter feeds.
Thymol Treatment Recipe If you have several hives, using Apiguard can be quite expensive. Have a look at this Thymol Treatment Recipe which if you buy a 500g Tub from Thornes can cost about 1/5 of the cost to treat the same number of colonies.