Is it safe to leave bees in a chimney?

by Richard Ridler, Chairman, Essex Beekeepers

Warning – Bees in Flues Can Kill

All too often swarms end up in chimney flues and become nigh on impossible to remove. If you are asked about bees in chimneys be aware that there is the possibility that they may block the flue forcing deadly gasses back into the house. So don’t tell people that leaving bees in chimneys is safe; it might just not be.