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Bees caught in skylights

Hi all,

I wondered if anyone can can give me any advice. We have big doors to our kitchen which we open in the summer. Because we get the evening sun it attracts a lot of bees into the house and they then get stuck up in the skylights. Has anyone found a good way to get bees down from skylights and outside without injuring them? It’s way too high for me to reach with the traditional glass and paper! I’m trying to be wildlife friendly so really don’t want them trapped inside or injured. 



  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    edited May 2018
    Shrimp net? Butterflies get up there too. 
    Oh my. I've just googled 'shrimp nets' and the only images are giant things. I meant the sort you used to get at the sea-shore on holidays as a child! Small net on a bamboo cane.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,451
    Bumbles go a bit dopey in the evening so I can usually get them to slowly walk onto my telescopic duster - like feather duster so a soft, bushy thing for them to encounter which they don't seem to see as a threat. Then move it veeerrrry down so I can 'glass and paper' them from the duster and let them out the window. It's OK for one or two bumbles but would take forever to move a lot of bees. We get little damsel flies in as well - similar problem - they look so fragile.

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • c.k.16c.k.16 Posts: 7
    Good ideas thanks guys - I’ll try them
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,069
    I take it the skylights don't open?
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Why not stop them from getting in in the first place by using a string curtain in the doorway?
  • c.k.16c.k.16 Posts: 7
    No the skylights don’t open which is our problem :( a good idea as well Alan but we have big bifold doors so don’t think I’d find one big enough (Also partly defeats the point of bifold doors then as well!). 
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