AROUND 250,000 bees that were living in the chimneys of a house near Salisbury have now been rehomed.

Deborah and Ivan Bone had happily shared their home in East Woodyates with the bees, making up five colonies, for more than 20 years, but concerns rose when more and more were spotted swarming around the property.

With fears for Deborah who is allergic to bee stings, it was decided the colonies needed to be removed.

“It has made a massive difference because although we’ve lived with the bees for 25 years, the numbers have been steadily increasing which was scary for my wife who is allergic," Ivan explained.

If stung, there was a chance Deborah would go into anaphylactic shock.

Housing association Aster Group worked alongside a bee removal company to transfer the insects to safety.

The procedure started with moving the baby bees carefully out of the hives.

The other bees then followed and were moved into safe boxes, that were sealed up and moved away from the premises.

A scaffolder involved in the project, who is also a keen beekeeper, now has the bees in his hives around 15 miles away.

Salisbury Journal: Five bee colonies were discovered in disused chimney flues at a home in SalisburyFive bee colonies were discovered in disused chimney flues at a home in Salisbury

Richard Boyne, of Aster Group, said: “Our customers told us that the bees were only a problem a couple of times a year, when they would swarm out of the chimneys and bounce into the windows.

“Of course, when we learned that our customer had a serious bee allergy and has to carry an EpiPen with them, we knew that we had to work very carefully.”

During their time at the house, the bees, living in disused chimney flues, had created over two metres of honeycomb.

“The workmen worked really hard onsite until 8.30pm some evenings to ensure the safe removal and rehoming of the bees,” Ivan added.

Salisbury Journal: Honeycomb from bee colonies removed from home in SalisburyHoneycomb from bee colonies removed from home in Salisbury

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