By now most people understand how important honeybees are to the world’s ecology. These important pollinators help grow up a third of our nation’s food, and with drastic decreases worldwide in honeybee populations, due in part to Colony Collapse Disorder, we all need to do our best to help keep these populations up.
If you notice honeybees have made a home in a tree in your yard or the walls of your house and don’t know where to start, call us at (888)-858-7087 to speak with one of our professional licensed beekeepers.
You might think this is a seasonal issue that will go away with time, however bee colonies can last up to 10 years in some places, constantly building their hive and producing honey. Even if the bees move on after several years, they will leave behind wax and sugar from their honey, which unguarded will attract rodents and all kinds of other bugs. It will also be harder to determine where the affected area is after the bees have left.
The best option for the bees and the homeowner is to have them safely removed from the structure by one of our beekeeping experts. If a hive is in a wall of a house our team will use thermal cameras to pinpoint the exact affected area to minimize the necessary construction.
Removing honeybees from a wall requires carpentry experience. A novice beekeeper can cause more damage than good if they are not experts in carpentry.
An experienced beekeeper will identify the location of the bees with an infrared camera, use a smoker to calm the bees, use a bee vacuum and other professional tools to remove the honeybees safely, extract the hive, clean the affected area, apply pesticide to deter honeybees from returning to the empty hive, fill the open area with insulation and replace the wall with the original material whenever possible.
Trustworthy honeybee removal companies will have plenty of pictures. Choose a company that has more than just a few examples.
Because there are many species of bees, a beekeeper must have extensive knowledge of the different techniques to safely and effectively remove the bees.
Make sure they have a valid business license and have many years of experience in the bee removal field.
A reputable bee removal company will have good ratings online on platforms such as Google. Be wary of businesses that have too few good reviews. Itâ€™s not unusual for novice companies to ask friends and family to create favorable reviews.
Read the warranty or guarantee agreement carefully. A good bee removal company will warranty a removal requiring a repair for at least a year.
Some companies operate with little or no insurance. Companies should have both liability and workers' compensation insurance. This is a good precaution against accidents caused by bee smokers causing fires or beekeepers falling from roofs or trees.