Sometimes you will come across what looks like a clump of bees hanging out on a car, a tree limb, or even as a pile on the ground. This is what is known as a Swarm, and it happens when a new colony is looking for place to make its permanent home.
The swarm will consist mostly of female (or worker) bees, all clumping together to stay near the queen and her pheromones. At the same time the male, or Drone Bees as they’re called, will scout out new locations to build their nest. Swarms can contain thousands of bees and weigh up to 5 lbs.
Because they have no hive and honey to protect, bees in swarm are at their most docile. However, you should never try to move a swarm yourself unless you’re an experienced beekeeper.
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.