Have honey bees taken up residence in your home or business? Are you hearing a buzzing sound in the wall? Are you finding live bees inside We can help with the honey bee removal process from start to finish!
At Custom Pest Solutions, we specialize in honey bee removal and the extraction of bees from structures. A colony of honey bees living in the wall can cause major damage if the honey soaks into the wooden supports, it causes honey stains on walls and can also attract unwanted wildlife and insects such as rats, mice, squirrels, ants, roaches, and moths. Honey bee hives become especially dangerous if someone treats them with insecticide as they can become very aggressive and will chase and sting anyone who comes near the hive. The larger the hive becomes, the more likely you are to experience major problems, which is why you should seek out professional bee removal as soon as possible.
Because hives are constantly growing and eventually become too crowded, honey bees will start searching for a new hive to expand. They first send out scout bees that are tasked with finding a newer more suitable hive. This is called swarming. They will search for a gap or crack around the structure that is suitable for entry in hopes that it opens into a much larger, suitable space like a wall void, a soffit, or an attic. When they finally find the right space, the scout bee will return to the swarm and bring them back to quickly move into their new space and start working on their new hive. They will create a comb which they use to produce larvae that very quickly become adult bees, and to store their honey for food. Honey bees will typically build out their comb to whatever size space is available. The hive will continue to grow and overpopulate, and the swarming process will begin all over again.
We start by performing a free inspection to determine if the problem is indeed honey bees. Once a current hive is determined to be present, we will search out the entry point which can be obvious but sometimes may be more difficult to find depending on the height. Then the hive can be usually found close to the entry point but in some cases may be several feet away. Next, we determine the size of the comb by using a thermal imaging camera.
Next, we take all the information gathered and develop a customized plan to resolve your specific bee problem. This can include removing siding, roofing, and drywall to gain access to the comb. By cutting out the building material we can fully expose the hive. We will provide you with a quote for all aspects of the planned extraction and removal of the beehive. And as part of our wildlife control services, we also provide a quote for the entry-point repairs and the exclusion to keep the bees out in the future.
Once we start the removal process, our expert technicians wear white bee suits to make the bees feel much more comfortable and use a specialized no-kill honey bee vacuum. The bee vacuum is specifically designed to capture them quickly whilst not harming them. And some of our bee vacuums put the bees right into their new hive.
We inspect the exposed comb and do our best to locate the queen. This step is very important as the queen is the most important honey bee to find. If we are successful in finding the queen the hive has a much better chance of success.
After the bees are captured, we start removing the comb very carefully, cutting it out to keep it as intact as possible. This will help prevent honey from dripping into areas where it is not wanted. As we remove the comb, we install it into beehive frames and position it in place with rubber bands. This will allow the bees to work within the hive and attach their comb to the frames and not have to start from scratch in the new hive.
Next, we use specialized tools to scrape off all the remaining comb and wax. Comb or honey that is left behind will not only be an attractant for new honey bees but will also serve as an attractant to rats, mice, wildlife and other insects such as ants, roaches, beetles, and moths. So, it is very important that this step be done correctly and thoroughly. We also fog the areas where the comb and wax were with an antimicrobial deodorizer/disinfectant. By eliminating the smell and cleaning the area we lessen the chance of new honey bees from attempting to move into the area. This will also prevent other wildlife and insects from inhabiting the space as well.
Once the bees and the comb have both been successfully removed, we must put them back together. We reunite the bees with the comb by placing the boxes together. We place the box with the comb under our initial honeybee containment box. This will allow the bees to climb up into the second box that contains their comb. The bees will start to get used to living and working in their new hive.
Lastly, the entry points and interior will be repaired as per the agreement made during the quote process. There are some repairs that we can and will complete but there may be some repairs that we cannot. At the time of your quote we will discuss this information and will help you make the appropriate arrangements.
Are honeybees dangerous?
Honeybees are not an aggressive stinging insect. Generally speaking, if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. If they are provoked or think their nest may be in danger, they will go on the defense and sting. Unlike others of their nature, these stinging insects can only sting once. Their sting has the potential to cause an allergic reaction for people who have an allergy to stinging insects. If the stinger is not removed it can be quite painful.
Will the bees be killed, or removed live and relocated?
Since honey bees are so vital to our environment, most reputable pest control companies will not kill them unless there is an immediate danger to people or no other option. Rather than killing the bees, we try to save them at every opportunity. We use specialized equipment, such as bee vacuums and boxes to collect the live bees and relocate them to safer locations.
What are the most common locations for beehives?
Bees and wasps build their colonies in different locations depending on the species. But in general, they all prefer locations that they consider to be safe, quiet and undisturbed. Most common locations for hives and nests include: Trees and shrubs Under eaves Attics Garages Wall voids Barns Sheds Below ground (old rodent burrows or other cavities)