Honey Bee Removal
So, you think you may have a honey bee removal project on your hands? At Priority Pest Services, we do not remove honey bees but, hopefully, the following information will help you get those bees out and away from your home.
First, are you sure you are dealing with a colony of honey bees in your yard? Or, could it be a different type of insect. If they are honey bees, the second question is, are they bothering anyone or causing a safety issue? If not, suggest leave them alone.
What if you think there may be a colony of bees in your wall? Well, that is another issue entirely. Bees in the walls of your home could become a safety issue to your family and pets. Therefore, in the case of a bee infestation, it is always best to consult someone specifically trained to remove them properly and safely.
In our local areas of Hampton Roads, there are several resources to help you with a honey bee infestation like The BeeKeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia, the Tidewater Beekeepers Association and the BeeRemovalSource, to name a few.
When it comes to bees, they are better off with a bee specialist intent on removing them while protecting them at the same time, if possible. The typical pest control company may not “bee” so nice to the bees. Many pest control companies will kill the bees and that is a shame. Honey bees are such important pollinators and are well worth much more their weight in gold. Regardless, when it comes down to you and your family’s safety, the bees have to go.
With a bee infestation, each situation is unique, so there is not a common solution that works in all cases. In the case of honey bees, honey bee removal is not always the best choice. The point is, honey bees are quite valuable as pollinators. In the United States, approximately one-third of our crops benefit from the pollinating work of honey bees.
The destruction of any honey bees should always be a last resort and, many times, there are ways to salvage a colony and relocate the bees. Whether a honey bee colony can be salvaged depends on the size and location of the colony and several other factors.
Is It Honey Bees, Or Another Type Of Stinging Insect?
As with all home pest infestations, the first step is to determine exactly what type of pest is present and their habits. For example, bumble bees normally will not reside in a wall nest while honey bees prefer the protection of being within a wall. Honey bees build waxed honeycomb nests while other stinging insects build wood-fiber or paper nests.
If you can find a dead insect from the infestation, save it for inspection, as this will help to identify exactly what type of pest is infesting your home. If the dead insect is a hairy bee, it may be a honey bee. If it is smooth, instead, it may be another type of bee called a yellow jacket. On the other hand, you could be dealing with carpenter bees, wasps or hornets. Identifying exactly what pest you are dealing with is key to removing the infestation quickly.
Dealing with honey bee removal, or removal of any type of bee is something many pest control companies avoid. Many argue that bees should not be killed. Frankly, the truth is that when it comes to a matter of personal safety, every homeowner will choose their family’s safety over a colony of bees.
Regardless, the shortage of bees we are experiencing now many blame on current pesticide drifts and their natural enemies of mites and beetles. So, if the bees are not causing damage to your home or endangering your family, and it is possible to safely leave them alone, that is always the preferred solution.
Honey Bee Removal Or Leave Them “Bee?”
An immediate concern with bees is if someone is allergic to bee stings. Honey bees, like most stinging insects that nest socially, will sting to protect their colony. If you are dealing with a honey bee, or any nest of stinging insects, we suggest you keep a minimum distance of 10 feet, to avoid the bees defending against a threat to their nest by coming too close.
If the situation becomes a honey bee removal project, be sure that anyone with allergies is not in the vicinity.