So, you’ve discovered bees on your property – maybe you have a swarm visiting, maybe you have a colony of bees that have moved into a tree, your walls, shed or even in the space between the floors of your home.
They obviously can’t stay there. Even if you are a friend of nature, it is dangerous for share space with bees, particularly in an urban area. CALL US AT BEE REMOVAL RALEIGH for friendly, expert advice. We offer free estimates, the lowest price and best warranty in the business and have two generations worth of knowledge and experience making us experts in every aspect of bee removal in Raleigh.
There are a few things you should know about your new friends, the bees. There are many different types of bees and wasps are commonly mistaken for bees by the non-expert. We are all familiar with the honey bee, and have heard a lot about their declining numbers. It is important to know that although bee populations have diminished nation-wide, beekeepers and other bee removal professionals such as ourselves, are doing great work in the rescue and relocation of European and Italian honey bees. Whenever possible, these bees are gently captured and then safely moved into rural areas more appropriate for their survival.
a bee ‘SWARM” may appear in the Spring and represents a group of several thousand bees, all pressed together into a writhing mass of bees. This can be alarming to see attached to the outside of a tree limb, overhang or affixed to a structure. Please give these bees a lot of room and do not attempt to disturb them. Although bee swarms are not usually aggressive, if startled or made to feel threatened, they can and do attack. This is a great time to call upon a bee expert who can offer advice and tips to make sure this swarm does in fact move on and away from your property.
a bee “COLONY” is made up of tens of thousands of bees, up to 50,000 bees, that have taken up residence by way of creating a hive within a hollow in a tree or the structure of a wall or other space inside a structure. This is a far more serious problem as it grows larger and larger every day. A colony of bees will not voluntarily abandon a hive once it has been established. This means there are only two ways to remove them.
#1, by live removal. This is our preference as beekeepers as it keeps one more colony of bees out there in the world. Live removal involves opening the space the bees are inside and physically removing them. If done professionally, the majority of the colony survives the intrusion and can be relocated to an area more suitable for their survival. With the space exposed, we then clean out all the hive and honey material, clean and treat the space, fill the void and repair the structure. This construction project, with the added complication of tens of thousands of live bees, is only safely and efficiently done by experts with many years of beekeeping and carpentry experience. Make sure the experts you employ in this regard also hold all licenses and insurance to protect you from any liability or damage and that you get a warranty on the service. If this job is not done correctly, any remaining hive or honeycomb will attract other pests and rodents or even a new bee infestation. If the bees are not completely removed, particularly the queen, it will only rebuild and within a matter of days you will find yourself facing the same problem you just paid to have corrected. You can avoid all problems by calling us first – we guarantee your complete satisfaction with our expertise, low pricing and warranty on all removals.
#2, by extermination. This is usually done only if the bees are dangerously aggressive or in a location which prohibits their safe live removal. Although we value all bees, we must put the safety of occupants first. There are some tricky spaces we have encountered bee colonies where they simply cannot be reached or building materials such as concrete or brick that cannot be cut into for live removal. It is important in the case of extermination that it is accomplished in such a way that the dead bees do not create a secondary nuisance from within the space. Dead bees will smell terrible and attract other pests and rodents.
In either scenario, if there is hive material left behind inside the space you face secondary problems that may make you wish the bees were back. This material always needs to be removed to complete a total removal and make sure you do not suffer a re-infestation.
How do I find the right bee removal company? Here are some important questions to ask.
1. Do you have experience removing bees from a wall?
Removing honeybees from a wall requires carpentry experience. A novice beekeeper can cause more damage than good if they are not experts in carpentry.
2. What is the process of removing bees from a wall?
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.
3. Do you have pictures of honeybee removals from walls?
Trustworthy honeybee removal companies will have plenty of pictures. Choose a company that has more than just a few examples.
4.How long have you been a beekeeper?
Because there are many species of bees, a beekeeper must have extensive knowledge of the different techniques to safely and effectively remove the bees.
5. How long have you been in business?
Make sure they have a valid business license and have many years of experience in the bee removal field.
6. Do you have references?
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.
7. Do you guarantee your work?
Read the warranty or guarantee agreement carefully. A good bee removal company will warranty a removal requiring a repair for at least a year.
8. Do you have insurance?
Some companies operate with little or no insurance. Companies should have both liability and workmanâ€™s compensation insurance. This is a good precaution against accidents caused by bee smokers causing fires or beekeepers falling from roofs or trees.
4 How to Get Rid of Bees – Do’s and Dont’s.
DO call a professional immediately.
This is the single most important step of bee removal! If you have a bee problem, it’s imperative that you use a professional bee removal expert to fix the situation for you. Their experience, knowledge and skills enable them to effectively remove the bees, quickly and safely, ensuring that no one gets hurt…