You can try, but success is not always the outcome. The colony could be 10 feet or more from the entrance and using commercially available poisons may not be successful. Paying a professional exterminator may be more expensive than having them removed. Even the professionals don’t have a 100% success rate. In fact, many exterminators would rather refer you to a beekeeper that does removals. Even if you are successful in killing them, that is just the start of your battle. Not only are you exposing yourself, your children, and pets to the poisons you have soaked your house with, but you now have a wall or ceiling full of dead bees, larvae, pollen, wax, and honey. Honey has high hygroscopic properties, which means it will absorb moisture out of the air. This will cause the honey to ferment and seep through drywall. Once drywall is damaged, it will not hold paint, and must be replaced. The dead bees and fermenting honey will start to smell and attract other pests like ants, mice, rats, moths, beetles, etc. Please keep in mind that once you try poisoning the bees, there is no turning back. I know of no beekeeper that will remove bees that have been treated with poison.
Honeybees will be introduced into a traditional beehive and placed in an isolated apiary for observation. Once the colony becomes established in their new home and show no signs of disease or pest infestation, they will be moved into a communal apiary. Many times the bees will need to be fed to help them recover and rebuild from the removal or trapping.
All other types of bees will be disposed of in a safe and humane manner without the use of poisons or pesticides. We are currently in the process of making arrangements to provide these bees to a laboratory that will use the bee venom for sting-allergic patients.
Yes and no. The heart of the colony is the queen. Without the queen a colony will dwindle and die out. Capturing the queen in physical removals is about a 50/50 chance. When trapping a colony, a lure queen needs to be purchased, as the original queen will be killed/die off. There is also the inherent risk that the colony is diseased. Packages of bees (inspected and disease free) can be purchased for about $50, therefore the effort to remove/trap bees is not worth it for just the value of the bees. Low hanging swarms, because of the ease of capture, is the only situation where the effort is worth the value of the bees.
We have no problem leaving you a section of comb honey to enjoy, but the remainder of the comb and honey must be taken for the bees to use. The comb will be inserted in wooden frames and given back to the bees in the new hive. The honey will be fed back to them so they can replace the comb that was damaged and feed the developing young bees as they recover from the removal.
Absolutely! There are never enough beekeepers. If you would like to get started with your swarm or removal, we will gladly provide mentoring. We can even help set you up with the needed equipment and supplies.
Simple answer is NO. All of our methods involve removing the bees alive. We don’t believe in the unnecessary use of poisons and pesticides due to the damage they cause to the environment. I wouldn't use them in my home or expose my family to them, so I will not use them in your home either. After the removal, I will instruct you on how to rid yourself of any stragglers that may be left behind in a safe manner.
Think twice before you decide to kill honeybees. They are vital to our food supply. Roughly 30% of the food you eat has been pollinated by honeybees. If you have been following the news lately, you are probably aware of the perils that the honeybee is facing with Colony Collapse Disorder and the effects it can cause to our food supply.
Also, don’t underestimate the damage that can occur to your property if honeybees are not removed alive.
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