Honey Bee Removal
Honey Bee Removal
We handle the removal process from start to finish!
Honey Bee Struggles?
Have honey bees taken up residence in your home or business? Don’t worry – we can help. At Animal Remover, we specialize in honey bee removal and extraction for bees in walls. Not only can a colony of honey bees living in the wall be unsightly due to the honey stains but it can also be very dangerous as it can cause damage and attract other unwanted insects when the honey and wax soaks into the wooden supports. Honey bee hives become especially dangerous if someone treats the bees but doesn’t remove the honeycomb. Some honey bee hives are 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 bee removal as soon as possible.
Honey bee hives are constantly growing. Once the current hive becomes too crowded they will start searching for a new hive to expand. This is called swarming. A large group of the hive and the queen will set out on their own. First, they send out scout bees. Scout bees are honey bees that are tasked with finding a newer more suitable hive. They will search for a gap or crack around the structure that is suitable for entry. They will enter the gap or crack in hopes that it opens into a much larger more suitable space. Often this larger space could be a wall void, a soffit, or an attic. If the space is suitable, the scout bee will return to the swarm and the swarm will quickly move into the new hive site and start working. Honey bees create comb in which they use to produce larvae which will very quickly result in adult bees. They will also use the comb to store their honey in which they use for food. Honey bees will typically build out their comb to whatever size space is available. The hive will continue to grow.
We provide honey bee extraction, in-wall removal, and cut out services. Below you can review our 15-step bee removal process. As part of our wildlife control services, we also do the repairs to keep the bees out for the future. This 15-step process has been carefully prepared after years of experience in successful honey bee in wall removal.
Animal Remover Honey Bee Removal Process
Step 1 – Inspection: we start by responding to the property to perform a free inspection. We will inspect the space in question to determine if it indeed is housing honey bees. Once a current hive is determined to be present we start out by finding the entry point. The entry is usually obvious but sometimes may be more difficult to find especially if it’s up high. Our honey bee removal specialists come prepared with ladders and can access almost any structure. Once we locate the entry point we find out where the comb is. The comb is usually close to the entry point but may be several feet away. Next, we gather some data using an infrared thermometer to determine how large the comb is. After we combine our data we develop a plan for extraction, removal, and exclusion.
Step 2 – Plan: next we will develop a custom plan for you tailored to your specific situation. We will provide a worksheet which will quote the cost for the remaining steps in the process. This will be presented to you in the form of an Animal Intrusion Worksheet.
Step 3 – Prepare: honey bee extraction, removal, and exclusion usually involves removing siding, roofing, and drywall to gain access to the comb. If removing combs from an exterior wall void, we typically work from the outside to not disturb the interior. Sometimes comb is built between the floor and ceiling, or inside an interior wall void. If the comb is within an interior wall void we must close off all the entry points to the room, tape all the vents, tape around light fixtures, tape under doors that lead to other interior rooms, and cover the floor with vinyl drop cloths to prevent the bees from escaping to other rooms.
Step 4 – Suit Up: our honey bee removal specialist suit up for the extraction. We wear white bee suits because it makes the bees feel much more comfortable as most of their predators like bears, raccoons, and skunks are dark in color. We also wear veils over our heads and gloves over our hands to prevent the bees from stinging. We do our best to keep the bees as calm as possible. This is good for us and good for the honey bees.
Step 5 – Calm the Bees: we use a bee smoker at the entrance of the hive. This calms the bees down preventing them from releasing their alarm pheromones that will send the entire hive into defense mode. We also use the bee smoker through the duration of the process to keep them as comfortable as possible.
Step 6 – Cut Out: we cut a small hole where the comb is located. This gives us a better idea of exactly how large the comb is. Then we cut out the hole larger and larger to expose all the comb.
Step 7- Honey Bee Removal: then we start removing the bees using a specialized bee vacuum. The bee vacuum is designed to not harm the bees. In fact, our bee vacuums put the bees right into the new hive as our vacuum is a unit that attaches to the top of a 10-frame deep box. The 10-frame deep box also comes equip with frames on the inside so the bees have something to hold on to throughout the removal process. We continuously work using the bee vacuums until most of the bees have been captured. It’s not possible to capture every single honey bee as some bees will be in flight for the duration of the process. Though they will be removed shortly as they will follow the hive.
Step 8 – Queen Location: 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. At the time of removal, the hive may, in fact, be queenless. The honey bees may be in the middle of creating a new queen. If this is the case we still proceed with removal as usual.
Step 9 – Comb Removal: we start removing the comb. Removing the comb involves very carefully cutting it out to keep it intact as much as possible. We do this to keep the hive as intact as possible and to 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. The honey bee will be able to work within the hive and attach their comb to the frames. This will allow the bees to not have to start from scratch in the new hive.
Step 10 – Scraping: during this step, it is very important that we get all the remaining comb and scrape off as much as possible as it will serve as an attractant for new honey bees. We use specialized tools to scrape off remaining comb and wax. Comb or honey that is left behind will also serve as an attractant to ants, roaches, beetles, and moths. So, it’s very important that this step is done correctly and thoroughly.
Step 11 – Reunite the Bees with their Comb: once the bees and the comb have both been successfully removed we must put them back together. We reunited the bees with the comb by placing the boxes together. We place the box with the comb under our initial honey bee 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.
Step 12-Clean Up: we initiate the cleanup process. We roll up the vinyl drop cloths and peel up the tape. We bag up any remaining comb, wax, or honey. We do not waste anything. Any remaining comb or wax will be kept for processing.
Step 13 – Deodorizer/Disinfectant: we 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 bee from attempting to inhabit the area. This will prevent other insects like roaches, ants, beetles, and moths from inhabiting the space as well.
Step 14 – Repairs: we pack fiberglass batt insulation in the area where the comb and bees were. This will eliminate the dead space and even further prevent new honey bees from returning to the same spot in the future. Next, we repair the damage. The extent of what is offered on repair services will depend upon what is offered through the Animal Remover location in your area. Some Animal Remover locations offer complete repair services such as exterior repairs, drywall, paint, etc. Other locations are only limited to the exterior repairs and arrangements must be made with a drywall/paint company to repair the cut-out area on the inside.
Step 15 – Translocating the Bees: finally we have reached the last step. For the last step, we translocate the bees. Care and consideration for the bees must be taken during this process to ensure their safety. The honey bees cannot get too hot. We translocate the bees to our in-house apiary or we will contact a local beekeeper that needs honey bees.
By following these steps, we set the property owner and bees up for future success.