An In-depth Look At The Bee Removal Process

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Have honey bees set up shop in your home or place of business? Don’t worry; the Honey Bee Rescuers are here to help. Our Pre-screened beekeepers specialize in honey bee removal and extraction from buildings.

A colony of honey bees dwelling in the wall is not only unsightly because of the honey stains, but it may also be quite dangerous because it can cause damage and attract unwanted pests, including rats, mice, squirrels, ants, and roaches. Honey will soak into the wooden supports as well.

Honey bee extraction, in-wall removal, and hive cut-out services are all solutions for eliminating a honey bee infestation. A simple 10-step bee relocation is outlined below. Bee control experts also offer repairs to keep the bees out in the future. After years of effective honey bee in wall removal, this 10-step procedure has been meticulously created.

Why Rely On Humane Bee Removal Experts?

There are a few issues with the do-it-yourself bee elimination procedure. Bee eradication can be dangerous. You put yourself in serious danger of being stung if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most likely, you lack the necessary equipment to complete the task thoroughly, safely, and humanely. And if your bees are on a roof, a tree, or somewhere else high up, it’s too easy for someone to fall and be gravely wounded.

Second, it is vital to remove all bees, honey, and honeycombs throughout the bee removal process. Even a modest amount of pheromones can attract more bees in the future if left behind. Worse yet, other insects and rodents may be drawn to the honey, causing even more damage. Novices are either unaware of this or lack the necessary expertise to eliminate all original bees’ traces.

Finally, it is rare for homeowners to remove bees in a compassionate manner that does not injure the bees. Honeybees aren’t a bother that should be removed. They’re essential for pollination and agriculture, and they need to be safeguarded. If bees threaten persons or property, live bee removal specialists know how to remove them properly. The bees can then be rehomed in an apiary to continue pollinating and flourishing.

Humane Bee Control Process

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1. Inspection And Planning

Setting up an inspection time is the first step to remove a honey bee infestation. An experienced beekeeper will conduct a thorough risk assessment of your home and identify all entry points, size of the beehive, and determine the best removal option.

Following the assessment, a strategy is discussed with the owner, including the price quote and measures to be performed. After you’ve reached an agreement, it’s time to get rid of the bees! But there are a few things you should know before they begin the removal process. It will cost more if the infested areas need to be repaired. It should cost less if you want the bees to be gone, and there is no need for repairs, such as in a valve box or swarm retrieval.

2. Preventative Measures

Once the infestation area has been identified, all obstructions must be removed to ensure a safe removal procedure. This includes removing any patio furniture, flowers pots, or decorations that might get in the way. Homeowners and pets are asked to remain indoors during the bee removal process. We wouldn’t want anyone without protective gear to get stung by the bees. Homeowners will be shown the infestation before and after so they have an idea of what is happening on their property.

3. Equipment Preparation

Safe bee relocation cannot be accomplished without the necessary bee removal and safety equipment. The slightest movement can send the bees into a defensive frenzy where they sting to protect the queen. Bee control technicians wear sting-proof gloves, masks, and impenetrable suits.

Removal also requires specialized mobile bee boxes that are constructed to transport large bee colonies. These mobile beehives are an essential part of the removal process because without them, the bees would roam randomly or migrate to another area on your property.

4. Wall Or Ceiling Removal

The removal of honeybees from a house’s walls is a difficult task. The majority of people believe that all they have to do is spray and kill the bees. If they were yellow jackets, hornets, or even bumblebees, this might be successful. On the other hand, Honeybees necessitate a more complex procedure because they produce a large amount of honey. If removed improperly from the wall, the leftover honey will seep into the home’s structure and cause structural damage or attract other pests. 1Go To Source lsu.edu -“Removing Bees From Walls”

To reach the beehive within your home’s walls, a small portion of the wall will need to be cut out. This allows that insect removal expert to reach all of the bees and their nesting materials. This may sound scary, but this is the only way to ensure that the infestation inside the wall is completely removed and cleaned. After removal, the technician will repair the hole in the wall, and you can rest assured that your home is bee-free!

5. Honey Bee Removal

Once the bee control professional has gained access to the hive, the search for the queen begins. The queen is the first bee placed (by hand) into the mobile hive because most of the bees will follow her in. Bee-friendly vacuums are used to gather the bees and place them into the bee boxes to speed up the transfer process. Any stragglers are gathered by hand and reunited with their colony. 

6. Honey Comb Removal

When honeycomb is present, honeycomb removal is a vital stage in the bee removal process. Not only will you avoid other bug infestations and possible structural bee damage from melted honey, but you’ll also eliminate the possibility of bees returning to your property.

The larger sections of the comb are removed by hand and placed into the mobile bees hives. Honeycombs stuck to a wall are removed using scrapers. Bee control experts remove every piece of comb to ensure future bee colonies are not attracted to the area.

7. Clean-up, Deodorize, And Disinfect

As stated above, honey often becomes a problem even after all bees have been humanely relocated from your home. The infected area will need to be chemically treated to eliminate all bacteria and odors produced by the honey. This is done by using safe-decontaminating solutions and a lot of scrubbing. 

If the bee-infested area is left uncleaned, the honey will produce strong odors and attract insects or rodents. As the honey decomposes, the scent will become more potent. The avoid nasty smells and unwanted pests, make sure your bee professionals offer nest and honey clean-up services. 

8. Interior And Exterior Damage Repair

The final step is to seal the area and perform repairs. Caulk and expanding foam are frequently employed. Restoration is often necessary to ensure that another bee colony utilizes the same location as your property. Honey bee pheromones are often left behind, which will attract other colonies.

A good bee removal company will frequently provide a warranty for as long as you need it. Any guarantee will suffice if they have correctly sealed and filled the space, performed the removal at the appropriate time, and evacuated the bees comb and queen.

9. Final Walk-Through

Finally, the bees have been removed, the infested area has been cleaned, and all bee damage has been repaired. The final inspection is performed to ensure that nothing has been overlooked. During this step, repairs are tested, and any other vulnerabilities in the home’s structure are identified to help the homeowner prevent any future bee problems. 

10. Honey Bee Relocation

The honey bees are relocated far away from the property in which they were removed. This is to prevent the bees from returning and creating problems in the future. Bees are moved to one of the places: a bee an apiary, or a suitable nesting location in the wild.

The bees removed from your home are not brought to a commercial bee farm because they differ from domesticated bees. Bee colonies used commercially on farms are bred specifically for that reason. Using wild bees for those practices proves ineffective, and farmers or professional beekeepers will decline to add wild bees to their colonies. 

 

 

 

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