FAQ: Bee Control

To help homeowners through the bee removal and relocation process, we have compiled a list of the most common questions regarding bee species.

What Is Attracting Bees To My Home?
Bees are constantly on the lookout for nectar and pollen, which leads them to open flowers. Areas that smell like honey are attractive to bees looking for a new home. The queen bee will abandon her existing hive in the spring to find a new location to start her colony (possibly in or near your home).

Bees can also see color at a much faster rate than humans. They have the quickest color vision of any animal, five times faster than humans. Purple, violet, and blue are the most likely colors to attract bees.

Learn More: Environments That Attract Bees

How Long Does Bee Removal Take?
The size of the beehive will affect the speed at which the infestation can be removed. Larger hives can contain thousands of bees that may be reluctant to enter mobile hives. Smaller hives are typically removed within an hour or two, but more extensive infestations will take several hours. The longer the bees are allowed to stay, the larger the colony will grow, making removal more difficult.

The only way to have the bees gone as fast as possible is to contact a bee removal expert at the first sign of an infestation.

Learn More: Estimated Time Of Bee Removal

How Much Does Bee Removal Cost?
The median cost of bee removal is $450, but it can cost anywhere from $0 to $1,500 or more. A pre-qualified beekeeper is the best way to remove a beehive or swarm in most cases. The most expensive infestations are structural, which requires the removal of walls. On average, you’ll have to spend $500-$5000 to repair their damage, which includes everything from pest control to wood repair and replacement, as well as repainting.

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Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Bee Removal?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover the cost of bee damage repair. The insurance industry believes that if a honeybee infestation is large enough to warrant a claim, it should have been dealt with and prevented much sooner. Every policy differs in coverage, and it’s suggested to give your provider a call to find out what your coverage entails. The most accurate information will come directly from your insurance provider.

It is preferable to pay the upfront cost of bee removal rather than risk incurring significant repair costs later.

Learn More: Bee Removal Insurance Coverage

How Is Bee Damage Repaired?
A common sign of an infestation is dark patches on walls or ceilings. This is because honeybees have built a nest in-between your walls or above your ceiling/attic. Carpenter bees are notorious for chewing tunnels through wood, leaving the structure weak and causing a collapse. Repairs will depend on the extent of the damage. Minor damage can be repaired using silicone, while more significant damage in wood may require replacements.

Learn More: Bee Damage Repairs

Is It Illegal To Kill Bees?
It is illegal to use pesticides for bee control that the federal government has banned. The US Senate and House of Representatives passed the Pollinator Protection Act in 2008. Bees pollinate 70% of the crop species that account for the majority of the world’s food.

If you need bees removed from your property, contact a honey bee removal expert to relocate the hive humanely. A local beekeeper will be best suited for humane bee removal.

Learn More: Laws Regarding Bee Removal

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