Hive Removal FAQ’s

  • Does a swarm sting?
    • While it cannot be guaranteed that bees in a swarm won’t sting, a swarm is generally very docile because they don’t have a hive with honey and baby bees to defend.
    • Just before swarming, bees gorge themselves with honey which makes them docile.
  • Should I have unwanted honey bees exterminated?
    • Live removal and relocation is recommended for two reasons:
      1. Live removal & relocation is environmentally friendly.
      2. While extermination appears at first glance the quickest and easiest solution, extermination still requires removal of comb, honey & the bees.  If left in the structure such as a wall, the dead bees will smell bad and the honey will either ferment or attract more bees, ants, and rodents.  This can lead to more costly repairs in the future.
  • Can I leave the honey & Comb?
    • If left in the structure such as a wall, the honey will either ferment or attract more bees, ants, and rodents.  This leads to more costly repairs.
  • Will a beekeeper take the bees for free?
    • Occasionally with swarms, but very rarely with established colonies.  While the honey bees do have some value, in most removal situations the labor and costs of removal are more than the value of the bees at their unwanted location.  Often beekeepers who do charge are still more affordable than what many exterminators charge for killing a bee colony.
  • How can I contact a beekeeper that performs hive removal and relocation?

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