Getting rid of bees in tree trunks or hollows

Honeybees in tree trunks or hollows often cause recurring problems. Getting rid of the bees in a tree trunk yourself may present a tremendous challenge. An established beehive in a tree trunk may consist of 5,000 to 20,000 bees. Normally the cost of equipment, in addition to the time you take to learn how to accomplish a successfull removal with exlusion to keep the bees from returning far exceeds the cost of paying a bee removal specialist.

Bees tree trunks can be removed alive by trap-out, if you live in areas were Africanized bees exist, like California, Texas, Florida, or in Phoenix AZ, or Las Vegas NV. it normally will cost more (to remove the bees alive in the tree trunk) do to the extra time it takes.

After getting rid of the bees from a tree trunk, the honey scent can linger, attracting new bee colonies in search of a suitable home. To keep this from happening, the tree hollow can be filled a filler. If the hollow is large, the trunk can be filled partially with some crumpled newspaper, and next with expanding foam. Bees may have more than one opening even if it's small or the bees have sealed it off with wax.

It is quite common for a curious rodent or critter to chew through the foam, re-creating a hole for bees to move back in! To keep this from happening, prior to capping off the tree hollowing with expanding foam, a pre-cut galvanized non rusting screen can be placed on top of the foam.

Bees in Trees Can Be Dangerous

Bees in tree trunks should not necessarily be taken lightly, an associate I worked with for a short time, told me about how her grandfather was killed by bees that were living in a tree. At a young age he and his brother were driving with her grandfather on their way home (many years before she was born), when the tire got a flat; the vehicle swerved and hit a tree. From what she explained her grandfather got injured and didn't make it out of the car, the bees in the tree went into defense mode and he was stung many times before the paramedics arrived.

Caution should be taken when bees are removed alive by beekeeper or killed by an exterminator, when in public areas or where there are pedestrians crossing encase an individual is allergic or encase the bees are being exterminated and become aggressive.

Hornets nests may also be found in tree trunks. Hornets are an effective method of organic gardening and are seen as healthy for the environment. Hornets can have a nasty sting and sting repeatedly without losing their stinger. Hornets will typically sting only when highly provoked or when protecting their nest. Stings usually happen by accident. These seasonal critters abandon the nest in the winter and return in the spring to nearby areas.

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Tracy-lee
Bees in tree trunk
Waxhaw, NC

We have a very high tree in our back yard with a bee hive in the trunk, our problem is that our deck is 14 odd feet up on the air so the bee hive is becoming an issue even though the whole in which the bees are is probably at least another 12 odd feet up. My hubby brought home a can of something to spray in the hole which scares me to death as I have seen those bees when they have been disturbed, there are but millions of them plus all of it is a bad idea, he wants to put a ladder from the deck to the tree which would mean at some point he will be on a ladder that is twenty some feet in the air, I said no of course but he knows better. I read your caption about there still being honey in there and if you don't close up the hole then you are wasting your time but he does not want to pay anyone to come fix the problem right ... please advise, thank you.

Beekeeper:  Tracy-Lee It sounds like there is quite a bit of potential for disaster... ladder from porch to tree, a can of spray, and an established bee hive in a tree trunk. What may look like a few bees flying in and out of a hole, is really a mass of about 10,000 bees that are willing to die to defend their home. This is a case where it might be worth the cost of having somebody else take care of the problem. Maybe, to make your husband feel like he is saving some money, tell the professional that your husband will seal the hole, and ask for a discount. If you have trouble finding somebody, feel free to call our toll free line to see if we can help. Take care.

Francisco
Bees in tree trunk
Lynwood, California

there is many bees in my tree and they just dont go away. we covered the hole with cement but there might still be some in the tree how do we make them go away?

Beekeeper:  Hello Francisco. If the bees in the tree trunk have been established for any decent length of time (over a couple of weeks), then it is considered to be difficult to get rid of the problem simply by sealing up the hole. Usually, the bees create a new hole in the tree if the original is blocked off. A bee hive can usually feed off of their pollen and honey supply for up to months inside of the tree trunk while they are entombed. I see you are in Los Angeles, if the problem persists, feel free to give us a call here Los Angeles bee removal.

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