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How to Get Rid of Bees

John Adkins

As a bee specialist, Ive been asked thousands of times a year how to get rid of bees.  How to get rid of bees is a question asked when bees show up in the wrong places, and sometimes even when they are in the right places!

Below are the most common areas beehives move into with solutions to get rid of the bees. Myths are expeled of why the bees arrived, why they choose that location, and how to keep from getting bees in the future. Each topic includes a Q&A section.

First a quick fact:  Bees participate in contributing a startling one-third of the entire worlds food through pollination as well as much of the natural colors in the world.  You should know that both Africanized bees and European bees sting ONLY when feeling threatened or defending their home.


Topics

Bee Id Chart
Wasp Id Chart
Bee swarm
Free bee removal
Toll free hotline
How to solve a potential bee problem
Are bees dangerous?
Tree /Shrubs - Loud buzzing
Tree /Shrubs - Bee swarm or bee hive
Tree trunk /tree hallow
Bees in house /on window
Wall, Column, eave, attic, under house, fence, jacuzzi, and shed floor. hot!
Dead bees outside of house
Chimney
Vent /Air duct
Bees in ground
Pool, pond or fountain
Bird feeder /humming bird
Bird house /Owl box
Water-meter-box
Basement
Honey stains
Bad smell
Prices /cost of bee removal (structural bee removal)
Do it yourself (DIY)
How to kill bees?
Keep bees from returning
Handyman /Carpenter
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Bee Swarm
Honeybees often split their beehive coloney migrating as a swarm of bees [pic]. This can be observed as thousands of bees traveling as a swarm with a sort of circular motion to keep together. If you are nearby you'll hear a fairly loud buzzing /humming noise. While swarming to a new location the bees are non-aggressive. Swarms that split may have come from a beekeepers apiary bee box [pic] or from a natural setting of nature.

Before bees move they can send out scout bees looking for a suitable home. A party of scout bees may be a few to many bees. If the bees like the location, more bees will come to inspect, then a short while later may move in with the swarm. Often this happens without anyones knowledge.
A bee swarm consists of thousands of bees that may rest on a bush or tree for up to a few days before migrating. When resting, the swarm can be the size of a football or basketball and kind of beard shaped containing some 2,000 to 7,000 bees! Harassing the bees during this phase may confuse the bees causing them to stay longer.

Beehives Split
Honeybees often split their beehive colony migrating as a swarm of bees [pic]. This can be observed as thousands of bees traveling as a swarm with a sort of circular motion to keep together. If you are nearby you'll hear a fairly loud buzzing /humming noise. While swarming to a new location the bees are non-aggressive. Swarms that split may have come from a beekeepers apiary bee box [pic] or from a natural setting of nature.

Bees Swarming - Migrating
Before bees move they can send out scout bees looking for a suitable home. A party of scout bees may be a few to many bees. If the bees like the location, more bees will come to inspect, then a short while later may move in with the swarm. Often this happens without anyones knowledge.
A bee swarm consists of thousands of bees that may rest on a bush or tree for up to a few days before migrating. When resting, the swarm can be the size of a football or basketball and kind of beard shaped containing some 2,000 to 7,000 bees! Harassing the bees during this faze may confuse the bees causing them to stay longer.

Africanized or Hybrid Honeybee Swarms
Some lower areas of the U.S. have Africanized honey bees (hybrid honeybees) these bees swarm more often than European honeybees. African or hybrid bees are also non-aggressive while migrating to a new home. Care should be taken around any established beehive.

Bees Swarm Not Leaving
Bees that are returning to the hive with yellow pollen sacs [pic] on the backs of their legs can be a sign that the bees have an established home. If the swarm does not leave, bee removal may be the best solution. Bee keepers & live bee removers remove and relocate bees, while bee exterminators kill the bees and may charge higher rates.

Established Nests/Hives
The longer a beehive is established the more protective they tend to be of the hive. If you have had a history with bees near a structure and you hear swarming or see a large group of bees nearby, there is a good chance the hive has split and you are seeing half of the bees grouped together perhaps planning a migration. Bee removal from a structure should take some consideration, if honey in wall is left inside, recurring problems tend to occur; additionally attracting rodents and other critters.

 
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Free Bee Removal
Throughout the U.S. bees on public property are handled by the city, county or state. Sometimes cities will contract this out to a private bee or pest company. Often a pest company is used if the city cannot find a live bee remover that holds the cities insurance requirements. When bees are on private property, it is typically considered the homeowners responsibility.

In the U.S. some counties provide free bee removal on private property from locations such as bushes, trees, or when the bees are out in the open. These are usually large cities were

Free Bee Removal (non structure)
Some US counties provide free bee removal when the bees are not attatched to or in the structure of a house or building.

● Private property
When bees are on private property, it is typically considered the homeowners responsibility, however In the U.S. some cities /counties provide free bee removal from locations such as bushes, trees, or when the bees are out in the open. These are usually large cities were africanized bees exist. This policy likely stems from the efforts to stop what the media called killer bees from spreading though the Americas.

They do not provide free bee removal structurally: when attached to a home, building, or structure. See bees in wall to learn more of structural honey-bee removal.

● Public property
Throughout the U.S. bees on city & county property are handled by the city, county or state. Sometimes cities will contract this out to a private bee or pest company. Often a pest company is used if the city cannot find a live bee remover that holds the cities insurance requirements.

Use this free bee removal table below to mark or check if your county provides free bee removal when on private property. Typically the city or county will kill the beehive.

Sometimes you can find a beekeeper that will provide free live bee removal non structurally; that may be an option outside of big cities if it is convenient with the beekeeper.

Free bee removal (structure)
The 70's and 80's had more hobbyist beekeepers, no africanized bees and few honeybee diseases. It was easier to find beekeepers that would collect bees for free. Removing honeybees from a house structure, building, barn or shed can take a larger amount of time and effort. There are typically two types of free structural bee removal: extraction, and cut-out.

● Extraction
Occasionally extraction is used to remove bees from a structure or void. Extraction is considered when the structure cannot be opened. Extraction is a lengthy two-step process, 1st extract the thousands of bees, and 2nd extract the honey.

Extracting the honey involves bringing in an established beehive and placing it near the opening of the extracted hive. The beehive goes into the void and extracts the honey that is inside of the structure.

It is typically un-wise to use the extraction method when bees are in or near a public area.

● Cut-out
Sometimes you might find a beekeeper that will perform free bee removal as a Cut-out. This requires cutting into the structure to remove the bees & leaving the structure open or exposed.

If the bees are in an barn, shed or non-critical area, this can be a nice option, though it a Cut-out for a reason; when doing a Cut-out, the structure may not be opened in the most professional way, making repairs more complex if they are needed.

If repairing the area, you will need a carpenter to match /purchase structural supplies eg. paneling, dry wall, plasterboard, roof tile.. depending on the area opened.

A bee specialist can typically open, remove, and repair the structure, without requiring additional supply costs and contractor rates. With a bee specialist, warrantee against bees returning is also typically provided as bees will often return to a structure if not removed & repaired properly. If you have questions or would like a quote, Request a callback to chat with a local bee specialist nearby.

Saving money
If your requiring both bee removal and repair of the structure, finding a bee specialist that does both the removal and repair can save money, time and trouble. It helps with a full warrantee against bees returning, which is not uncommon. So regarding structural bee removal, although it may be possible to find 'free bee removal' it can ultimately cost more, take longer, and not come with a warrantee against bees returning.

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Low inclome & elderly
If you have a special need, are low income, and have not found any solutions or help to remove the bees, you may try our special request form.

Reporting a bee problem
If there is a nearby building or house with a beehive problem, most cities/counties have a number you can report that to. Once reported, a city official may arrive or leave a letter to that address giving perhaps 30 days to remove the bees, or a fine is applied.

Note: This site has scheduled to provide options for free bee removal & discounted bee removal from structures for special need circumstances. That form will appear here. If you have a special need you can call the, bee removal hotline, though there is currently no guarantee of this option currently.

How to prevent bee hive on property Most cities provide a safety list of what you can do to limit the likeliness of a beehive moving onto the property, this list mostly it consists of keeping the property clean form harboring junk were bees can nest, keeping outside faucets from dripping, and keeping structures gaps & cracks sealed to prevent a beehive from entering as well as a list of what makes bees angry or what to avoid.

This how to page contains a list of most common locations of beehives with some helpful insight per location and Q&A per topic.

A few quick notes; the amount of water or flowers and shrubbery on the property is unlikely to increase the chances of a beehive moving on to the property. Not removing honeycomb and the hive is the main reason bees return to structures.

Bees loudly buzzing on a bush or tree, kind of spread evenly all around the tree happens in late summer when most the other flowers /blooms have been exhausted. These bees are not aggressive as thy are simply foraging the tree. The bee activity subsides once the flowers and season have run their course.

 
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Are Bees Dangerous?

In the great majority of cases you may find honeybees are fairly easy to get along with. While Africanized bees have been largely over-hyped by the media, these bees (and European honey bees) can be dangerous.

Some time ago we were involved with a much greater amount of angry or feral bee activity than normal. During this time, we performed bee removal from a shed, where two lambs were attacked by bees, one lived the other did not. Later that day, we performed a bee removal on a gas station lamp post. The pole was accidently bumped with the back of a car, the bees swarmed out and into the drivers car window, stinging the driver and others nearby. A week later bee removal was performed from a tree where a man was attacked by aggressive bees that originated from an owl box. He was stung many times before making it from his yard to his house, having injured is ankle along the way. All of this within the same county.

Near that same time a call was received late in the day to get rid of an owl box full of bees. Horses were attacked by bees and one stung a great deal of times, getting injured and requiring a vet. THe bees had been in the owl box for some time; it was unstated or unsure what set off the bees. A week later we performed bee removal for a man whose son and their dog were attacked while playing basketball in the front yard. The basketball bounced off the rim and landed onto the water meter cover were the bees had been living inside. His son was fine, but as the dog was tied nearby, the vet explained that the dog received 2000 stings and had a 50/50 chance to live. Often there may be story behind aggressive honeybees and bee attacks that doesn't get told, this can cause misinformation leading to an inaccurate outlook. However bees can be dangerous, and consideration should be taken when beehives are present.

The normal kill ratio for a human is said to be 10 stings per pound, meaning about 1,800 stings could kill someone weighing 180 lbs. A bee hive has on average 10,000 to 40,000 bees. Bees should be respected and can be dangerous.
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Loud buzzing on tree or bushes

Loud buzzing around the tree or shrubbery often happens around the autumn and fall season (Sep-Nov). Many spring flowers have come and gone and the bees are busy with the few remaning late-blooming trees and shrubs. Thees bees typically covering the nector or blossoms of the tree or shrubbery uniformly accompanied by loud buzzing!

The bees are gathering remaining pollen & nectar for the winter seaon. This may look and feel intimidating to a home owner, especially if someone has gotten stung in an unlikely accident, as bees are non aggressige durring this foraging process. Getting ride of these bees can be difficult. It is generally recommended to wait it out. This temporary phase mayt last a few weeks.

Although loud and intimidating, the area is not the bee's domain and they have no interest in defending or protecting it. If you require less bee activity, to get rid of bees, consider planning to trim back the tree after the activity has subsided or prior to the following season so there are not as many blossoms. In extream cases were an imediate solution is needed, you can get rid of the bees by trimming the tree starting very earily morning much before sunrise. If care in trimming is required have the trimmer make a study of it the day befor. If you think there is a beehive on the tree or bushes read bee swarm on tree below.

 
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Bee Swarm on Tree

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