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Non-Structural DIY Bee Removal  (bush, tree)
Structural DIY Bee Removal  (inside structure)

    Do it yourself bee removal

Do it yourself bee removal is especially helpful if you live were no beekeeper is available; Other good reasons could be to start a new hobby, learn a new skill, and to get paid for removing bees.

Visit the bee id chart for help with bee identification.  The information on this page is specific to removing honeybees.

Two types of bee removal exist:  Non-structural (eg. bush / tree), and Structural removal, from within a structure.

Non Structural Bee Removal - DIY

Non-structural honeybees that are new on a tree, bush, or outside of a structure typically leave on their own within a few days. These bees are a migrating swarm, thousands of bees, after landing they are perhaps basketball size. A migrating swarm of bees will have no honeycomb and are not protective of the location. The best DIY bee removal is usually to let them to leave on there own; messing with a swarm of honeybees can cause them to stay longer.

Established beehives do not leave on there own unless they are hive splitting. When a hive splits, half of the bees leave / migrate off. If you dont plan on keeping the bees, removing them yourself is possible though can be difficult; do it yourself bee removal is typically not recommended. When money is to be saved, consider options of discount or free bee removal vs. do it yourself.

Maintaining the bees
If you want to keep the bees and move them to a different location, consider:
•  Bees require a little upkeep and care, possibly two or three times a year.
•  Bees prefer facing toward sunrise and with afternoon shade.
              In warm climates, shade helps keep bees from getting to warm, though bees also regulate the hive tempature on their own.
•  If ants are a problem consider making a simple beebox stand with a cup with liquid.
• Cities may have basic rules for keeping bees. Commonly metro city regulations are whether bees will be a hazard to the public.

Non structural Tools & Equipment -- DIY Bee Removal (bush/tree)
• bee hat & vail
• bee gloves (cloth reach to elbows /homedepo)
• beekeeper tool (skinny flat cro-bar /homedepo)
• smoker
apiary bee box with frames

Prices & costs
When expense matter, calling a bee remover is normally less expensive, unless you can acquire these above items. If you plan on keeping the bees, then at a later time you would want to obtain additional box frames and a hand crank honey extractor.

Structural DIY Bee Removal

Structural bee removal consists of bees that are inside the structure; you typically cannot see the hive. If you think the bee activity is new, visit how to prevent a bee problem.

Established structural beehive
With a beehive already living in the structure, do it yourself bee removal commonly requires:
- opening the structure
- removing / relocating the honeybees
- cleaning the area to suppress the smell /scent
- and repairing the structure to avoid recurring bee problems.

Do it yourself bee removal from a structure is usually difficult, most people wouldnt recommend it. Calling a bee remover is typically less expensive.
If you plan to keep the bees, take a second and read the section above on keeping bees.

Structurally DIY bee removal is a challenge. A beehive may have 3,000 to 30,000 bees, and up to 100lbs of honey. In dry areas, less honey may exist in the hive. During autumn & early winter seasons the hive will have accumulated the greatest amount of honey. Removal may require being on a ladder, roof-top, or other difficult location. With locating the actual hive, the nest is typically very near were the bees are entering. If the hive was exterminated it can still be a difficult task, exterminating honeybees is not easy, and not encouraged.

Exterminated bees
If you are trying to exterminate bees, read the paragraph above first. Otherwise, if you have had a bee nest killed, you may still see bee activity. Normally hundreds of new bees hatch daily in an established hive. After a week, all activity from the orginal hive could stop; however bees from other colonies smell melting honey and may come to free-load, these are commonly called robber bees. Robber bees are non-aggressive as it is not their home. It can be difficult without experience to tell whether the bees are robber bees, or from the original hive. Bees that are returning to the hive with yellow pollen on the back of their legs are almost never ever robber bees, meaning the hive is active.
Apart from your own safety, prior to removing a beehive, consider notifying any nearby neighbor that a hive is going to be removed, reasons for this may include: encase someone is allergic, aggressive bees, or animals need to be moved. If trying to exterminate a beehive, you can expect very angry bees. When bees are near neighbors property, near pets, or a public walkway, additional precautions should be considered.
Tools & Equipment DIY
Along with the listed beekeeping tools. Construction equipment needed when removing bees yourself may include, ladder, power tools, hammer, other basic tools, in addition to repair supplies and paint to suppress hive scent after removing the honey & bees. Suppressing hive scent helps so that bees dont return, as well as other critters. The cost and time to do it yourself usually always out way contacting a bee remover. For help with removal or prices request a callback anytime.

DIY live removal
With do it yourself bee removal, a smoker is great to calm aggressive bees. Burning any dead weads, twigs & leaves work great. Paper or cardboard may be used if no foliage is available. You will want to have a bee box to put the honeycomb & bees in. Find a smart location were the bees can live to help the bees recuperate from the move. To some degree, bees tend to crowd a round or follow the queen, although you may find that initially difficult to determine. Getting the queen in the bee-box is most effective by removing each honeycomb while keeping bees on the comb.

Why remove the honeycomb?
If honeycomb is not removed, four common events can occur:
    Recurring bee problems:
Bees are attracted to honey scent of previous hives. Even if area is sealed off, new bees simply inspect the structure to find another opening thinking it is a good place to build a home.
    Invite insects:  
       Commonly attracts ants, beetles, and moths.
    Attract rodents & critters:
Rodents and other critters can create additional problems once in the attic or structure, including chewing on AC tubes, making babies, and creating additional structural openings.
The structural staining commonly requires removing the previous hive, cleaning, and structural repair. Depending on the size of the hive, or amount of honey, (can depend on how many flowers are nearby & time of year) honey can melt into the structure and cause additional damages. To learn more visit keeping bees away to avoid recurring bee problems.

One example: being referred to a home owner from a nearby candle shop. The beekeeper that used to extract or eradicate her bees, was no longer available. Bees were living in the structural columns, each year the bees returned to nearby places.

The beekeeper doing the removal never spoke about removing the honeycombs; more bee hives began to accumulate each year. Normally a house or building should get bees perhaps every 30 years. With hives not structurally removed, bees may return much more often, even every year. At that later point solutions can be costly. Honeybees exterminated and left inside a structure, make keeping bees away a challenge.
Structural Repairs & Bee proofing
After removal of hive your self, seal gaps, cracks, and openings. In cases of medium to large voids, after applying expanding foaming, it is helpful to cover on top with a galvanized mesh that rodents can't penetrate; otherwise rodents may dig though making a new hole that a new colony of bees re inhabit. If your new to using expanding foam take care not to over fill the area and stick around after, otherwise you may return to find foam having tumbled down the wall with stains. In extreme cases of exclusion repair work, focus most on the side of the structure were the sun rises.
Discounted & free options
Do it yourself bee removal structurally is usually not a good idea, first consider finding discounted, or free bee removal, if no other options exist, and you know a handyman or carpenter that can help, have the bee man remove the honeycomb and leave you instructions on bee proofing with you or the person doing repairs.To find help with bee removal near you call the hotline or request a callback.

It is better if a knowledgeable bee remover also performs the repair and provides warrantee against bees returning. Opening a structural for bee removal is considered a small repair were most States within the U.S. do not require contractor’s license.

DIY Bee Removal Check-list
  Check & test your tools, equipment & supplies.
  Starting early in the morning will make it easier.
  Smoke Has Two Effects:
• Smoke causes the bees to think a fire may be approaching. Bees began consuming honey encase they have to flee. After consuming honey bees are less likely to sting.
• Smoke has a calming effect: When alarmed, bees let off an alert pheromone. Smoke can disguises (or lessen) the alert pheromone, this way other bees do not get unnessasarily angry. Normally not to much smoke is needed, unless they behave aggressive."
  Notify anyone nearby if needed.
  Keep pets away.
  Use protective gear.
  important: Keep the empty beebox as close to the hive as possible.
  Use the beekeeper tool to remove the honeycombs; remove one sheet of comb at a time keeping the bees on the comb.
  After the honeycombs are in the box, place the lid on with plenty space so that bees can still enter & exit.
Typically you want to leave the box for some time; giving the bees enough time to move into the new home, and return from foraging. If you need to close up the box after, make sure the beebox has a screen for breathing, to circulate air through the hive."
  Suppress the smell and bee-proof the structure.
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