Although useful, bees can often be dangerous, to you, your home, your pets, or your family. If you notice an abnormal number of bees around your home, then there might be a swarm of bees nearby, or even a hive.
Identify Hive or Swarm
The best way to proceed is to identify the source of the bees, to keep windows and doors closed as to not let them in and to call a Bee Removal Service. These services will send a team to the site of the infestation and assess the problem. After that they will remove the colony and the hive.
Most of the times, though, the insects will be killed and there will also be some damage to your property. Especially if the colony is in a hard to access spot, such as a wall or under the panelling of the building.
How to remove bees?
Bee removal services may cost anything from $70-$200 (for the removal and relocation of a swarm), but will go up to $700 for the removal of a honey bee nest, depending on how hard it is to get to it. Many bee removal services will often have a minimum charge for the removal of a colony, but you may also encounter companies which charge only based on the number of individuals in the hive, the difficulty of the job, and how high the hive is from the ground.
Others may charge you based on the number of man hours and also on the distance travelled.
You may also consider calling local beekeepers in order to have them remove the bees, but they will usually be unable to help if the hive is unhealthy (has been sprayed with pesticides) or if it is out of reach.
Even though beekeepers will remove the hive without killing the bees and will often only charge you for the travel expenses, they will not be able to help if you have a large infestation.
Do it Yourself
Regardless of whom you choose to hire, it is important to only try to remove them by yourself if you have appropriate protection and equipment. Both the bee removal services and the beekeepers are well equipped to handle the dangers of handling bees or swarms.
Also, note that, based on the type of bee, the danger of the situation can grow even further. Africanized Honey Bees, for example, while not having more potent venom than others, will be much more vicious if provoked. Killer bees, as they are more commonly known will attack in greater numbers and will follow their attacker (or anybody they simply perceive as an attacker) for up to 1.5 miles.
Get Professional Help
It is always best to contract professional help in order to assure the safety or your family, your pets and of any people that may be in the vicinity during the removal process. Below are a few services which you can contract in order to remove any kind of bee infestation that you might have.
Depending on your location, there are multiple choices of bee removal services, both paid and free.
If you either live in any of these area, or anywhere else in the US, you can find beekeepers or bee removal services near you. Remember the fact that while beekeepers will often not charge you for removing the colony or the swarm, they cannot help you with serious infestations such as when the hive is in the void between the eyes.
On the other hand, bee removal companies and are equipped to deal with any situation and will remove the bees regardless of their location.
This means that they might also require to damage your property in order to get access to them, such as in the situation of a carpenter bee infestation, which means that they might be required tear down the affected wooden areas. Also, they will often kill the bees in order to do the job. Many of the companies will have a minimum charge for their services.
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