Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the process take?
It depends entirely on the state of the bees. If they are just a swarm of bees without a nest, they can be removed quite quickly. However, the more complete their nest is, the longer it will take – possibly 8 hours or longer.
The time may also be affected by how accessible the location of the swarm/nest is. For more complex procedures, it could take several days. A further consideration is the size of the swarm or nest, as the larger it is, the longer it is likely to take.
Each case is different, but you can be sure that we work as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.
Is removing bees dangerous?
The danger associated with bees is usually attributed to their ability to sting, but it is rare for a bee to sting unless it feels its life is in danger. When trying to remove bees from a location, the bees will, of course, feel threatened, or at the very least consider their nest to be under threat.
This may cause them to become agitated and more likely to sting – however, and experienced bee remover will do everything they can to avoid this situation.
Bee stings may be painful but are rarely fatal, although some people do experience an allergic reaction to bee stings.If in doubt – call in the professionals
Why keep bees alive?
Bees have a tremendous positive impact on the environment. One of the most important things that bees do is to pollinate flowers and plants by transporting pollen from one plant to another. Without this pollination, plants would be hindered in their reproductive abilities, crops would fail, and a food crisis could be caused.
Can bees damage property?
Yes, they can. Carpenter bees can bore into wood, and other bees can build nests that affect the structure of a building or the appearance of a yard. In most cases, this damage is easily repaired, but the sooner the problem is treated, the better.
What’s the difference between a bee and a wasp?
Although they can be similar in appearance, there are some significant differences to be aware of. Find out more on our Blog: Bees and the Environment
What’s the difference between a swarm, nest, hive, and a colony?
A swarm is a group of bees together, usually looking for a new place to live. This happens when they outgrow their original living quarters, which may have been a nest – different types of bee build nests in different locations, such as in trees or in holes in the ground. The term “hive” is often used interchangeably with “nest,” but strictly speaking, a hive is a man-made box that bees live in.
A colony is a swarm of bees that have found somewhere to live but hasn’t finished creating their nest.
Do nests need to be removed?
Yes. Just removing bees or wasps will alleviate your immediate problem, but a nest left behind will attract other pests such as ants, or even other bees and wasps. Full removal and cleaning of the area afterward are always recommended to keep you and your family safe in the future.
Do you exterminate bees?
No. We believe that bees offer a great benefit to humans and the environment, and so do everything possible to ensure that any bees we remove will survive and go on to lead productive lives pollinating and producing honey where they are needed.
Do you have insurance and a license?
Yes, we are fully insured and have a contractor's license through our parent company ECO 20/20 so we can do professional repairs of your structure.
Is Your Service Free?
Due to the cost of supplies, transportation, employees, and overhead we cannot offer a free service.
Is there anyone that offers Bee Removal for Free?
Yes, some beekeepers will remove Honey Bees for free or for the cost of transportation. Keep in mind you will then have to hire a separate contractor to clean and repair the area and they only do Honey Bees. We can offer one bundled price for removal, cleaning and repair that in the long term will save you time and money.