We all know that saving the bees is important, not only for honey, but to pollinate our crops. Otherwise, we won't have any food to eat. But sometimes honeybees are unwelcoming in places, like when they unfortunately move into our North Texas homes. This can be quite alarming and below we provide some professional bee removal advice and tips for the removal process, hive removal, and what to do if you ever come across a bee infestation in your Dallas home.
Spring is bee swarm season in North Texas! It is when honeybee swarms are at their peak and is caused when a queen bee emerges from her winter hibernation cycle seeks a different place to live. This usually happens in late spring around the country but due to our warmer winters we have a much longer and earlier bee swarm season here in North Texas as well as a much longer hive removal season requiring bee removal experts to remove established bee infestation from Dallas Homes.
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Bees follow their Queen
Bee colonies swarm for many reasons but mostly in order to form new beehives. As the aging queen leaves her established colony of bees, she will take a small contingent of loyal honeybees and seeks to start another hive before she dies in the form of a bee swarm. The bee swarm can be as small as a baseball (subswarm) or as large as a few watermelons. It is part of the natural process of bee propagation. Good news is a bee swarm is typically very docile and not prone to stinging. A bee swarm has no honeycomb or hive removal needed and a live bee removal through bee control is very affordable when performed by bee removal experts we can safely remove bees using our proven bee removal process.
Unfortunately, bee swarms are full of honey and looking for a new home and will look for any place that is suitable for a bee colony or where a honey bee hive has been before to call home, which is often times not necessarily the best place for North Texas homeowners. We perform many bee rescues of spring bee swarms in established neighborhoods and newer neighborhoods alike. North Dallas and Fort Worth with many old trees and ranch style homes provide refuge for bee colonies or have existing bee infestation that are decades old. These homes 60 years ago were most likely farmland or were adjacent to farmland full of beehives (see Beekeepers Dallas). What we have now are bee colonies that have survived for decades either from escaped bees from a back-yard beekeepers or old bee colonies from hives that have persisted in trees. Newer neighborhoods such as McKinney, Frisco, and Southlake Texas where up until a decade ago were farmland are facing the same bee control issues. Live bee colonies literally are within miles of these homes as much of the surrounding area is still very rural. One thing we can agree on is that we have a lot of local bees here in North Texas.
Bees in your Attic
As a professional live bee removal service and as a bee control company we often see bee infestation in the soffit, roofline, or eve boxes of homes. Sometimes we remove bees from lower areas such as or valve/ cable boxes, but this is not the norm. Bees need an entrance only a quarter of an inch in diameter in order to safely get in and out of walls, pipes, conduit, or other places. Aging or even newer homes are equally susceptible to bees. But overall bees prefer a lofty location in older wood and the lovely soffit boxes we build on our north Texas houses. Bee proofing a house can be tricky for the uninitiated or those without much time as it is tedious to patch every location. Best practices can be found here (Bee Proof your home)
Soffits and eves are where we see bees the most and where they end up being a nuisance, or even a danger to a homeowner requiring removal specialists to perform bee rescue and honeycomb removal of the bee infestation.
Bees don't necessarily damage the structural integrity of your home or business; but what they can do is build honeycomb and honey which tends to attract all types of pests and vermin that will cause damage to your house if not removed quickly by bee removal specialists. The average beehive (including bees and their honey) can weigh between 20 and 400 pounds and can grow from the size of a baseball to a full wall within a year consisting of 20,000-80,000 bees! Bees can also get into conduits for wiring and build comb and cause problems with your electricity or access to areas when needed. Ever try to turn off the main waterline when the valve box has a bee colony? We also get quite a few calls where honeybees have accessed attic space or bees are coming down the chimneys of homes (Santa Bees) and are swarming inside.
If you have bees inside your home it is best to call a professional bee removal service as quickly as possible to identify if you have a live bee colony and if so safely remove bees using bee removal techniques avoid the situation getting worse. If you are finding dead bees inside windows or have bees in a room it is most likely you have a new bee swarm and require bee control.
When a swarm of honeybees moves in it is tempting to try to perform remove bees yourself PLEASE DON'T.
If you do attempt here are a few tips:
First, don't annoy or try to get rid of bees yourself. Honeybees, like all of us, have their own problems; leave it to the professional bee removal technicians and beekeepers that can remove bee infestation including honeycomb removal from your home or business. It is a sticky and dirty job that has many stinging creatures including potential killer bees.
If you try to use common pest control sprays found in big box retail stores for yellow jacket hornets or wasp removal this will only aggravate an average beehive does not kill the bees. It makes hive removal much more complicated and sick bees are very difficult to relocate as they now require special equipment to perform the live beehive removal because of contamination with chemicals. We must use special washable equipment with sprayed bees not to harm other honeybee hives or live bee removals. Please tell the technician if bees have been treated or sprayed with anything and what it was!
Secondly, bees become angry when provoked. This includes spraying with water and soap or using manual techniques to remove bees. Bees emit a pheromone that alarms bees and will cause bees to turn aggressive. Professional honeybee technical know how to manage bees not to alarm bees and wear special materials to block the pheromones.
Bees in your Roof
Smoking bees does not remove bees. Smoke will calm bees causing them to eat honey as a response to the beehive burning. Bees will simply be more docile if smoked. Also use of certain chemicals and dies found in paper can make bees sick resulting in a difficult live bee removal and aggressive bees.
It is best to call a professional beekeeper or bee control technician. If you do, try to remove or spray bees with chemicals please be careful once alarmed bees are more prone to stinging and they will defend themselves. Some honeybee races are very aggressive like the ever-known killer bees of South America. Hybrids of these killer bees are found in north Texas and Dallas especially. We see 1-5 hives a year of these bee colonies. (See Killer Bees)
Bees are Beneficial
Most pest control operators also will not exterminate bees but refer trusted beekeepers to remove bees.
Bees albeit stinging animals are considered beneficial insects and bee extermination should never be the option.
It is Best to call a live bee removal company like Honeybee Rescue. We safely remove the honeybees, rescue bee colonies to our apiary.
Repair Repair Repair
Be careful when choosing a bee removal company. Not everyone in a bee suit is a beekeeper or will repair your home!!
Many of the larger companies claiming to be bee removal companies in north Texas are at best pest control companies posing as beekeepers. They are not actively engaged in beekeeping and are only posing as bee control experts for the business. They have no care to save the bees or even perform live honeybee removals. They will damage your property then refuse to fix it. They are not licensed contractors and associates do not have background checks performed. As a family business we only use licensed insured technicians on your property. We train all our associates in our apiary and make sure repairs are done to the homeowner’s standards. We carry insurance both above the roofline (many companies do not) and pay our associates very well ensuring you have the best technicians working on your home.
Many companies posing as beekeepers have the equipment but choose not to remove honeycombs or hives and use toxic chemicals to treat bees. Ask to see their apiary not one they work with! Ask to see if they have completed any certification or have any insurance or repair experience.
We prioritize saving bees so much we buy bees from these companies!
We would rather see that hive safely relocated than poisoned by would be removal technicians.
Not necessarily is the short answer. Because we are beekeepers and make money from bee’s honey, we can offer honeybee removal significantly cheaper than our competition most of the time. We safely remove honeybees allowing that hive or bee swarm to become a future revenue source for our company.
Safe live bee removal is more labor intensive and is really a job for skilled bee removal specialists ensuring the bees do not return. Daily we hear stories from customers of exterminators or bee control services that "sprayed the bees" a few years ago and they are back. Spraying chemicals often just results in dead bees but not dead bee colonies. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to save these honeybees. Although, the poisons used don't last long it can contaminate equipment used on healthy live removals after time. Please be safe and don't use chemicals. Avoid it all together. Proper bee removal does not need chemicals. Also, technicians skilled in animal removals or wildlife control are not beekeepers. These services are exterminators posing as bee removal. Use beekeepers or a skilled bee control specialist.
What sort of Warranty do I get?
Part of the guarantee and warranty for our work is bee proofing your house. We seal up cracks and crevices and remove the space of the hive preventing it from coming back. We offer limited lifetime warranties for any bee removals performed to an area. Wasp removal and wasp nests as well as bee swarm removal are not warrantied as these come back just due to the north Texas environment. Honeybee hive removal if done correct should never have honeybees that come back to the area.
Safe bee removal is really a job for the professionals. It is best to leave it to one of our removal specialists to avoid painful stings, or worse, discover you are allergic to bees!
Once the live removal is complete, we inspect the rest of the area and house for any other hives or swarms of bees in your house restoring it to its original condition (unless otherwise agreed upon).
We also offer Bee Proofing and preventative services.
Bee proofing your home or business will prevent future bee squatters, and you and your neighborhood bees can live in harmony. We seal up holes check woodpiles, brush and other places bees might use to build a hive in your home as a preventative measure to avoid the bee removal process in the future. Scout bees don’t like it when we seal up cracks and crevices. Our preventative services also prevent a deterrent to yellow jacket wasps and hornets. Ask our technicians about this service
Our locally owned and operated company has a commitment to our customers "treat everything like it was your house" and "Always do the right thing."
Think of us next time you search for "Bee removal near me" or beehive removal first! If you have questions email or call, we are always here for our customers.
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