Bees, bees, bees. They are a nearly unavoidable part of Springtime, and unfortunately, the occasional (or frequent) sound of buzzing can overshadow the many joys of the season. If you are considering removing bees from your property, make sure you understand the task at hand. This post explains the ups and downs of removing bees.

Before attempting bee removal, it is important to know what type of bee you are planning to uproot. If you have a wasp infestation, be extremely wary about removing the infestation without consulting a professional. Wasps are very aggressive and will attack if threatened. For more information on identifying wasps, read last week’s post.

Honey bees and bumble bees are usually safe for removal. They may attack when in danger, but are much more conservative with their stings. Honey bees are black and gold, whereas bumble bees are black and yellow. Bumble bees are also larger than honey bees, but both types have rounded abdomens.

The next thing to do is consider your overall level of safety. While bees can definitely be a nuisance, it may be too much trouble to remove them if they aren’t causing any harm. Honey bees and bumble bees are docile and valuable to the earth. If you can avoid removing them, try to do so. A full-scale removal may only be necessary if you or someone in your household is allergic to bees.

Removing bees without the help of a professional can be a time-consuming process. Depending on the location of the nest, you will have to decide whether you want to trap and move the bees or exterminate them. Trapping can take a long time and if their nest is attached to your home, they may find a way to escape – inside your walls and into your living space. A simple soap-and-water concoction may be sufficient for extermination. If the infestation is out of hand, consider purchasing stronger, botanical pesticides.

Calling a beekeeper or pest control company is the best way to get an experienced opinion. However, there are downsides to this as well. A beekeeper may not see the benefit in removing your infestation; the survival rate of the bees drops immensely when taken from their chosen nesting place. Many pest control companies will not remove honey bees because they are so endangered. If they do, they usually will not take time to relocate them. They may exterminate them outright.

Unless the bees are causing harm, or you have a bee allergy, your best bet may be to let the bees be. They will only reside there for a few months and it will save you time and money to accept them. However, living in fear of an infestation is unnecessary. If you are serious about bee removal, or have any questions about it, please contact us.