Need some help with unwanted bees on your property? The best way to start is by contacting one of our members that is a specialist in the field. The companies listed below are long time members of our organization and have the experience to help you with any questions you may have.
Bee Removal FAQ
Will the bees leave on their own?
Sometimes, yes. A migrating swarm that stops to rest while searching for a new nesting site will typically leave within 1 – 72 hours. Normally these are clusters about the size of a football clinging to a tree branch or other exposed location. However, an established colony almost never leaves on its own. If the bees have established honeycombs, they will not leave. Typically colonies are found in hollow spaces such as walls, roofs, chimneys, water meter boxes, and the list goes on. Never try to ‘convince’ the bees to leave by using a water hose, lighting a fire, using hardware store sprays, or any other method that sounds like a good idea; its not!
Will someone collect my bees for free?
No. Persons with the expertise in beekeeping and/or pest control do charge for their time and services. Bee removal is a very specialized field that requires a lot of experience as well as licenses and insurance. Safety is the number one concern in our urban environment, so for your family’s safety and your neighbors’, please call a professional company.
Should we save or relocate the bees?
Live removal is not usually the best option. The bees here in the southern California area are Africanized. Sometimes they can be relocated by someone with extensive experience, but safety is always first. It is best left up to the professional to decide if it is a situation that may allow for relocation. Also, relocating and working with Africanized bees after the removal is no picnic either. Beekeepers like to keep gentle and manageable hives.
Are my bees Africanized?
The official ruling after years of testing and monitoring, is Yes. You cannot tell if they are Africanized by looking at them or observing their behavior on any given day. The genetics have saturated our area and they are dominant. It is the official recommendation of the OC Agricultural Commissioner’s office as well as the California State Beekeepers Association, that feral bees in Africanized zones such as Orange County be eliminated, as the risk outweighs the potential benefits.
Are all the bees dying?
It is much harder to keep bees than it used to be. Beekeepers face a host of problems ranging from mites (the worst culprit) to diseases and starvation. However, we are not going to run out of bees anytime soon and they are not endangered. If you saw a documentary or news article, remember that those are designed to create concern and they are not always all factual. The best way to support the beekeeping community is to buy local bee products, donate to bee research, or even host an educational event.