- What's the harm in killing them? Honey bees account for the 2/3 of pollination of all fruits and vegetable on earth. There impact on your local economy is in the tens of millions of dollars in produce and foliage alone. The responsible thing is do for your own sake is to relocate the bees.
- Should I consider doing this myself? I wouldn't recommend it, bees are by nature defensive, NOT OFFENSIVE. If you go to disturb them they will defend themselves. They are not yellow jackets or wasps which nest in tens or hundreds. Honey bees nests in thousands and tens of thousands. The venom of honey bees can be fatal
- How much do you charge? every nest is different for that reason I have to gauge your infestation and give you an estimate.
- Do you repair drywall? I usually make it point to do what I am best at and that amounts to taking the bees. I let the homeowner find someone to repair or handle the repair themselves
- Will the honey bees come back? if appropriate measure isn't taken the scent of the last hive is attractive enough to a passing swarm to attract them to nest there again. It is VERY important to seal off any area that can be compromised after the removal. I will usually silicone cracks and encourage homeowners to install fiberglass to deter reinfestations.
- Will it help to spray them with a pesticide? No, think of the nest of bees as a the tip of an iceberg. The few bees that you see congregating on the outside of the house are a mere fraction of what are safely tucked under the rafters or in the walls of your home. You would have to kill the queen for this to be effective, the colony keeps her safely guarded deep the in the hive. There is no chance you will succeed at spraying enough.
- Why wont professional exterminators come and spray? For a number of reasons, the liability to their workers is great w/o proper training and equipment they can be seriously harmed. Second, to really be effective in ridding your home of honey bees you have to extricate the queen and that requires a lot of work. Lastly, in some states honey bees are protected species. These are just a few of the main reasons commercial exterminators aren't interested in help you.
- I noticed alot of bees on windows seals, why is that? Honey bees are very industrious creatures there only concern is too look after the hive and to forage for food. If they are in your home they are looking to escape. The most obvious exit is the natural light of the window.
- What exactly are you going to do? A typical extraction involves identifying where the bees are at (this can be very difficult and time consuming), removing the wall board, sucking up the bees with a special vacuum, and lastly removing several pounds or hundreds of pounds of wax and honey