Honey Bees: Frequently Asked Questions

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When honey bees build their hive in your walls, roofs, or siding, they can create costly damage. We’ve compiled a list of common bee control questions to help homeowners that are dealing with their first honey bee infestation. Each honey bee infestation is unique, and this list is intended to give general information that will help homeowners make an informed decision.

How Are Bees Removed?

Beekeepers remove the insects using bee-safe vacuums or simply by scooping them up with their hands. During the removal process, wildlife professionals are equipped with sting-proof clothes, masks, and gloves. The bees are home then placed into transport hives that will be their temporary until they are relocated to a more suitable environment. After the colony has been moved into a mobile hive (transport boxes), they are referred to a bee sanctuary.

Learn More: What Happens To Honey Bees During The Bee Control Process?

Why Are Bees Around My Home?

Bees will swarm during the summertime and begin to look for new nesting sites during this time. Certain colors, flowers, and scents such as honey will attract bees to your home. If bees previously infested your home, it possible that leftover combs are attracting the insects. Understanding which colors/flowers attract bees will aid in the prevention of beehives in or around the home.

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Are The Insects In My Home Africanized Honey Bees?

Africanized honey bees are slightly smaller than their European counterparts. Despite their similar appearance, distinguishing between a normal honey bee and a dangerous killer bee requires an expert eye. Since their introduction, they have killed over 1,000 people, with victims receiving ten times the number of stings as victims of the European strain. They react ten times faster than European Honey Bees to disturbances and will chase a person for a quarter-mile.

Learn More: How To Identify Africanized Honey Bees?

Are Bees Killed During The Removal Process?

Exterminators and Pest Control Services sometimes kill bumblebees and honey bees. If you discover a beehive or swarm of bees near your home, contact bee control professionals to remove the bees and relocate them without killing them! Animals Happen only utilizes wildlife technicians with humane honey bee relocation services. As a result, bees get a second chance to contribute to the environment by pollinating.

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Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Bee Removal?

No, bee removal services or most nuisance animal infestations are not covered by homeowners insurance. However, if a colony of bees decides your home is the ideal location for their new hive, you should hire wildlife control or bee removal services to relocate them. Depending on the size and species of bee, nest removal could cost a few hundred dollars.

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Will You Repair Damaged Caused By Honey Bees?

Honeybees often construct their nests inside walls, eaves of your roof, fences, sheds, and garages. The weight of the nest can break or tear wood, sheetrock, and insulation. Therefore, removing the bees and repairing damages at the first signs of an infestation is essential.

Animals Happen is well aware of the havoc that a bee colony can create within walls and attic. Our pre-qualified bee control expert can relocate bees and repair all damage caused by their hives.

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What Is The Difference Between Bees And Wasps?

Honey bees and wasps can be mistaken for one another because of their similar bodies. Honey bees have hairy skin, whereas wasps have a smooth, shiny coat. Wasps are naturally more aggressive predators than honey bees, who can attack if provoked. The most effective way to get rid of wasps or hornets is to eliminate the nest.

Learn More: How Are Wasps Different From Bees?

How Much Does Humane Bee Removal Cost?

The average cost of removing a beehive is $75 to $150, with more complicated jobs costing up to $800. Depending on the size of the infestation, you’ll pay anywhere from $80 to $2,500 for different levels of infestation. A small infestation may involve a nest or two in the home or along the overhangs of the house’s exterior. In contrast, a severe infestation will almost certainly include bees in your home’s walls.

Learn More: How Is The Cost Of Bee Removal Determined?

Need Help With Another Concern?

With over a decade of experience, Animals Happen’s pre-screened technicians have seen all types of honey bee infestations. If you have a concern that we haven’t addressed, please contact us to speak with our wildlife removal specialists. They will be able to guide you through the removal process and give you advice on the best practices for your particular insect problem. Call us at 833-633-1120.