Advice On Getting Rid Of Bees
If bees didn’t exist neither would humans or many other plant and animal species for that matter, the fact is they are a crucial part to the survival of not only the human race but the world. But that doesn’t mean they don’t create their fair share of problems for us either.
When bees start causing havoc on your property or home then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and no one would blame you for wanting to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Before we dive into the main meat and potatoes of advice let’s preface the article by saying it’s considered unethical to exterminate or use pesticides on bee as they are so crucial to the environment and continuation of the human race as well as population numbers rapidly declining in most parts of the world.
We want to go about removing bees from your home or business in the most humane and non-invasive way possible so that the bee colony is still alive and thriving. If removed properly they can continue to live a fulfilling life cycle afterwards.
If it’s a new swarm of bees chances are it’ll move on within a day or two, if you can wait a few days and try your luck with just letting the hive move on of their own accord. If this isn’t successful move onto removal and as a last resort extermination as detailed below.
The first course of action is identifying the species of bees so you can better assess the type and scope of the problem and figuring out if the hive in question is in good condition or not. Bee keepers who are always looking for more bees to add to their collection will happily take a good condition hive off you for a small fee for transport and food.
There are two main species of bees that are known to gather around humans. These are honey bees who gather in huge number, often with colonies of thousands. While they don’t generally try to cause harm their large numbers can drive you out of your home in the worst case scenario.
Then there are carpenter bees that are more intrusive, read more here, often nest internal causing damage to building and walls. You’ll have to pay for removal as well as damage left from drilling through walls to remove embedding hives.
Expect to pay around $150 for a simple removal by a local bee keeper (check Yellow Pages and local business directories for services like this). $300 up for removing bee hives that haven’t caused damage to your property and up to $500 for more aggressive strains of bees including costs for repairing internal damage caused by carpenter bees drilling holes through walls and other internal structures.
Extermination should be a last resort, expect to pay up to $700 for a service like this, getting multiple quotes from different companies to bag yourself the best price. Then it’s time to resume everything as normal.