What to do when bees move in

I know that many people are concerned about honey bees and the decline in their population. I don’t want to get into a dissertation on that topic, but instead provide information on what should be done when the turn into a pest. What? Did she just say honey bees and pest in the same sentence? How is that possible? Well, a “pest” is something that is considered to be out of place, so when honey bees move into an unwanted area (under sheds, water meter boxes, wall voids, etc.) they need to go somewhere else. Honey bees are capable of stinging and some people are very allergic to the venom, so stinging incidences can be of medical importance. Taking all of this into account, there are times when bees need to be removed from certain places.


Honey bees are a non-native species. Yes, both the ones that everyone adores and the Africanized bees that are villainized. These are the same species of bee that are different

Removing honey comb from a wall void.

Removing honey comb from a wall void.

subspecies. Many times people talk to me as if Africanized bees are somehow separate and don’t do the “good things” like produce honey, wax and other products; they do produce those items but they have the unfortunate nature of often being more aggressive.

So, what should you do if bees move in to an unwanted location? First, check if it’s a swarm or a hive/ colony. You can find out more about the difference between the two here. Once you have that down, you will know if you need to wait for the bees to move along on their own or if you need to call someone. Yes, I said call someone. This is not something that you should try to do yourself because of the dangerous stinging incidences that can occur. Options would be beekeepers or pest management companies. Now before everyone gets into a tizzy, I am not saying kill all bees. This may have to happen in some cases, but there are times when honey bees can be removed and relocated. There are beekeepers that provide both services and there are pest management companies that provide both services. Your job is to contact someone who will provide you with the service that you want at a price point that you are okay with. And yes, it will cost you to have them removed (with either method). I know of no one who offers this service for free. You should be able to look for companies or beekeepers in the phone book or by utilizing an online search.

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