Unless you are a beekeeper, bee hives in or around your property can be a nuisance at best, and a tremendous health hazard at worst. Many homeowners attempt to remove bees and wasps themselves, but unless the job is done properly the area can still attract a new colony. When attempting bee hive removal Orange County has some special aspects that should be considered. In most cases, complete removal of a bee or wasp hive should be undertaken by an experienced professional with the right equipment.
Did you know that honeybee colonies divide when they get too large? Half the overpopulated colony will fly off to look for a suitable place for a new hive. These swarms can be alarming when you encounter them, but without a hive to defend these bees are less likely to sting. However, a clump of bees on a tree, wall, or the ground means the bees may have found themselves a nice spot. If you find a clump of newly-arrived honeybees, preventing a new bee hive can be as simple as calling up one of Orange County’s many beekeepers to come and collect them and put them to work pollinating oranges, almonds, or any of California’s diverse crops.
Unfortunately, most bee removal is not that simple. Most hives are already established before they are discovered, and there are plenty of other hive-dwelling species that can pose a much bigger danger. Wasps, hornets, bumblebees, carpenter bees, and yellow jackets are all good candidates for professional removal. Many professionals will ask the homeowner to identify the type of bee, but you should be aware before approaching or scheduling bee hive removal Orange County is also home to Africanized, or “killer,” honeybees. These bees are extremely territorial when their hive is established, and can pose a danger even to a healthy adult. When in doubt, allow a professional to identify and remove the hive and its occupants.
Can you remove a bee hive yourself? Some homeowners attempt to remove a hive by spraying the bees with poison. This can result in multiple stings, and usually leaves the hive structure intact where it remains the perfect place for surviving insects or an entirely new colony to set up shop. To make sure the hive stays gone for good, all traces including must be removed including residual scents left by the bees. If the hive is inside a structure or tree then access must be prevented so that other bees do not enter. This can include costly repairs, which some bee removal specialists include in their estimates.
Why should you remove a bee hive on your property? While you may enjoy the bees pollinating your flower bed, a honeybee hive is extremely heavy and one inside your walls or ceiling can cause serious structural damage to your home. Any bee or wasp hive in close proximity to people can be dangerous for children, the elderly, and anyone with an allergy to bee stings. If you or a member of your family have never been stung you could be allergic without knowing. The fastest, safest, and most reliable way to get rid of a bee hive is to call a trained professional.