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With so much concern over the state of honeybees today, many people wonder why bee removal isn’t free. After all, don’t beekeepers want the swarm or established colony on my property? Won’t my bees make them honey (and a lot of money)?

We understand the confusion. Some beekeepers will remove bees for free, while others charge a fee. Some bee removal companies charge nominal fees, whereas others charge a fair price for the work it takes to remove the bees successfully. It is no wonder that the general public has a few critical misconceptions about what it takes to remove honeybees!

Common Misconceptions About Honeybee Removal

Bees are always very valuable.

While honeybees are undoubtedly valuable to our environment, beekeepers do take a risk when they rescue a swarm or colony of wild honeybees. They never know what they are going to get – from irritable bees to those infected with disease or mites, there is no telling! For hives or swarms that are not in ideal shape, the beekeeper will need to dedicate a great deal of time, energy and money to get them well.

Many people also assume that honeybees always make a lot of honey. The reality is that several factors determine how much honey a colony will produce. Things such as the health of the hive, the season and the maturity of the colony can all impact the amount of honey made.

Bee removal is easy work.

Every bee removal is different depending on the location and size of the hive or swarm. One thing remains the same – it is not an easy task! A swarm hovering on a tree branch can be easier to remove. Established hives, on the other hand, can be a big challenge, even for the most experienced beekeeper or bee removal expert. Honeybee colonies have likely built a ton of honeycomb to create their elaborate hives. Often, these hives are built in structures such as roofs, attics, decks, sheds and behind siding, making them even more challenging to access.

Why Live Bee Removal Should Not Be Free

Now that we have cleared up some of the common misconceptions about bee removal, let’s dig into the reasons why live bee removal does (and should) cost money.

It requires specialized skills, training and equipment.

Live bee removal is not a job for a novice. In fact, an inexperienced bee removal technician has the potential to injure the bees, themselves and to cause destruction to property. Not to mention the fact that many who are new to bee removal neglect to remove all of the honeycomb, resulting in an influx of bees and other critters in the future. To have your bee problem taken care of correctly the first time, always hire a live bee removal company that has experience, provides client testimonials and boasts a reputation for exceptional service. Remember, the training and equipment needed to do the job right cost money!

It can be a difficult and dangerous job.

One of the primary reasons you should never attempt to remove a beehive or swarm on your own – it’s pretty darn dangerous! If you don’t know what you’re doing, you run the risk of receiving multiple bee stings. Stings are more than uncomfortable; they can be deadly. Professional bee removal experts have extensive experience handling bees safely and humanely. Part of the cost of bee removal is having a professional take on some of that risk, keeping you and your family safe.

Business expenses add up.

Like any business, bee removal companies have expenses to keep their businesses in operation. Bee removal requires specialized equipment, not only during the actual removal process, but for the protection of the technicians. Vehicle expenses can also add up, since the technician comes to your home to perform the removal and then transports the bees to an apiary to be rehomed. Other operating costs for bee removal companies include licenses, insurance, supplies for bee removal repairs and 24/7 customer service.

It’s so much more than removal.  

Finally, a professional team like D-Tek Live Bee Removal does so much more than remove your bees. We are a full-service company that can perform bee removal repairs and bee proofing. Services like these give you peace of mind knowing that bees won’t come right back to your property! Simply put, free bee removal offers won’t be able to provide the kind of comprehensive service that a reputable bee removal company can give their customers.

Just Say No to Free Bee Removal

We hope we’ve answered your questions regarding free bee removal. If you are still unclear or have questions about why you should work with a company like D-Tek Live Bee Removal, give us a call. Our team is always standing by to provide information, guidance and the best San Diego bee removal services in the area.