When it comes to your home, some things require a professional: plumbing, roofing and electrical work are just a few services that come to mind. Homeowners are willing to hire the pros for some things, but when it comes to bee removal, too many people try to do it on their own!
Bee removal is easy, right? You simply spray the hive with a hose or some pesticides, and your problem is solved. Wrong! Bee removal is difficult work. It requires experience and skill to do it right and to do it safely.
Why is bee removal not a job for the novice? Here are just three of the reasons why you should never try to remove bees on your own.
Why Bee Removal Is Not a DIY Job
There are a few problems with the do-it-yourself method of bee removal. For one, bee removal can be hazardous. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you put yourself at a very high risk of getting stung (and probably not just once). Most likely, you don’t have the proper tools to do the job thoroughly, safely and humanely. And when your bees are located on a roof, tree or anywhere else that is at a height, it can be easy to fall and get seriously injured.
Second, it is critical to remove all of the bees, honey and honeycomb during the bee removal process. Leaving even a small amount of the pheromones behind can attract more bees in the future. Even worse, other insects and rodents can be attracted to the honey, and they can do even more damage. Novices either don’t know this, or don’t have the skills to completely remove all traces of the original bees.
Lastly, homeowners can rarely remove the bees in a humane way that does not cause harm to the bees. Honeybees aren’t a nuisance to be removed. They play an invaluable role in pollination and agriculture, and need to be protected. Live bee removal specialists know how to carefully remove the bees if they pose a danger to people or property. Then, the bees can be rehomed at an apiary to go on pollinating and thriving!
When Do You Need to Call in Bee Removal Professionals?
Hopefully, you’ve been convinced not to try to remove a hive or swarm on your own. But the question remains, how do you know when your bees need to be removed or just left alone? At D-Tek Live Bee Removal, we get a ton of calls from concerned customers who aren’t sure how to handle a bee infestation, swarm or hive on their properties. Every situation is different, but here are a couple of things to consider that can help you make the right decision.
For a swarm of bees…
Swarms usually occur in the late spring or early summer. Although they look menacing, swarming bees are actually not a significant threat. The bees are simply in a holding pattern, waiting until their new home has been chosen. Swarms typically only stick around for a few hours or days. And because they have no hive or honey to protect, they are at their most docile. Before leaving their original home, the bees fill up on food to hold them over until they settle into their new hive. They need to be extra careful not to expend too much energy while swarming, so chasing humans is not a priority.
If you do have a swarm on your property, do not aggravate them. Simply leaving the bees alone and waiting for them to move on is usually the best tactic. If they are swarming in an area that poses a danger, like the entrance to your home or near where children play, call a professional bee removal specialist to relocate your swarm.
For a hive of bees…
Beehives can cause damage to your home. When honeybees build their nest in your attic, roof or garage, there is the possibility of structural damage. Seeping honey can cause damage to walls and attract rodents and insects. If you think you have a hive in your home, do not attempt to get a closer look. Call a live bee removal professional right away. They can assess your bee situation and recommend the best course of action to remove your bees safely. Expert bee removal specialists can even make repairs to your home to ensure that bees won’t come back to the same location again in the future.
At the first sign of bees, call in the professionals.
If you have a swarm or hive at your San Diego area home or business, do not attempt to remove them on your own. Call in the experts to safely remove the bees and help prevent bee infestations in the future. Bee removal can be dangerous and challenging to do properly. Do you need bee removal? Call D-Tek Live Bee Removal today!