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About

We specialize in the humane extraction of bees. We then relocate the bee colony to an appropriate site where the bees can thrive. We bring a unique combination of skills and sensibilities to bee work. With years of experience as beekeepers and licensed contractor, we understand how to minimize the impact of a bee colony removal.

Joan is getting ready to remove a swarm

Joan is getting ready to remove a swarm

Swarm Catching:
You might find one spring day a large number of honey bees clinging to a tree limb or bush in your yard! This can be very exciting or alarming depending on your disposition towards bees. Now would be the time to call us and we will safely come and rescue these bees relocating them to a suitable new location.

Some important things we would like to know about your particular situation so we can successfully help you are:

Where are the bees located? i.e. tree, bush, eave of house etc.

How big is the swarm? i.e. the size of a basketball or cantaloup?

How high up off the ground would you estimate them to be?

Is anyone on the property allergic or sensitive to bee stings?

Are there any pets to be considered – i.e. biting dogs?

Is there a school located near the swarm?

When did you first notice them?

We can usually handle any of the above issues, letting us know ahead of time helps us to bring the right equipment.

Bee Extractions:
Bees can swarm and then enter into your home or commercial building. We’ve even seen them start a hive under trash can lids or inside utility boxes.

A well established colony in the wall of a house about to be extracted.

A well established colony in the wall of a house about to be extracted.

The main difference between catching a swarm or needing to do an extraction is if there is the presence of wax comb. Once the bees find a suitable location they immediately start building comb. Once there is comb the job becomes an extraction. This takes special training to be able to open up the area where the bees are (with out hurting the bees) and remove the comb so the bees can reuse it.
As you can see in the picture on the right, we take precautions to keep the bees in an enclosed space, there by eliminating the homeowners stress of having bees flying around while we do our work.
It is very important to have honey bees removed once you see them entering your house due to how fast bees multiply and build their wax comb. Bees bring in honey which will attract other pests like ants. Wax is a fire hazard especially when combined with a structures wood framing and other flammable materials.
Understanding how buildings are constructed is a necessity so that more damage is not created to your home or structure while eliminating the bees. Along with understanding building construction we think like bees and can typically determine where they have built their home within your home. We know that if there is plumbing or electrical in the wall or any other reason there could be a 1/4″ opening that we will find bees busy building. Thus when we give you an estimate of cost it takes into consideration all of this before we give you a price and time frame to accomplish the work.
One of the benefits to removing your honey bees is that they now will be placed into a Langstroth hive and be removed to a location where they will benefit their surrounding habitat. Honey bees are dedicated pollinators that enrich our environment. Without them we will not be eating 1/3 of the foods we eat today! You are adding to saving a very important species, plus benefitting humanity by the responsible removal and relocation of the colony of honey bees you find in your structure.