1. Do not try to steal them in a wall with expanding foam. If they don’t chew their way out, they will die and liquefy and with the honey and baby bees and rot and stink. Then you have a new problem – oozing stinking fluid in your walls seeping out and also attracting ants, mice, and rats.
2. Do not spray with wasp spray. You will not kill them all because 98% are deep in the wall or roof or tree. You will only make them mad and make the situation more difficult to deal with when a beekeeper is called to help.
3. Do not call an exterminator. For the same price or less, you can have a competent beekeeper save and rescue the whole colony and remove all the honey, wax, brood, and bees. Save the bees!
Was called in today to help a fellow beekeeper with a high up swarm which in the end it was about 4 1/2 pounds – massive!
Grab the big swarm today in Belmont – probably 3 pounds worth of beers – and even found the queen in the process. Yay!
Received a call today from a credit union that a swarm looked like it was about to move into a stucco wall. We sprung into action, dropped a bait hive, and happily watched everybody move into the box instead of the wall. Good catch. Small swarm but really nice bees.
Unfortunately the entrance of this bee tree was at kid height so it is time for these bees to go. In a few weeks the bees will all be safely removed and everyone happy!
Off we go to rescue this drive by swarm in Mountain View.