Daly City Swarm

This was a nice swarm of honeybees hanging out on a fence in Daly City. It’s almost August but swarm season continues!

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Starting an Oak Tree Trapout in Redwood City

This great big magnificent heritage Oak in Redwood City had been discovered by a swarm of bees but unfortunately this isn’t the place for them. A trap that was started and seems to be working great. In 4 weeks all the bees in the tree will have moved into the box and the box will get to go somewhere else.

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Redwood City Trapout

Well that was a fast one – less than a week and all the bees decided to abscond from this gigantic redwood tree. All is well that ends well!

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Why Choose a Local Beekeeper to Help Solve your Bee Problem?

There are couple of benefits that you may enjoy while getting your beehive removed from beekeeper:
1. It costs you less money.
2. It is safe for you and your family.

3. You can remove bees humanely and save bees.

4. Saved bees pollinate flowers, fruits, vegetables and continue to be a part of the ecosystem.

If you have a honeybee swarm around or within your house and want to remove it, then find a local beekeeper today!

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How To Remove Bees From a Tree

Tree trunks and hollows are the common areas where bees build their hives. Removing bees from trees can be a challenging task for you. Usually, a beehive in a tree trunk may have 5,000 to 20,000 bees. If you choose DIY bee removal, then you will have to buy a protective suit, equipment and learn the bee removal technique. The cost involved in DIY method is way higher than the cost of hiring bee removal specialist or beekeeper. There are bee removal companies that provide live bee removal using humane methods.
If you choose to remove bees yourself, then you need to do some post-removal tasks as well. Once you get rid of bees, the smell of decayed honey will attract the new bee colonies to build their hives. Hence, it is recommended that you should fill the tree hollows after removing bees. If the hollow is quite large, then you can fill the trunk with newspaper and close it with expanding foam. This will prevent the future bee infestations.

The limitation of DIY method is the lack of knowledge and skill. Many people think that bee removal is an easy task. However, when it comes to bees in tree trunks, they can pose a danger to your life as bees usually attack in swarms when they feel agitated or threatened. Getting multiple bee stings can take you directly to the emergency ward of the hospital. Hence, do not take Bees in tree trunks lightly.

It is essential to identify the type of bees before executing the removal process. Africanized bees are quite aggressive and dangerous. An ordinary person will not be able to determine if the bees are Africanized or not. Professional bee removal experts will first identify the type of bee and then execute the removal process accordingly.

If you enjoy poisoning chemicals, then go for bee extermination. However, if you want to remove bees without killing them, then hire a beekeeper or humane bee removal company. 

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What should you do if you see beehives in or around your home?

If you see a swarm of bees near your home, you might be wondering how to kill a beehive. But before you take action against these buzzing insects, you should know that bees are beneficial pollinators. In fact, a large percentage of the fruits and vegetables you eat are made possible by these insects, specifically honey bees. Outright killing bees is frowned upon by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations working to stop a global decline in honey bee numbers.
So what should you do if you see beehives in or around your home? Here are six steps to take:

1. Give the bees space.

When dealing with insects that can sting, it’s always wise to avoid provoking them. Most bee species only sting if they feel their hive or queen are threatened. Keeping your distance decreases the chances of an angry hive. A swarm of bees will typically gather on a branch, bush or post ( a doorpost, fence post, etc.), surrounding the queen. Steering clear of this area should reduce the likelihood of stings.

2. Keep pets and people allergic to stings away from bee-infested areas.

If the hive or swarm is outside, you should keep your pets, children and anyone sensitive to insect stings inside, away from the bees. If there is a beehive inside your home, try to isolate the area.

3. Figure out where the bees are coming from.

If the hive is located inside your home, try to identify where the bees entered. However, do not attempt to block access to the hive, as this could result in the bees escaping into other areas of your home.

4. Avoid using spray insecticides or traps.

It’s tempting to try to spray the hive or attempt to catch the bees inside a trap. Before you do, think about what could go wrong. Bee extermination is difficult for a number of reasons, including the fact that many commonly sold insecticides are banned for use near bees by the EPA. This means that the use of such products on bees is illegal. With traps, you wind up needing to dispose of a container full of angry insects. Moreover, if your trap isn’t successful in capturing all of the bees, the rest of the hive will remain an issue.

5. Call a professional to handle bee removal.
If the bees in your yard are honey bees, it’s likely that a local beekeeper may be able to take them off your hands at little to no cost, depending on the location of the hive or swarm. To find out if there are beekeepers in your area, check with the American Beekeeping Federation or Apiary Inspectors of America. For other bee species, or large indoor hives, getting rid of bees may require consulting a pest management professional.

6. Remove all traces of the hive and repair any damage.
If you’ve had beehives taken out of your home or attic, be sure to clean up behind them. Bees in walls or cavities often leave behind honey and other residues that could attract animals and certain insects. To prevent a larger problem, be sure to get rid of any leftover honeycomb, repair damaged walls and seal the entry points bees used to get into your home.

By following these steps, you can minimize the risk of being stung and ensure that any bees stopping by your home won’t remain there for long. Bee removal shouldn’t be a solo endeavor — call an expert if you have questions.

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San Carlos Wall Colony Removal

This medium sized honey bee colony had set up shop in a wall in a garage in San Carlos. Usually they like a larger space but these guys extended their comb down 5 feet in a narrow space between studs. In the end about 3 pounds of bees were removed including the queen and relocated to their new permanent home. 

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