How to Relocate Bees Without Killing Them

How to relocate bees without killing them

Bees play a vital role in the ecosystem of the planet. Besides offering honey, beeswax, pollen and other products, bees also help plants reproduce. They do this through pollination, a process whereby the bees take and spread the pollen from flowers. The bees thereby directly help plants, flowers, trees and other food crops to grow. Without bees, human beings would not have the same access to vegetables and fruits, and nature would be far less diverse. We need bees! In this article we will explore a unique approach to bee removal without killing them.

Why you should remove bees?

In many cases, there is no need to remove bees. They often locate themselves in trees away from urban areas. However, there are some cases where bees settle near a person’s home. If you leave them alone, they most likely won’t cause any issues. But sometimes the bees get too close for comfort and people prefer to call a pest control company to remove the bee hive.

These are some other common reasons why people prefer to remove bees:

  1. Allergic reactions: Some people are highly sensitive to bee stings, in rare instances even causing life-threatening reactions. It’s clear that a bee hive needs to be removed if the bees are located close to a person who has a bee allergy.
  2. Noise: Bees can be an annoyance due to their loud presence, especially when there is a large bee colony.
  3. Attract other pests: While bees are usually harmless by themselves, they can attract other pests like rodents.
  4. Structural damages: Bee hives occasionally cause structural damages to properties.
  5. Self-protection: Bees sometimes awkwardly and unknowingly position themselves close to areas where they themselves can get disturbed, such as near a highway or busy urban area.

If any of these situations applies to you, you may wonder what your options are. Many people think that killing the bee hive is the way forward, but here at Killem Pest we relocate the bees. The remainder of this article will focus on how to remove bees without killing them.

Pro Tip: Bee decline affects human lives, so it is important to control bees without killing them by hiring bee relocation professionals.

Can bees be removed without killing them?

The simple answer is yes: Bees can be removed without killing them. Killem Pest collaborates with The Sundowner Bee Rescue to not only safely remove bee hives, but to give the bees a new, safe home as well.

In this way, bees can continue their vital practice of pollination in a protected area.

Ways to remove bees without killing them

Removing bees by yourself may not be a smart idea. There are various safe ways to remove bees without killing them, and they all involve the help of a pest control professional and/or beekeeper. To handle a bee removal, you need to have the right protective equipment, knowledge as well as experience. So unless you have a background in beekeeping or pest control it is best not to attempt to remove the bees yourself.

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A professional will start with identifying the type of bee and the size of the hive. They will sometimes apply smoke, not to harm the bees, but to calm them. This creates a safe foundation for removing the bees without killing them.

Then, when the bees are least aggressive, the removal job can take place. Depending on the type of bee, a beekeeper or pest control company will vacuum away the bees into a container or cut around where the bees are located, ie a piece of tree trunk. This can be a tough job, especially if the bees are located at higher levels. Once the hive is removed, it can then slowly be relocated to a new site where the bees can live a happy, carefree life.

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Early signs of a formation of bee hives

People often contact a professional when a bee hive is large. It is best to take note of the early signs of bee hive formations, as it will make a bee relocation job a little easier and safer. Also, by detecting bee hives in their early stages near properties, there is less risk of getting disturbed by the bees.

Scout bees, as their name implies, are bees who’s main role is to do field research. Their job is to find a suitable spot for a bee hive. If you suddenly notice lots of bees flying around, it may well be a bunch of scout bees.

Wax flakes are one of the first things bees make when they start building a bee hive. The flakes or small and have a white colour. They can be found on walls or in trees, basically near any potential settlement for bee hives. Spotting these wax flakes may be an early sign of the formation of a bee hive.

In general, the clearest sign of a potential bee presence is increased bee activities around your property. They may also be heard through their loud buzzing sounds.

So once you’ve spotted a bee hive, how to remove it?

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How to remove a bee hive

We’ve learned two main things so far when it comes to how to remove a bee hive safely:

  • Don’t do it youself, leave it to a professional beekeeper or pest control technician
  • There is no need to kill the bees, as they can be relocated

Killem Pest encourages the safe removal of bee hives without doing harm to the bees. We recognize that bees play an important role in the biodiversity of the planet, and that bees do far more good than harm.

Simultaneously, we know that bees can cause discomfort for people, especially when there are large swarms of bees.

Together with The Sundowner Bee Rescue, we offer a unique, sustainable approach to handling bee problems. While we provide help and expertise with safely removing the bees, The Sundowner gives the bees a safe home on their roof terrace, where they can live freely and enjoy the flowers that are abundant.

We believe this is the ultimate solution for bee issues in urban areas, and a solution that should be adopted by more pest control companies around the globe. Together we can save the bees!

Author: Soleha Nisaa

Frequently Asked Questions

It is not recommended to relocate bees on your own, as it can be dangerous without the proper knowledge and equipment. It is best to contact a professional beekeeper or a pest control company that offers humane bee relocation services.

Most types of bees can be relocated, including honeybees, bumblebees, and carpenter bees. However, some species, such as Africanized bees, can be more aggressive and may require more specialized equipment and techniques for relocation.

Bees should be relocated to an area that is at least several miles away from their original location to prevent them from returning. It is also important to ensure that the new location has suitable resources and habitat for the bees to thrive.

If you have a bee infestation on your property, it is best to contact a professional pest control company that offers humane bee relocation services. Do not attempt to remove the hive or disturb the bees on your own, as this can be dangerous and can lead to further harm to the bees and yourself.

Bees can be naturally deterred by the smell of cucumber, peppermint, garlic, and citronella. Placing these near the hive or in the area where they are gathering can make the bees go away.