If you've come across a swarm of honey bees in your yard, it's natural to be overwhelmed or even scared at the notion of having to deal with so many bees. Fortunately, it's possible to relocate honey bees so that they have a more suitable space to call their home. Here are a few guidelines to follow when removing honey bees.
1. Avoid Extermination When Possible
Honey bees play a valuable part in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. While it's easy to exterminate them, it's better for the environment if you can relocate them (assuming it's safe and possible to do so).
Occasionally, you may see a group of honey bees flying around your property and not congregating in a specific spot. This is known as a swarm of honey bees, and they are searching for a new home. There's no need to exterminate honey bee swarms, as they're peaceful unless provoked and typically go on their way within a couple of days. If they do hang around, an experienced pest control specialist can encourage the honey bees to enter a decoy hive and relocate them.
2. Hire a Professional to Handle the Honey Bee Removal
Unless you're an experienced beekeeper, it's best to hire a pest control expert to handle the removal of honey bees. An expert knows whether it's best to cut and remove the existing honeycombs (a labor-intensive project that usually takes a day), or if the bees should be trapped using a decoy hive (a process that takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months). They also have the appropriate gear to safely remove the honey bees, even when they're in high up or in difficult to maneuver spaces.
When you remove honeybees, it's essential to thoroughly clean the former location of the hive so that the bees' pheromones don't remain. Otherwise, the bees may smell the pheromones and return. A pro knows the best techniques for cleaning and covering the smell of pheromones.
3. Close Off the Access Points to the Honey Bees' Hive
Once all the honey bees are removed and their honeycombs are cleaned out, you'll need to close off the entry points where they built their hive. Common places for honeybees to build their hives include hollowed-out trees, sheds, gutters, underneath a roof, and between a home's walls. It's necessary to caulk and seal the cracks and holes so that bees (and other pests) are kept out.
Reach out to a local honey bee removal service to learn more.