Bee Removal

Honey Bees are dying off world wide, and we all need to pull together to help protect them. However finding bees living in your house or on your property can be unsettling or down right scary. Removing the bees correctly is the key to prevent further damage to the home and stop the bees from returning.  We can assist home owners in the southern Maine and southern New Hampshire with removing honey bees. Please contact us at removal@bluelineapiary.com  for a free quote or advice on removing the honey bees.

Once removed the bees will be transplanted to a new home. The will be monitored to ensure they are healthy and settle into their new home.

 

The first rule is DON’T SPRAY WITH PESTICIDES.

Spraying the bees with pesticides will often not kill the hive just drive them to a new location in your house. If the bees do die off they will leave a sticky mess which will attract all sorts of critters like ants and mice. Your family will be exposed to poisonous honey leaching into your home.

There is also a high possibility of new bees will also return to the old hive. They will be able to smell the old hive for many years from up to a mile away. A new swarm of bees will move right back into the location if it is not properly sealed up.
We have experience removing bees from all sorts of locations at reasonable competitive rates. Once we safely remove the live bees, we transport them to a new home. They are fed and medicated to reduce stress from moving and any diseases the bees may have.
It is important to ensure you do have bees living in your home and they are not wasps or hornets. If it is possible safely identify the location of the hive. Honey Bees will move into existing spaces and voids. They build comb out of wax which is typically about 1.5” wide which is attached directly to the roof. If you see a paper or mud nest, it is most likely a wasp nest. Honey Bees will not live in the ground or dirt. Bees do have yellow and black strips but will not be bright “road paint” yellow. These are typically wasps.
If you believe you have bees living on your property, please contact us to arrange a free estimate.


Frequently Asked Questions:
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Why do you charge to remove bees?

There are many expenses to removing bees. There is the obvious time, highly specialised equipment, add to that the cost of the wooden ware (new home), medication, transportation costs, and food. These expenses quickly add up to more than purchasing bees from a supplier. There is also a high lose ratio of removed bees, which adds to cost of the bees.

Harsh Maine winters require lots of honey for the bees to survive. This means a hive must be firmly established for at least a year until a beekeeper can take honey. Removed bees are too busy making a new home to make extra honey. Some beekeepers will offer to remove bees for free, they typically are inexperienced and lack carpentry experience. We encourage you to shop around and see what you are really getting.

Will the bees come back?
No, We completely fill the void and seal the entrances. This prevents bees from returning.

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When is the best time to remove honey bees?
Under the best circumstances, bees will be removed in late spring or early summer. This gives the bees plenty of time to establish a new hive. However it is possible to remove them year round in some cases.