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Removing a Beehive On Your Own

First off, NEVER, ever try to remove a beehive on your own. This is probably one of the worst things you can do. I can’t tell you how many “beehive removal fail” videos we’ve seen on Youtube where an Arizona resident tries to remove a beehive on their own.

There is simply no safe way to remove a beehive on your own that won’t result in more than a few stings, a potential trip to the hospital, and a spot on the news. If you’re lucky, no one gets seriously hurt.

Articles floating around Google, like the one below, showing you how to remove your own beehive DIY are horrible endorsements of a DIY pest removal option that can get you seriously injured.

If you have a beehive on your property, don’t wait to call in an expert. And I’m not talking about finding a Craigslist advertisement for someone who is unlicensed to come to your home. I can’t tell you how many calls we get from Arizona homeowners who have gone down this route, finding “cheap” beehive removal services, only to be completely let down when the bees return…

And if you don’t remove beehives correctly, they WILL return.

So, don’t do this:

Beehive removal sounds like a frightening prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. You do need to be aware of a few things and follow certain steps in order to have a successful beehive removal.

Note: These instructions are for destroying the beehive. However, because bees are an integral part of nature and food production, humane solutions should be considered before eliminating a colony. Many beekeepers and pest control companies will remove beehives for free, so check your local listings before pursuing this option.

Step 1 – Make Sure You Aren’t Allergic

Whether or not you have any other allergies, you may be allergic to bee stings. If you are allergic, the venom in a bee sting can cause serious problems such as swelling of the lips or throat, difficulty breathing, tightness of the throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, and passing out due to low blood pressure. For highly allergic individuals, this can be fatal. If you have experienced an allergic bee sting reaction, then beehive removal is best left to the professionals.

Step 2 – Protect Yourself

When attempting to perform a beehive removal, it’s important to wear appropriate clothing. Professional bee removers wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing, and you should too. Bees are aggravated by dark-colors and rough clothing.

Look for a beekeeper’s veil and leather gloves for additional protection of your face and hands. A bee smoker can help calm bees and make them less likely to sting. Don’t wear any perfume, cologne, after-shave, or scented deodorant. The bees may confuse your scent with the scent of flowers.

Step 3 – Locate The Beehive

This sounds like a no-brainer, but often beehives are located in out of the way places like chimneys or in the walls. Also check out bird houses, pots, your attic, trash cans, and any open structure where bees can get in.

Honey bees that nest in your walls pose a health problem as well as a danger to the structure of your house. Beehives in the house can hold 20 to 80 pounds of honey. Honey can ruin walls and ceilings if not removed.

Chimneys are prime targets for bees seeking a new location for a hive. Scouting bees look for places to make their nest. If your chimney doesn’t have a protective screen, you may have a beehive inside. When completing a beehive removal, don’t make any sudden movement. Be sure to exercise extreme caution around any suspected beehives. If you see numerous bees flying around in your house, you know bees have nested. Immediate beehive removal is recommended.

Step 4 – Best Time To Perform Beehive Removal

Kill established bee colonies in late winter or early spring when the bee population in the hive is the smallest. You will also want to apply insecticide in the late afternoon. Again, this is when all the bees will be in the hive or nest. Bees sleep in the evening and early morning.

Step 5 – What To Use For Beehive Removal

In terms of chemicals, a good insecticide such as Sevin works. You will need repeated applications in order to kill all the bees inside the hive.

To remove a beehive located inside your walls, tap with a hammer and listen for the bees’ answering buzz. This is where the nest or hive is located. You’ll need to bore a hole (preferably through an outside wall) and apply the insecticide to the hive.

Step 6 – The Process

Once you’ve located the beehive, put on your protective clothing, beekeeper’s veil, and leather gloves. It’s time to remove your first beehive. Spray the insecticide on the beehive. Do this in the late afternoon or early morning as indicated above. Repeat the application several times in order to kill all the remaining bees in the hive. Remove and destroy the beehive to prevent foraging bees from neighboring colonies from moving in.

Dispose of the removed beehive by placing it in a plastic garbage bag you securely tie. Make sure all the bees inside are dead. Then place it in a trash disposal container (with a tight lid) and put out for trash pickup. After the beehive removal, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. Plug all entrances where bees could gain an entry point. Seal all openings in walls. Install screens over vents and rain spouts. If you’ve bored a hole in an outside wall, seal it up and paint as necessary.

What to Do If You Have Bees in Your Home

Bees are a nuisance and they can create large difficult to remove hives in your Glendale, Arizona home or business. If you suspect that you have a beehive in your home, you should call pest control as soon as possible. In most cases you will not be able to safely or easily remove a hive on your own. A pest control company may also be able to preserve the hive and relocate it to protect the local bee population when appropriate.

What to Do If You Have Bees in Your Home

Take Pictures of the Insects

The first step is to identify what type of bee or insect you have. Take pictures of the bees and send them to your pest control company so that they can identify them. The company can also stop by your home to inspect them in person, but you need to identify what type of insects you have so that the proper removal technique can be used. Stinging insects like wasps will make nests out of wood fiber, while honeybees have nests with honeycomb made from beeswax. A local beekeeper may also be able to help you identify them.

 

Honeybees Can Be Difficult to Remove DIY

If you find that you have honeybees in your home, you should know that they can be very difficult to remove on your own. The hive can be located in your walls and some hives can be extensive. A pest control company can remove the hives safely and often do it a lot more quickly and efficiently than you would be able to on your own. Other insects like wasps and hornets can be difficult to remove as well, but they will often have smaller hives.

 

Call Magic Pest Control Right Away

Calling a Magic Pest Control in Glendale, Arizona will likely save you a lot of stress and time when dealing with your bee problem. The Magic Pest Control specialists will know how to thoroughly inspect your home and ensure that there are no hives that are overlooked, and they will remove the hive with safe methods. We will also be able to advise you on how to close openings and secure your home to avoid bees in the future.

Using Magic Pest Control for Bee Removal

When it comes to most pest control in Arizona jobs, response time is more a matter of providing quality service than of safety. Our Gilbert exterminators are always prompt and courteous when taking care of the pests around your home, and in most situations the speed of our response time is not a life-or-death situation.

However, when it comes to bees in Arizona and the incredible amount of aggressive bees that we’ve been seeing, our pest control team’s response time has taken on a whole new responsibility.

When dealing with Africanized Honey Bees in Arizona, or with the less aggressive species of honey bees, quick response time from pest control companies in Gilbert can literally mean lie or death.

First off, if you think that you might be dealing with an extremely aggressive swarm of bees and have animals or children around, call the local fire department. They have the capabilities of getting to your location safer and quicker than any pest control company. In any other case of bee control in Arizona, give us a call.

If you’re facing a bee hive and wondering who to call, you’ll want to consider these qualities in a pest control company:

  • Response Time – We offer same day bee removal, and in the most serious cases can be on your property extremely quickly. We have offices and offer pest control in Mesa, pest control in Scottsdale, pest control in Gilbert, Queen Creek, Phoenix and Maricopa, with bee control and removal in all areas of the state. With so many trucks and highly trained bee removal technicians, we are able to arrive on your property very quickly.
  • 1 Year Guarantee – There aren’t many pest control companies in Arizona that offer a 1 year guarantee on bee removal jobs. However, bees can be a serious threat to you, your family and your pets, so it’s important to us to get the job done right and make sure it stays that way throughout the year.
  • Experience – It’s imperative that any bee removal technician have experience with removing bee hives and bee extermination in Arizona. The last thing that you want to deal with is a rookie arriving on your property with fear in his eyes. Bees are not to be toyed with, and if they are aggressive they need extra care and attention to detail. Removal involves more than just exterminating or moving the bees, it involves a whole host of cleanup responsibilities to that the bees do not smell and return to the same spot. At Magic Pest Control, our bee specialists all have between 5 to 30 years of experience working with bees, so we absolutely know what we’re doing.
  • Price – If a pest control company in Arizona does not give you a quote over the phone, but instead tells you that you will receive an estimate on the job, call us. We give quotes and estimates for every bee removal job right over the phone.

Facing a bee hive, whether it’s in your home, in the walls of your home, in the electric box out front or the tree out back, we are highly trained in bee removal in Arizona and are ready to serve you. Even if your bee hive is 100 feet up in the air hanging on a branch above your home, we can take care of it. Give us a call today.

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Treating Your Gilbert Home Against Bees

 

There are a ton of great reasons to keep bees away from your Gilbert, AZ home.

Sure, bees are great for the environment. However, they also can sting and put you and any visitors or family members in a lot of pain. Some bee stings can be even more harmful, especially if a person who is stung is allergic to bee stings.

Treating Your Gilbert Home Against Bees

Since Africanized Honey Bees are especially popular in the region, it’s really important to prevent bees from settling into your home or yard as a colony. Colonies can have several tens of thousands of the dangerous pests in them, and the swarms can be frightening and disturbing. Keep them from making a colony by:

#1 Sealing Off Nesting Places

For a colony to move in on your property, they have to have somewhere to move in to. Bees tend to look for places where they can hide out and form hives. Empty pots, holes in branches, cracks in the walls or roof, and even dugout holes in the yard are all popular places for bees to call home. During bee season (which is March-August) do your best to seal off spaces like these. Use caulk to seal cracks and wood or dirt to fill in holes, pots, and other exposed hide places.

#2 Restricting Water Access Around Your Gilbert Home

Bees consume pollen and water to survive. You can’t (and shouldn’t) get rid of your flowers and plants, though. People actually need bees because of their role in the ecosystem, so you want to redirect them from the yard, not deprive them of convenient, natural food. Water access, however, encourages bees to make their home very close by.

If you have pools of water exposed in a pond or pool, you are basically inviting bees in. Leaky faucets with constant puddles beneath them and other pots or buckets outside collecting fluid are all attractive as well. Keep this covered as much as possible.

#3 Calling for Backup

Don’t try to remove colonies of bees or hives yourself once they have moved in. This can be dangerous and should be left to professionals who know how to handle Gilbert, AZ bee infestations properly.

If you, or your neighbor, has bees, don’t wait to see what they do. Many times, they are moving from a previous location to right there…within the beams and eaves of you or your neighbor’s Gilbert home. This is dangerous, both to your community, your pets and your family, but also for the bees.

Call us today if you have bees in your neighborhood: 480-654-4888

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What to do if You See a Bee Swarm

 

While the scorpions and snakes are making their way out of hiding for food and water…so too are bees. Most notably, Spring Training here in Arizona is also associated with bee swarms, as they tend to find their way to baseball fields around the valley.

You will no doubt see some swarm attack or Spring Training incident in the next few weeks. This is bee season, and the swarms are making their way across the valley.

If you see, or hear, a bee swarm approaching…

Or if you find a beehive in your neighborhood…

Here’s what you need to know:

Call a professional immediately! Do not try to deal with the beehive or swarm on your own. Only a trained professional should handle bees.

Clear the area. Keep all children and pets away, as well as seniors. The one most susceptible to extreme health issues should remain clear of the area.

Stay calm. Bees cannot ‘smell fear,’ but they can tell if something ‘strange’ or unknown is near their hive or their queen. If you run or swat your arms around, it’s not fear that bees sense but aggression, and they will attack to protect their hive and queen.

Stay quiet. Noises such as barking dogs, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, or any other lawn maintenance tool that is loud can disturb bees and send a swarm your way on the attack.

Head Indoors. If you see a swarm, a beehive, or if you’ve been stung, head indoors immediately. Do not jump in the pool to escape bees. Bees might follow you inside, but tend to become confused by the sharp change in temperature from outdoors to indoors.

Do Not Squish Bees. When a bees is squished, it emits a scent that actually attracts more bees.

If you are at a Giants Spring Training game, or simply doing yard work, and you see a beehive or hear a swarm approaching, get indoors and call in a professional immediately.