Choosing A Beehive Removal Service

The Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association of Dallas, TX recommends bee friendly live removal & relocation by a beekeeper.

A live bee removal & relocation from a structure is no more invasive than a properly performed extermination.  A proper extermination of a colony located in a structure requires removal of the wax comb and honey as well as “just getting rid of the bees”.  An exterminator who does not remove the comb from the structure has left the job half done, to the detriment of their customer.  Leaving comb, honey, dead bees, and other organic material in a structure will cause fermentation, mold, and decay, which will often lead to more costly issues in the future.  It attracts other animals and insects as well as having a strong likelihood of attracting a new swarm of bees once the toxins dissipate.

Our food supply is dependent on the continued existence of honey bees for crop pollination; it makes no sense to deliberately kill off the pollinators that feed us.  A live relocation is better for American agriculture, better for the environment, and better for your home.  So, if you have unwanted honey bees, contact a beekeeper for a live removal and relocation.

While Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association does not recommend a specific removal service, below are a few things to consider asking the person or company you are selecting to perform the removal.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

  • Is the person performing the hive relocation a beekeeper?
    • A beekeeper is knowledgeable in the proper care, maintenance, and safe transportation of honey bees.
    • Many pest control companies are not beekeepers.  Some of those service companies advertise live bee removal to augment their extermination business, though they may not possess the knowledge (or desire) needed to successfully remove a colony without killing it.
  • Does the removal service remove the comb and bees?
    • Leaving comb in a structure leaves honey and other organic material that will ferment and mold leading to more costly issues in the future.  It will attract other animals and insects as well as the possibility of attracting a new swarm of bees.
    • A quality relocation service will remove the comb and the bees.
  • Is the person performing the relocation involved with local or state beekeeping associations?
  • Does the person performing the removal hold a Texas Apiary Inspection Service Intrastate Transportation Permit?
    • The State of Texas requires a person to hold a transportation permit to carry bees across county lines.
    • A knowledgeable live beehive remover will know this, and an experienced removal specialist is most likely permitted even if your specific situation will not involve carrying bees across county lines.
  • Is the person performing the hive removal insured for bee removal?
  • Does the person performing the hive removal hold a pesticide application license.
    • If so, this is a red flag.  A person holding a pesticide application license can at his or her discretion – kill the bees.  It is illegal to apply pesticide for hire on a structure without a pesticide application license.  Pesticide application is not part of a live relocation process.