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Colony Removal

Honeybees that have settled into a structure require work to remove.  An effective removal requires they be extracted from the structure with comb and honey and then the area secured.  This will reduce the likelihood of attracting other insects like moths or mice that infest vacant comb as well as 
prevent re-infestation.  I once found hundreds of moths on a homeowner's ceiling in Topeka; and thousands of bees in the washroom.  This was in August, after a large bee hive was exterminated earlier in the year and the honey and comb was not removed.

If you want to identify you have a honeybee colony before calling, look for honeybees coming and going from your structure on a warm sunny day.  You will see at least a few flying off from the hive on a mission to find nectar and pollen.  Some will return with visible pollen on their legs.  You will see some circling or hovering back and forth in front of the hive opening at times in the afternoon.  I can do a final identification and possibly probe into the structure using my optical scope before beginning the removal.  You can visit the Satisfied Customers section for pictures of hive removals.

Often it is necessary to surgically cut into your structure to remove the colony.  The comb and honey is removed and honey bees are extracted live into a screened box.  The cavity is then rendered uninhabitable to future colonies from the inside. Most often you are provided a written warranty against re-infestation in the exact same location.  Exterior gaps are sealed with latex, paint-ready caulk.  I always attempt to relocate the honey bee colony and re-establish it to help preserve the population.  Ideally your structure is repaired to a paint-ready or stucco-ready condition.

Most often your removal is performed and the structure sealed the same day.  In some cases it is necessary to let loose honeybees re-group.  They are later all removed as a group; requiring more than one trip.  Jeffrey works out options and requirements for your specific case.

A big advantage for doing a live bee removal is effectively identifying and sealing cavity openings by watching bees move through the cavity.  You will want to bee-proof your property to avoid any future infestations in other areas.  You can't go wrong applying University of Florida's recommendations:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN741.