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Tree Colony Removal

First, let's keep in perspective that many urban cities allow backyard beekeeping.  City Councils have legally acknowledged that managed bee hives present no danger to nearby residents.  Consequently, there is precedence for leaving honeybees in trees without any threat.

Having a colony in your tree will keep out other insects and animals like raccoons.  The colony will pollinate your garden.  You will have the great feelings that go along with doing your part to keep our important honeybees going strong!

I have seen honey bees living in rather inconvenient locations.  For example, a hive could have a flight path right next to a public sidewalk at walking level.  This might be rather difficult to justify leaving.  So we need options to relocate honey bees from trees.

I don't take a fanatical position on extermination.  However, I most often work to save them first-- for obvious reasons.  I may need to send out my business partner, who is a Licensed Pesticide Applicator, to perform an extermination when it is determined necessary.

I may have a waiting list for relocation of honey bees from within trees.  I once saved the bee colony shown in the picture to your right.  I am happy to schedule a colony removal on the outside of your tree ASAP.

What can be done to relocate honeybees while saving the tree?
  A beekeeper does what is called a trap-out.  To trap a colony, all entrances are closed except one. A screen cone is fashioned over the single remaining entrance that will permit the exit but not a return entry of the bees to their old home. This cone can be made of wire screening that extends 12-18 inches outward, narrowing from several inches in diameter to an outer opening of 3/8ths inch. 

A dummy beehive is supplied with foundation or preferably a hive with one or more drawn combs adjacent to the screen cone opening.  The hive is held in place by a temporary scaffolding or affixed to the tree. As the foraging bees exit their nest they will be unable to return to their home and most will adopt the substitute hive. After two or three days of trapping a caged queen is placed in the dummy hive in her cage. She is released by the beekeeper or the bees are allowed to release her after several more days so the substitute hive may function as a normal hive. 

In between 2 and 6 weeks, the substitute hive will be a normal functioning colony and it can be removed from its temporary position. Most of the bees from the original nest will have been trapped with this arrangement and will have become inhabitants of the new hive.  The minimum cost is $275 for a trap-out.

See extermination FAQs page for extermination facts.