Not all swarms or established hives have to be exterminated!
If you have a bee removal question that needs immediate attention please email [email protected] or call/text (520) 603-1804 with your contact information, and your general location. We’ll respond as soon as possible.
Please DO NOT attempt to relocate or kill honeybees yourself. Live removal of bees in the Southwest requires special experience and precautions have to be taken to avoid potential injury.
Please DO NOT wait! If there is one thing we can count on from swarms is that in many cases they will “move on”. However, the more important question then becomes, where to? And when they do decide to make that next move it will usually be to a man-made cavity where it’s difficult to relocate them, and it will usually cost much more in terms of time and money to keep them alive.
If you wait the risk that they will get exterminated increases quite a bit if they aren’t dealt with when they are swarms. I have received way too many return calls from people who decided to wait a few days only to find out their $150 one-hour problem turned into a $600 five-hour problem (not including repairs) that we couldn’t help them with because they gambled and decided to wait. And if they were lucky and it didn’t become their problem, it became a serious problem for someone else in their neighborhood who would likely exterminate them instead of choosing to relocate them. A surefire way to reduce the overall problem and risk that wild colonies present in unwanted places is for everyone (general public included) to do their part and get as many swarms as possible relocated by beekeepers before they establish. This is more fun for everyone across the board, cheaper, and a service to the community in general that anyone can be a part of.
A swarm is a fully exposed group of bees on a tree or structure that is on its way to a future home and has not yet moved into an internal cavity and/or constructed combs. It’s size can vary greatly – anywhere from a fist size to that of a large watermelon in more rare cases.
A hive is an established colony of bees entering a space through a small hole or crack. Although in some cases a hive can be exposed to the elements (i.e. on wax combs hanging from a branch or roof overhang), a hive has begun to build wax combs and raise larva. They will not “move on” any time soon, and will defend their young and stored honey.
Live relocation of a swarm: ~ $75-$150
Live relocation of an established hive: ~ $250 and up
Prices are based on distance and ease of access so please email or call for a more accurate estimate.
In some cases swarms will build comb that is fully exposed to the elements. That is, once they all agree on which cavity will make the perfect home for them. Unfortunately, this new cavity could very well be under a shed or inside your walls. Swarms tend to be easier than established hives to relocate, and the risk and intensity of stings is greatly reduced but not completely eliminated. Once we capture a swarm of bees we provide them with a man-made home and do our best to encourage them to stay. We then begin a year long process to determine their temperament and make adjustments so they can be managed. Relocating a swarm helps beekeepers to participate on a regional level along with other beekeepers to select for preferred honeybee characteristics – such as temperament – that are appropriate for our desert circumstances and backyards.
While swarms generally sting very little (if at all), established hives that are not regularly managed for temperament by a beekeeper can protect their space by stinging in varying degrees depending on their population and genetic disposition. Each hive is different and you should assume that it has the capacity to defend itself vigorously. Always keep yourself and pets clear from the hive entrance.
Once bees have begun to build comb inside or on a structure it becomes much more difficult and time consuming to relocate them. Every situation tends to be different, and occasionally a hive cannot be relocated. Therefore, we begin with a conversation about your observations, and if necessary we follow up with a visit to evaluate the situation first hand. We then give recommendations which hopefully include relocating the hive.
Email: [email protected], or call/text (520) 603-1804