Bee removal

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Bee removal is the process of removing bees from a location. Professional services exist for the purpose. Since the honey bee is considered to be the most beneficial of all insect species,[1] and bee colonies have potential economic value, professional bee removal often involves transferring them to a new location where they can be cared for and used for crop pollination and for production of honey and beeswax. As such, bee removal has characteristics both of pest control and of beekeeping.[2] Live bee removal or saving the bees can be accomplished by a local beekeeper who will then either keep the bees, sell them, or simply help whoever is requesting the bee removal to keep them in a hive box. However, not all beekeepers provide removal services.[2]

Proper bee removal will usually require opening the cavity in which the bees are entering the building whether it is a concrete block wall, a barrel tile roof, the bathroom ceiling, the play set floor, or the roof extension soffit on the property. Certain states requires licensing to assures the company is accountable for its work and that technicians acquire the continuous training and education required to give the situation the best possible safe and effective treatment.[citation needed]

Species and subspecies[edit]

Typically, the bee involved in removal is the western honey bee (Apis mellifera). However, the Africanized bee (hybridized with Apis mellifera scutellata) can also be removed safely and relocated and kept alive. Indeed, bee removal professionals should not claim to be able to differentiate between the two types; this can only be done by laboratory analysis.[3]


  1. ^ Hood, William Michael (n.d.). "Honey bee colony removal from structures". Clemson Cooperative Extension. Clemson, South Carolina, USA: Clemson University. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ a b Dullas, William (7 August 2008). "Chapter 5: Bee removal operations". ABC's of Beekeeping problems and problem beekeepers. Bloomington, Indiana, USA: iUniverse. pp. 29–32. ISBN 978-0-595-53382-4.
  3. ^ O'Malley, M.K.; Ellis, J.D. (June 2008) [revised April 2016]. "Choosing the right pest control operator for honey bee removal: a consumer guide". Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). EDIS Report ENY-144. Gainesville, Florida, USA: University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology (EDIS), UF/IFAS Extension. Archived from the original on 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2017-10-20.