Pest Control for Honey Bees
As pollinators, honey bees are important to our environment. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, we can thank honey bee pollination for one out of every three mouthfuls of food. But when honey bees decide to build a hive in your wall or ceiling, it can damage your home and put you and your family at risk for being stung.
Honey Bee Damage
Honey bees, especially Africanized honey bees, are very protective of their hives and will aggressively defend their nests if they sense an intruder nearby. Stings can be painful and trigger allergic reactions in some people. Honey or melted wax from hives built in ceilings or walls can seep through the wall, staining insulation and sheetrock. If the hive is really big, the weight can put extra stress on that area and even puncture the wall and ceiling so that honey bees swarm into your living space. Abandoned hives built in your home will rot and may attract other pests like carpenter ants, silverfish and rodents.
Signs of Honey Bees in Your Home
Buzzing and humming sounds within a wall or ceiling are a good indicator that you may have honey bees. You may also notice some honey bees flying throughout your home, looking for food. Another common sign is a “wet spot” on the wall or ceiling from the melted honey or wax comb.
Honey Bee Removal & Relocation - The Catseye Process
When removing honey bees, we always begin with identifying where the hive is in your home and contacting a local beekeeper to take the bees. If necessary, Catseye will open up the wall to gain access to the hive. We have a special “bee vacuum” that will gently suck up the bees so they can be safely relocated by the beekeeper to a new home. Once the bees are removed, Catseye will clear out the honey comb and clean the nest area. Our home repair experts are available to manage any honey bee damage repair, including fixing any openings that needed be cut in your wall or ceiling.
If you would like to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping, please visit the American Beekeeping Federation at www.abfnet.org.
If a beekeeper is unable or unwilling to take the bees, or if they are an immediate threat to people or livestock, then we vacuum as many bees out of the hive as we can before removing the nest.
An average honey bee hive has several thousand honey bees that will fiercely defend their nest. Removing a honey bee hive can be challenging and potentially dangerous. Our honey bee extractor professionals have the tools and training necessary to safely and efficiently remove a hive from your home. Our service also includes cleaning up all the messy honey and honey comb left behind.
This service targets pests including:
- Honey Bees
The Catseye Guarantee—#1 in Honey Bee Removal & Relocation
The Catseye mission is to protect your home and family from pests by providing the best honey bee program and award-winning customer service. We work to achieve this through:
- Performing a free, detailed inspection of your home
- Creating a customized honey bee program for you based on the inspection
- Using Integrated Pest Management practices
- Scheduling longer service visits than traditional pest control companies to ensure enough time to properly fix your pest problem
- Offering flexible scheduling and emergency visits
- Providing a secure online account
- Emailing regular service reports
- Installing our signature Service Scan System to timestamp when and where our pest management technicians were in your home
Learn more about the cost and pricing for honey bee extractor services here.