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Honey Bee Removals

 

Caleb’s Bee Removal Service

Placing Bees in Hive


Live Removals

I don’t kill honey bees; I relocate them to my bee yard.

Full Hive Removal

I remove the queen bee, worker bees, comb and honey. If the comb and honey are not removed, it could attract another swarm of honey bees, or melt and cause damage to the structure the hive was in.

Note: Unfortunately, I don’t do repairs. If I need to cut into a wall, soffit, etc., I may not be able to repair the damage I do.

Caleb Schalk, Beekeeper

Licensed

I am licensed to remove honey bees in the Rio Grande Valley.

Note: I am only licensed to remove honey bees. No other insects.

Chemical Free

I don’t use chemicals to exterminate or relocate the honey bees.

Schedule your appointment now! Call me, Caleb Schalk, at (956) 434-6571. Explain to me your situation and I’ll give you a price quote and schedule a day and time that I can do the removal.

Don’t try to kill honey bees yourself!

Honey bees can be aggressive! How aggressive honey bees are varies considerably. One colony could be extremely docile while another could be extremely aggressive, and everything in-between. Although I have found most honey bee colonies to be more docile, you can’t tell how aggressive they are by looking at them. Sometimes the bees seem to be docile, and you can go right up to the hive and they don’t care. However, when you start messing with them they may turn out to be aggressive. Once an aggressive colony of honey bees is disturbed and angry, you can’t calm them down! They could attack you, your neighbors, and any pets you or your neighbors have in your yards.

Be careful who you hire to remove honey bees.

You need to make sure that the person you’re hiring to remove the honey bees knows what they’re doing. This applies whether you’re hiring a beekeeper or an exterminator. Some beekeepers have a vast amount of experience working with honey bees in a man-made bee hive, but have no experience removing honey bees from the wall of a house. Likewise, some pest exterminators have experience eradicating many other insects, but not honeybees – especially aggressive honey bees!

A beekeeper or an exterminator that does not know what they’re doing can make a bad situation much worse. They could simply aggravate the honey bees, or they might kill some of the honey bees while leaving the rest alive. They could kill most of the honey bees, but then leave the dead bees to rot and grow mold. Further, they might not remove the comb and honey, which could attract another swarm of honey bees to move in, or melt and cause wax and honey damage to the structure the hive was in.

Placing Bees in Hive

Placing Bees in Hive

Why relocate instead of exterminate?

Honey bees are very important insects. The majority of the food we eat is pollinated by honey bees. In fact, 1/3 of all the food we eat is dependent on insects to pollinate it. With insects that important, it’s best not to kill them. After all, the honey bees aren’t the problem, it’s the location of the honey bees that’s the problem. If those honey bees were inside a wooden bee hive instead of in your yard, they could be used to pollinate crops and produce honey. Even aggressive honey bees can be made docile after relocation through a process called re-queening.

That said, in rare situations it’s not practical or safe to have the bees relocated. In those situations it’s best to have an exterminator who knows how to work with honey bees kill them, but most of the time they can be relocated.

Exposed exterior housing

Exposed exterior housing

How do I prevent honey bees from establishing a colony in my yard?

There is no way to guarantee that honey bees won’t establish a colony in your yard, but there are some steps you can take to discourage them:

  1. Seal up any holes and cracks on the exterior of your house. Often when a swarm of honey bees is looking for a place to build their hive, they find a hole or crack in the wall, roof, or soffit of a house and move in. If you seal up these holes and cracks, honey bees can’t get into them.
  2. Clean up any junk laying around your yard. Honey bees will sometimes find voids in the different objects you have laying around your yard and move in. I’ve removed honey bees from pallets, tires, compost bins, and even a junk pile of wood and metal roofing.

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