Bee Removal

Bee Removal Services in Orange County, CA

Bee Removal: Let’s talk about it. There are several types of bee removal situations that you may find yourself faced with. Often, if this is your first experience with bees on your property it can be quite shocking. Sometimes the bees that you observe will move on entirely, but other times they will stick around indefinitely. No matter what your situation, we are ready to help and will always give you honest answers. Check out our Self-Help Guide and the rest of our site for detailed information about different types of bee problems.

Licensed Structural Bee Removal from a Residential Attic

Photo Above: Colonies can often be found in attics.

Before bee removal was a profession or industry, David, owner and president of Bee Busters, was helping his fellow Orange County residents with their bee problems. What began in his teens with a bicycle and beekeeping hobby has turned into the most professional well-trained bee removal operation in the county. Many of the cutting edge methods used today were developed over the years as David began applying innovative technologies to a previously unsophisticated field. These pioneering efforts have permanently changed the bee removal industry.

In the bee world there are several terms that we use to differentiate between situations. These major categories are:

Scouts – Bees that investigate possible nesting locations before a swarm arrives.

live bee removal

Our technician Jeremy removes a section of wall on a cottage by the beach, revealing a large colony that had been living in the wall space.

Swarms– Migrating bees that are in transit to a new home. A swarm can contain a few hundred to a few thousand bees. If you see them in the air it will look like a moving cloud of bees. They’ll land on a branch and form a basketball-sized solid clump of bees.

Colonies – This occurs when a swarm has chosen a location and sets up shop. They choose hollow cavity spaces where they will be protected from predators and the elements. They build honeycombs, breed more bees, and store food. Colonies of bees can become defensive of their space. Note: The term hive is usually used to describe a beekeeper’s box containing a colony.

Exposed Colonies – When a colony is not in a hollow cavity space and it is out in the open we refer to it as an “exposed colony.” While it is much less common because urban areas provide so many better options, the bees will build in dense trees and other areas in some circumstances. Exposed colonies commonly occur in trees but they can also be found elsewhere including under the eaves of a home, in junk piles, and under patios and decks.

Foraging Bees – Bees need to go grocery shopping just like we do. Bees forage for nectar, pollen and water. If you have foraging (or nuisance) bees click here. (FAQ)

Many times a situation such as a swarm or scouts will result in no major problem. Swarms on trees or in other open areas will frequently move on within 3 days. Scouts may decide not to choose your property for colonizing. However, swarms found in public areas where children or pedestrians could be affected or tempted to disturb them can cause problems. If you need a swarm removed we will be right out to help! Read more about swarms and scouts here.

If you have noticed bees in a particular location (other than around flowers or water) for several days it usually means they are there to stay. This normally occurs in a hollow void such as a roof, wall, chimney, or other cavity space. When a swarm shows up they will typically move into a void space fairly quickly. This can happen in just a few hours. Many times they go completely unnoticed until a colony has formed. A colony will almost never leave once established. Give us a call and we can help. Read more about colonies here.

Bee Busters is highly equipped to deal with any bee situation you may have. It is definitely less invasive to remove a problem in the early stages such as scouts or a swarm, but in cases where a colony has formed we have the best qualified technicians to resolve your problem. Once honeycombs have been built, it is best to remove them to prevent future problems. We call this a full removal. Structural removals frequently involve opening part of a structure to remove bees as well as honeycombs. The removal is local to the area where the bees are living and usually requires some patchwork afterwards. Remember, whether to do a structural removal of the honeycombs is always your choice!

Honey bee removal

It is actually not uncommon to find bee colonies in BBQ’s. People dust off their BBQ’s after months of inactivity and find an unwelcome surprise!

If honeycombs are left behind in a structure or other location problems may arise in the future. The pheromones and smell of the honey are highly attractive to other bees and re-infestation can occur. Other pests are also attracted to the location (such as rodents, ants and moths.) The honeycombs can also begin to melt and drip causing damage to the structure such as honey seeping into the drywall.

Repairing an area after a full bee removal is crucial. There is no secret to this procedure as some may lead you to believe. We will tell you everything there is to know. Since bees look for hollow spaces it is important to fill up that space so there is nowhere for them to live in the future. The easiest way to do this in most cases is to pack the void with insulation. All gaps and cracks need to be sealed up tight. If an area is repaired improperly bees could infest the area again later. The pheromones left behind by a bee colony (even after a removal) never completely go away. This means the area is more likely to be investigated by scouts from other swarms in the future. Our technicians will be happy to give take a look around your property to give recommendations for prevention in other areas as well.

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Bee Busters, Inc.,  P.O. Box 51, Laguna Beach, CA 92652
Business Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, 7 Days/Wk
For After Hours Emergencies: Call 949-497-6264 to Reach 24-Hour On-Call Bee Removal Expert