Nests that are in the ground are simply dug up and destroyed. Nests that are in a structure can be a bit more complicated. Yellow jackets are tiny and easy to miss. They are also easy to mistake for honey bees. If the first time you notice the bees is July or later it is more likely to be yellow jackets whereas honey bees usually show up earlier in the year. Also unlike honey bees, yellow jackets will chew through drywall given enough time and can start coming inside your home. You will usually be able to hear a scratchy clawing chewing sound if you have a yellow jacket nest in a wall. The trickiest part about removing a yellow jacket nest from a structure is finding the location of the nest. This is because they can travel several feet away from their entrance point before building their nest. Using special techniques, we are usually able to find the nest fairly quickly. Once the nest is found it is removed and destroyed.
Just as with a honey bee removal, the entry point will be tightly sealed to prevent the entry of any more yellow jackets. Foraging yellow jackets returning to the old nest site will not be able to get back in and these will typically be gone within a week or so. If drywall repair is needed we are usually able do the first coat of mud for an additional fee.
Hornet nest are completely removed and destroyed. Common places for bald-faced hornets to build their nests are tree limbs, bushes, and underneath an overhanging eave of a house. Southeast Bee Removal removes the entire nest. If the nest is attached to the outside of a structure it will leave markings where the hornets glued the nest onto the house. The residue can be removed for an additional cost upon request. Hornet nests that are very high up pose less of a threat as far as the chance of the hornets stinging anyone, however Southeast Bee Removal has the ability to remove these if necessary.
Southeast Bee Removal is available for property inspections for honey bee infestations, hornet nests, and yellow jacket nests. We are experienced in bee behavior and know what signs to look for to determine if there is a bee problem, where it is, and what steps are necessary for removal.
This can be a great service if you are buying or selling a home that you think might have an issue with bees. It is also useful if you have found bees in your house but do not know where they are coming from. We can do a thorough walk around to find the location of the bees nest and also look on the inside of the home/property if needed. We will send you a receipt stating exactly what we found, what action should be taken, and what work was done if any.
Note: Best days for inspections are on warmer sunny days when bees are likely to be more active.
Bee Proofing is sealing all gaps in a home or structure to prevent bees from being able to enter. Common places we seal are where the brick meets the siding, eaves, vents, and any other noticeable gaps approximately 1/8 inch or bigger. Southeast Bee Removal offers different levels of bee proofing: sealing some of the gaps with no warranty, to sealing all of the gaps with a warranty of up to five years. For infestations of two or more honey bee colonies we recommend having some level of additional bee proofing done after the hives are removed. Contact us to discuss the best option and for an estimate.