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It is spring 2022 and the bee removal season is just getting started.

Honey bees that have been mostly dormant through winter are becoming very active on warm days. The queen begins laying 2,000 eggs a day in the spring and early summer as hives go through a population explosion. During this time the hive will often swarm. This is when approximately half of the hive (up to 20,000 bees or more) will leave the orginal colony and move into to a new location to start another hive. Once honey bees have picked a location they like, they can move into their new home within a matter of minutes.

Super Swarm of 20,000 Plus Honey Bees  

Large Bee Swarm in Transit

Are you wondering wether you need an expert to remove a bee infestation or if you can  tackle it yourself? Here are some things to keep in mind. Your are likely dealing with any where from 10,000-60,000 (or more) bees depending on the size and age of the hive. Removing honey bees from a structure is labor intensive, requires a good deal of knowledge, and can result in many stings if not done properly.

A one week old hive containing 20,000 bees.

One Week Old Honey Bee Swarm in Floor

Helen, is located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of northeast Georgia about 80 miles from Atlanta. It is a little German town and a fun place to visit. In fact, it is the 3rd most visited town in Georgia. It has over 200 specialty shops, a scenic state park, and is known for its Oktoberfest. It is a great town to come to for a nice quiet weekend getaway, especially if you have a log cabin home to go to.

A home owner was in for a surprise one day, when they went to spend time at their cabin. They discovered honey bees flying back and forth at the peak of their roof about 30 feet off the ground. A swarm of honey bees had found a perfect place to build their nest or so they thought. They choose the very top of this mountain home and had an entry point right underneath the shingles.

Helen Georgia honey bee removal

Not all bee removal services are the same. Prices and quality of work can vary greatly among pest control companies and amateur beekeepers. Knowing who to hire can be a tough decision, especially if this is your first time dealing with bees.  

Huge Honey Bee Hive in the floor joist of a home that Southeast Bee Removal Rescued and Relocated!

Huge Atlanta Honey Bee Colony in Floor Joist

Empty Floor Joist After Removal of Honey Bee Hive


Southeast Bee Removal is your bee expert for honey bee infestations in and around the Greenville area. Here is a bee colony we removed from the roof of a home in Clemson.

Removing a Honey Bee Colony from a Roof in Clemson South Carolina

This 100 plus year old plantation home in Talladega, Alabama had had a honey bee problem for likely decades.


Southeast Bee Removal has done many bee removals in the North Georgia mountains. I used to live in Blue Ridge and keep bees hives there. Now that I live near Atlanta, I still move bees up north for the delicious sourwood honey harvest as do many other beekeepers. With all the trees and flowers, honey bees have no problem thriving in this region.

Many times when I get a call to remove bees here, the bees are in a log cabin. Many of the houses are log cabins. These houses require extra care when removing the wood siding or tongue and grove paneling. With the use of the right tools we are able to remove the wood and repair the access area where it is barely noticeable that any work was done.


My jaw dropped when I cut open the ceiling of this bedroom apartment in Lawrenceville, GA. I was both shocked and impressed at the enormous size of the bee nest that I saw! Thousands and thousands of bees crawling on top of sheets of honey comb. I couldn't even see the edges of hive yet, because it was so big. I had to cut a bigger hole in the drywall than anticipated.


This colony of honey bees had swarmed and moved into the bottom of the bay window a couple of months before Southeast Bee Removal was called out to this Macon home. The bees made very quick work and expanded into a large hive with a good bit of honeycomb for such a short time.

A storm was approaching and you can see the honey bees coming home to their nest before the rain came. I actually had to stop in the middle of the removal and sit in my van for 20 min. because it started raining so hard. 


This beautiful church in Columbus, GA had an established hive of honeybees that had moved in several years previously. The bees were located several stories up behind the brick in a not so easy to get to location. The pastor of the church called our professional bee removal service because they were at their wit's end!

Honey bee swarm that split from parent colony in church.

Honey Bee Swarm on a Small Tree Near a Columbus Georgia Church