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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

It was a healthy strong colony of bees, so every year around March and April the honey bees would going into swarming mode. Approximately, half the bees with the old queen would leave the hive and look for a new location to nest, while the remaining bees would raise a new queen and continue to expand the current nest. The bees would leave in a swarm of 10,000-20,000 bees that would often rest in a temporary place while sending out scout bees to find their permanent location.

This time, the place the bees decided to rest at, was a small tree branch right by the side walk. And although a new swarm of honey bees is usually gentle and docile, it was not in an ideal place and needed to be removed asap. If left alone a swarm of honey bees will usually leave within one or two days on their own. If there is inclement weather this time may be longer.

Southeast bee removal was able to remove the swarm and safely relocate the bees to their own apiary (bee yard). To prevent the bees from continuing to swarm, the entire bee nest in the church building needed to be removed as well.

It was determined the bees could be accessed by cutting a section of the drywall ceiling of a third story room. The comb was hard and dark, revealing that the bees had likely been there a long time.

We always do our best to remove the entire hive: bees, honey, honeycomb, and wax. Leaving any part of the hive in the structure can attract new honey bee colonies, other pest, and also bring damage to the structure. 

Here is the empty cavity after removing the entire hive. There has been some damage to the wood of the floor joist, from wax months and other pest eating through it. 

Floor Joist of a Columubus Church After Honey Bee Colony was Removed

After removing the entire hive, care is taken to seal the entry point and bee proof the location to keep bees from ever being able to come back to the same spot. Below is a picture of the crack in the bricks the honey bees used to gain entry. The crack was sealed with high quality caulk.


While removing the bee nest in this Columbus church, the bees flew to the stain glass window because they were attracted to the light! If the bees fly to a window during the bee removal process we will use our bee vacuum on those as well.

 Honey Bees Flying to the Stained Glass Window of a Columbus Georgia Church During Removal of the Hive

This was a fun, unique, and challenging job that I was happy to be a part of!

I am always excited to tackle a new bee removal job! I love working with bees, and I love helping customers permanently solve their bee problems! We are based out of southwest Atlanta in Fayetteville, and service Columbus and the surrounding areas. We are licensed and insured and have competitve pricing for the quality of work performed. Most of our removals include repairs and a guarantee that honey bees will not return to the exact lcoation they were removed form.

Bees is all we do full time. We do not remove other pests or wildlfe. We do not have another day job. We specialize solely in honey bee removal and we are very good at what we do. So if you need honey bees removed from a structure in Columbus Georgia call or email us today. We would be happy to help!