A tenant was moving into this home in a week and the landlord needed the hive of honey bees removed asap. It turns out, honey bees do not care about paying rent! So he gave them their eviction notice and called Southeast Bee Removal.
Often times, when dealing with honey bee infestations, we find that the bees have already been removed from the location before and have come back. We know the bees have been removed previously, because of drywall that has been patched inside, old honey comb marks on the inside of the structure, a sloppy caulk job on the outside (in an attempt to keep the bees out after removing the colony), and stained marks on the outside from the bees entry point in the past. That was the case with this honeybee removal job in Macon.
It was obvious bees had been here before. There was a section of caulk on the outside of the house about four feet long. Although the bees could not return to the exact spot they had been before, they simply moved over to where the caulk stopped and built a home there. That's why we are very thorough in caulking and sealing the gaps on the outside and will recommend additional caulking if needed.
We found the bees located in the floor joist between the basement and first floor. What made this removal a little tricky was that the access area was small. It was difficult to remove thebees and comb from such a small opening. The way the house was built did not offer any better alternatives. So instead of completely tearing the house apart, we carefully worked with what we had.
This was an overwintered colony and was likely two years old. For a February removal it was a good sized colony of bees: probably 30,000 bees with honey and comb in two different sections of the floor joist. The picture does not show the true size of the hive because a lot if it is hidden above and behind the wall of the basement. bees and comb from such a small opening. The way the house was built did not offer any better alternatives. So instead of completely tearing the house apart, we carefully worked with what we had.
At Southeast Bee Removal, we do our best to ensure that the bees survive and are able to be relocated. This is very important to us and one of the reason we do what we do. We are beekeepers and hate to see honey bees killed, as they are extremely beneficial to our world.
I had been looking for the queen the whole time of the removal and had not seen her yet. Without the queen the bees would not survive. In this case they would have to be combined with another hive. But, I was praying that I would find her (ya, I pray a lot when I work). As we were cleaning everything up, I noticed a clump of bees on the plastic drop cloth. I looked closer, and could see the queen crawling around with a handful of worker bees attending her. She must have fallen to the ground as I was pulling out the comb from the tight space above. I was so happy!
After cleaning up, you would hardly know we had been there. We bee proofed the area so bees will not be able to come back to this same spot like before. It was another successful removal. The honey bees survived their removal and relocation very well and three weeks later they are thriving and pollinating flowers and will hopefully produce some delicious honey this year.
If you need honey bees evicted (humanely) from your property by a professional beekeeper and bee removal expert, give as a call today at 404-594-2337 or use the contact form. We look forward to serving you!