I NEED HELP! I have (what I think is) a swarm of bees on my property and need a beekeeper to come get them!
Before you call any of our qualified beekeepers to help rid you of your unwanted bees, please read the following information to ensure that what you see is actually honey bees. If you determine they are indeed honey bees, scroll to the bottom to see our Swarm Retrieval List. PLEASE NOTE: Despite our name, we are NOT A COUNTY RUN ORGANIZATION. We are a group of independent beekeepers with no affiliation with any state or county agency.
The following are NOT honey bees. Our beekeepers are not qualified to remove these insects from your property. Please call an exterminator.
THIS is a honey bee.
The honey bee is a stinging insect common to the entire United States and is found in large colonies of 30,000 to 80,000. The nest is made of wax but is typically not visible. Usually you will only see members of the colony coming and going from a small hole either in a hollow tree trunk or an external house wall. The colony members are usually larger than Yellow Jackets, are hairy (primarily on their middle body segment) and exhibit a muted gold coloration contrasting with black. If you are stung by a honey bee the stinger is usually left in your skin since the stinger is barbed. Like most stinging insects, honey bees are benefitial to our echosystem. Honey Bees can be removed humanly from houses and other nesting sites by carefully removing the entire nest (bees, wax, honey and brood). Additionally, nest removal must be completed to prevent future problems. If the honey bees are killed, they are not present to care for the large nest. Their wax will melt or break/crack and Honey will ferment and seep into your walls. Eventually the smell will attract many other insects causing you bigger problems.