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Professional Beekeeper preventing bee infestations

Who to Call When You Have a Bee Infestation

March 30, 2020 Uncategorized

You can call a pest control company, possibly a carpenter, or you can call a beekeeper to remove bee infestations. A carpenter won’t know how to properly remove the bees, and a pest control company will come and kill the bees, but they won’t remove the hive, comb, dead bees, honey… This will eventually create a disaster, leaving you with a huge mess, and most probably damage to your home – a lot of damage – that will require a lot of money to fix. So save yourself aggravation, time, and money and call the right people from the beginning to remove bee infestations. Call a bee removal company that employs a beekeeper.

There are generally three types of beekeepers:

  • The Hobbyist
  • The Part-Time beekeeper
  • The Professional


The hobbyist beekeeper

This person is more than happy to come to your property and remove the bees to relocate to an apiary that they are building. Most hobbyist beekeepers are not licensed, nor are they insured, and most of them do not have construction experience. They probably won’t remove the hive, comb, and honey – but they may. They won’t bee proof your home, and you will just end up with another beehive.

The part-time beekeeper

The part-time beekeeper removes bees from structures that have some knowledge of construction, but in all honesty, has limited experience, and may not be licensed, or insured. They are more concerned with retrieving the bees than they are in doing as little damage to the property as possible. Thus resulting in the destruction of the property, or ruining the property integrity.

The professional beekeeper

This beekeeper will be licensed, and a good company will also be insured. Professionals come with varying years of experience. A licensed beekeeper in Texas will be licensed through the Texas Department of Agriculture, which will also mean that they have a Pest Control license. It’s important for a beekeeper to also be qualified to use insecticides as this is an important step in bee infestations. There are always some worker bees who are out working when their hive is removed and relocated. Unfortunately, these strays don’t know where their community has moved, so they’ll try to re-establish in their old location. The insecticide is an unfortunate necessity to keep this from happening. A professional beekeeper will train their people in proper removal techniques, and they also abide by a set of standards, ethics, and integrity. They also use professional equipment, for example, Bee Safe Bee Removal employs the use of infrared cameras to locate the hive within a home or building. This camera lessens the damage done to the property.

Can you imagine the damage done to your property by a beekeeper who is punching holes into your ceiling, or walls, on the hunt to locate the hive? A professional beekeeper knows what precautions to take – they know how much of an area to cordon off for people’s safety. They will know when it’s necessary to ask people to leave an area. A carpenter, won’t know how to do this, and a pest control company definitely won’t do it, because, well – they exterminate. Smoke is used when relocating a hive. This can be dangerous, and can, if improperly used, result in a structure fire. This is another great reason why it’s not only important to use a licensed beekeeper, but also an insured company.

Bee Safe Bee Removal is insured up to two million dollars per location.

It’s important for the company that you choose to be a member of multiple associations. Examples of the type of association you want them to be affiliated with are, the Trinity Valley Association, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Dallas Apiary Society. Having an Inter-state Transportation Permit is highly recommended and a good keeper will have this. Another important license to have is a Pesticide Application License – you really shouldn’t hire a beekeeper who doesn’t have this essential license that can not prevent a bee infestation. Look for a company that has a great online reputation with an ability to remove bee infestations. A company that has a five-star rating, a company that has longevity, how many good vs. bad reviews do they have? Look for a company that is rated by Google Guarantee (an insured program,) that is a Yelp Premier customer, that has a BBB A+ rating. This will ensure you get a removal that can stop bee infestations.

Checklist for choosing a bee removal company:

  1. Are they a pest control company, a carpenter, or a licensed beekeeping relocation service? (In case you haven’t figured it out – you want to use the licensed beekeeping relocation service.)
  2. Is the beekeeping company licensed, and are they insured?
  3. How long have they been in business?
  4. How much experience do they have removing bee infestations?
  5. Do they have a good online reputation?
  6. Who are they rated with BBB, Google, Angie’s List, and what are those ratings?
  7. What associations are they a member of?
  8. Can their memberships be easily found on their website?
  9. Are their memberships in local and/or state beekeeping associations?
  10. What licenses and permits do they have?
  11. A Pesticide Application License?
  12. An Inter-state Transportation Permit?
  13. Licensed through their state agriculture department?


Why it’s important for a bee removal company to hold a pesticide applicator license.

It’s important to know why a company needs a pesticide applicator license. Some companies may decide that it’s easier to exterminate, rather than relocate. At Bee Safe Bee Removal, we have a pesticide application license because it’s one of the steps we employ in our removal process. We do not kill the bees in the hive. We safely remove them and relocate them. Once the bees are relocated from the property, the hive, comb, and honey are removed. Then, and only then is pesticide applied. The only reason we apply the pesticide is so that any strays that come back to the location of their hive cannot start a new colony. I guarantee that a carpenter, and a pest control company won’t meet many of the above checklists. Really, your best option is a beekeeping relocation service that meets that the high standards discussed in this article, and will also properly bee proof your property or remove bee infestations.

Small Yellow Jacket Nest

5 Natural Forms of Wasp Control

March 22, 2020 Wasp Control

Wasps are pests that every Texas homeowner has to deal with at some point in time. These threatening insects like to make their nests in hollow spaces near or in your home. Unfortunately, unlike the honey bee, wasps will survive after stinging you. A single wasp can attack a person multiple times. This is why it’s essential to practice safe and effective wasp control.

If you are allergic to wasp venom, then having wasps around your home is a real danger. Spraying bug spray may kill them, but it also adds pollutants to the air and doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be back next season. Here are five forms of wasp control that will help you keep the environment safe and keep wasps away.

5. Use Plants as Wasp Control

You may think that your landscaping may be what is attracting Yellow Jackets and other wasps. While this can be the case, you can naturally repel wasps by planting suitable foliage in your yard.

Some plants that deter wasps include:

  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Wormwood

When you plant these greens, make sure to move hanging, bright, sweet-smelling flowers from areas where you don’t want wasps to hang out and form a nest.

4. Peppermint Oil

Much like spearmint, peppermint is also a significant deterrent for wasps. According to the Journal of Pest Management Science, a few drops of peppermint oil can keep wasps away from your home. After sprinkling a few drops of oil on a cotton ball, you can place the pads around the outside of your home, where wasp’s nests usually occur.

These areas can be found in:

  • Empty sheds
  • Garages
  • Playground equipment
  • Attics and more

Knowing the type of wasps you are dealing with is key to placing the cotton ball repellent around your property.

3. Hang a False Nest

Wasps are naturally unlikely to build a nest near another nest that they have created. One way to move wasps away from your property while you wait for a local wasp control professional is to hang a false nest near the house and away from your family. Materials for a fake nest are easily found in many hardware stores. The look of an actual nest may not fool all wasps, but most of the time, this method can be successful in keeping them off your property.

2. Non-Toxic Sprays

If you must insist on spraying a nest, try out a natural insecticide. These are made from 100 percent natural ingredients and can be used in the same way as a standard poisonous spray. Most of these are made with essential oils. So, not only will your home be free of wasps, but it won’t smell toxic!

1. Call Bee Safe Bee Removal For Texas Wasp Control

DIY methods for wasp control can be effective but also extremely dangerous for you and your family. We recommend staying away from a wasp’s nest and refrain from trying to smoke or drown it out. By not contacting a professional for complete wasp removal, you are putting yourself at risk.

Bee Safe Bee Removal handles wasp control throughout the state of Texas. We will even schedule you for regular preventative maintenance should you want it. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.

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