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Murder Hornets in Texas?

August 31, 2020 Uncategorized

Murder Hornets in Texas?

2020 has been one crazy year, what is even crazier is the introduction of the “murder hornets” also known as the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa Mandarinia). They are the largest in the world, on average they can get up to 2-inches long and have a 3-inch long wingspan.

Native to Japan, Taiwan, and other Asian countries these giant hornets are more aggressive with a powerful stinger. The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet has 8 different chemicals making it stronger than any bee sting. Unlike a honeybee, the Asian Giant Hornet can give multiple stings because the stinger is smooth with no barbs.

An easy way to identify an Asian Giant Hornet is by their distinct orange head. The body is covered in dark brown and yellow stripes.

They are attracted to tree saps and are known to eat entire beehives. Asian Giant Hornets use their mandibles to attack prey instead of their stingers.

Honeybees play an important role in the environment with this introduction of a new predator it will bring a lot of damage to our ecosystem.

The misconception that this hornet can kill, comes from the exceedingly rare cases where people die from anaphylactic shock. In Japan, these hornets are part of the daily diet being fried or cooked with.

Fortunately, there have only been reports in Washington state. Other reports of the “murder hornet” have been different species of wasps and bees that people fail to identify correctly.

In Texas, cicada killers are often mistaken for murder hornet because it their size. They are solitary wasp in the family Crabronidae and fly low to the ground.

For any problems or encounters with cicada killers, wasps, honeybees or hornets call Bee Safe Bee Removal for a same day removal.

Bee Swarm In Houston

What is a bee swarm?

April 14, 2020 Uncategorized
Honey Bee Swarm

Why do honeybees swarm?

Over the wintertime, the queen bee begins laying eggs in preparation for the coming months. With the arrival of spring and warm weather bees increase their outdoor activity; along with the hatching of new bees, the hive starts to become small and congested. Just as humans need more space to live and thrive, so do honeybees. Half of the honeybee colony begins to eat as much honey as they possibly can before they relocate into a new home. They will then protect the queen by surrounding her and keeping her in the middle, thus creating a honeybee swarm. When bees swarm, they will often pick a landing place to give their scouts time to gather information on nearby habitable nesting areas. This is when bees may choose to land on the side of your home or landscape.

Bee Swarm Removal

Should I be worried about bee swarms? Are they dangerous?

Bee swarms usually gather and leave within about 24-48 hours. Bees are typically waiting on their scouts to come back with the location of a place deemed suitable to build their hives and honeycombs. Once the scout bees return the bee swarm makes its move. Swarming bees are surprisingly docile; they are focused on finding a new home; not to mention the fact that they are heavy and sluggish from having their bellies full of honey. That being the case, we still suggest that you call a professional bee removal company like Bee Safe Bee Removal. Although bees tend to be more docile during the swarming process there may be a few exceptions, and we value your safety above all else. It is also a great idea to call Bee Safe Bee removal if you feel or fear that a bee swarm is choosing to turn your home into their permanent nesting place.

Bee Safe Bee Removal

Professional Beekeepers serving the great state of Texas

Bee Safe Bee Removal has vast experience in the safe & humane removal of beehives and bee swarms. Being worried that bees may make your home their potential nesting area is entirely understandable, and we can help. Bee Safe Bee removal values your safety and protection as well as the safety of your home. We have over 40 years of experience and know just what to do in every situation that you may encounter. Calling us early before bees have time to nest and create honeycomb may be the difference from a $300 job and a $1000 job. Once honeybees are established, they will tend to be more aggressive as they no longer are full of honey. This is yet another reason to take the proper precautions and call trained professionals. So, the next time you see a beehive don’t hesitate to a licensed professional bee removal company. Call 1-833-BEE-SAFE. Saving bees everywhere.

What is the price of bee removal?

How much does it cost to have bees removed?

April 2, 2020 Uncategorized

The cost of bee removal is dependent on three things:

  • The location of the bees
  • The size of the beehive
  • Height of the removal process

Swarm Removals

Swarm Removals are various price ranges. You should expect to add another 50 to 100 dollars or possibly more for swarms located on a tall tree or buildings. You will also have to pay more for the accessibility of the bees. In other words, the harder the bees are to get to, the more you will have to pay to get them removed. Swarms are big bundles of bees looking to set up a brand new hive once their original hive has grown too big. We do not recommend attempting to remove them yourself as they may become very aggressive and attack, call Bee Safe Bee Removal. Prices vary depending on the size of the hive and the complexity of the removal process. 

Beehive Removal Without Construction

The second type of bee removal that we offer here at Bee Safe Bee Removal is a hive removal without construction. Bee relocations of this type include water meter boxes, trees, trash cans, and any other hollow structures. These types of removals are prevalent during the springtime as bees are fresh off of being dormant for the wintertime. Prices vary depending on the size of the hive and the complexity of the removal process

Beehive Removal Without Repair

The third type of beehive removal is removal that does not involve any repairs. Often, customers will decide to go ahead and remodel a specific section of their homes after we perform an extraction. In this case, we go ahead and open up the building, remove the bees and leave the area open for their contractors to go in and start their remodel. Prices are typically a little bit lower than the full hive removal requiring construction, where our team seals the area with insulation and replaces the removed portion of the building. Prices vary depending on the size of the hive and the complexity of the removal process. 

Beehive Removal With Construction

The fourth type of bee removal that we offer is bee removal requiring construction. Bee Removals that need construction are more costly due to the intricacies of the process. This would involve potentially having to remove drywall, chimneys, roofing, and then correctly sealing the area where the bees were extracted. These are very important as many people often times call exterminators to kill the bees and thus leaving the honeycomb inside the walls of their home. This leaves behind honey, which eventually rots and attracts rats, birds, and eventually beetle larvae. Prices vary depending on the size of the hive and the complexity of the removal process.

Avoid this issue by calling one of Bee Safe Bee Removals professional beekeepers to resolve your issue.

 

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.

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