If you've recently noticed an unwanted swarm of bees on your property, but are concerned with recent reports of declining bee populations, you may be wondering about the most humane way to remove bees from your land without harming the hive. Fortunately, there are now a number of pest control experts (as well as apiarists) who can assist you with your bee problem. Read on to learn about how bees can be humanely and harmlessly relocated, as well as how you can find someone in your area to provide this service.
What is involved in bee relocation?
Bees are hive creatures -- they use scent, hormone, and visual signals to communicate locations of food and shelter to other members of their hive. Simply removing the bee hive and placing it in an alternate location may not be sufficient to permanently relocate them, as they can navigate their way back "home" at a distance of at least several hundred meters. If they've chosen your home because of the type of flowers you've planted or your proximity to water, it may require some persuasion and a bit of exercise in bee psychology to successfully rehome them.
One technique involves forcing the bees to exit the nest into a wire mesh device that encloses them. After the hive has been emptied into this container, the specialist will carefully remove it (honey and all) and repair any damage resulting from the removal. The bees and hive are then taken to a desirable new location with easy access to bee-friendly flowers and fresh water. The apiarist or pest control expert may wish to release certain pheromones in the air surrounding the new hive location to calm the bees for the few days following this stressful move, but most hives are fairly resilient and can adjust to their new location well.
How can you find someone to perform this service?
Your first step should be to contact your local apiarist society. These individuals are your local bee lovers and experts and should be able to provide you with pest control recommendations. Some may wish to add to their own colonies and will simply take these bees off your hands at no cost!
You'll want to keep an eye on the former hive location for a few weeks following the move, just to ensure no bees try to return, and to allow you to shoo them away if they do. If you do notice new bee swarms, contact the person who removed the hive -- he or she should be able to rehome these stragglers as well.
For more information, contact a company like ASAP Bee Removal.