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Best Way To Remove a Beehive From a Structure

Discovering bees within the walls or roof of your home can be a costly problem to resolve. The best way to remove a beehive from a structure is by opening the structure with a power tool, such as a saw or chipper. This can be distressing, particularly for homeowners with new or unique roofs. The removal method also depends on the beehive’s location within the structure.
When bees invade the interior of a house, they will likely construct a hive. Acting swiftly to address the issue reduces expenses. Determining the presence and size of the hive is crucial in deciding whether or not the wall or roof should be dismantled. Avoid unnecessary costs by only opening up the home’s structure when necessary.

Beehive In The Wall

The best way to remove a hive within walls is by opening up the exterior wall. Going through the drywall poses risks to the inside of the home and may result in bees entering. Beehive removal is messy, with technicians in bee suits potentially tracking dirt inside. Even with prior elimination, some bees may be present during removal. To control dirt, honey, and bees inside, thorough use of plastic liners is necessary. Repairing the drywall often entails paint matching and texturing.

Beehive In The Roof

The safest and most effective way to remove a hive from a roof is by opening the exterior. While some homeowners prefer removing the hive by crawling inside the attic, it poses several risks. The attic crawl space can have unstable footing, increasing the danger of falls and potential damage to electrical wires and water pipes. Attics are also hot, which combined with wearing a bee suit, can lead to heat stroke. In addition, the angle of the rooftop may make it inaccessible to reach certain hives. Therefore, it is best to have a skilled technician open the roof for hive removal.

Beehive Under The Floor

When a hive is found under a floor or porch, it is often in the crawl space below the house or deck. Homeowners may request hive removal from the crawl space, but it is not the most effective method. The optimal way is to remove the hive from above. This is because there is restricted movement below, making it challenging for a technician in a bee suit to crawl and remove the hive. There are also difficulties in preventing honey from dripping onto the technician. To minimize damage, it is important to position oneself above the hive for better control during removal.

Removing beehives from structures is typically best done from the exterior, although there are exceptions. Difficulties with exterior access, expensive repairs, and unavailability of replacement parts can make interior removal more practical. However, in general, exterior removal is recommended. If bees have built a hive inside your home, professional help, such as APA Bee Removal, can safely remove the hive. They assess the hive’s location and duration, open the structure to remove the bees and hive, and take measures to prevent their return. With over 20 years of experience, APA Bee Removal is licensed, bonded, and insured. Contact them to schedule an estimate for hive removal.


When bees enter a home, it may be necessary to open the wall or roof to remove them. Detecting the presence and size of a hive is crucial in determining whether such action is required. Prompt resolution of the issue reduces costs. Many bee removal services are offered by pest control companies unaware of the time it takes for a hive to form. They often fail to completely remove the bees and hive, leading to their return. Understanding the timeline is therefore important.


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Bee Swarm – No Honeycomb

The decision to open up a wall or roof to remove a beehive depends on how long the bees have been there. If it's been less than a week or two, it's usually advised not to open the structure. This is because the hive wouldn't be fully established yet, making it more cost-effective to eliminate the bees before they have a chance to build a hive. This method doesn't require opening the structure and saves money. However, when bees get inside a wall or roof, smoking or luring them out rarely works and can worsen the situation.


Bee Swarm After 2-3 Weeks

If a honeycomb hive has been present for 2-3 weeks, determining whether it's necessary to open the structure becomes uncertain. Our technicians assess the situation and decide whether or not to open the wall or roof based on their observations. If unsure, they advise homeowners against paying for structure opening. Instead, they recommend starting with elimination to see if it resolves the issue. If the bees continue to return in the same location, opening the structure becomes advisable.

Bee Swarm After A Month or longer

If bees have been present for over four weeks, it is advisable to remove the hive to prevent future infestations. Reputable removal companies will never suggest opening a structure without a hive, but some dishonest companies may do so for financial gain or because they are unlicensed. To protect yourself, ask for photos of the hive before and after removal. This not only prevents unnecessary structure openings but also serves as proof of a complete hive cleanout.

We Repair Your Roof, Wall or Ceiling From Bee Swarm Damage

Did you know that honey bees can cause more than just a nuisance? They can be incredibly destructive, destroying parts of your home to make room for their hive. Removing them may require invasive dismantling if they have made themselves at home in your walls or roof. Overall, a bee infestation can result in serious damage to your home.

We employ methods to extract hives with minimal structural damage, prioritizing the safety of the nesting bees. Our live honeybee removal process involves careful manual handling or, at times, using a vacuum. The bees are relocated to our local hives to continue their honey production. However, not all hives survive the transplantation process, particularly those previously exposed to sprays.


We back every job with our guarantee. We meticulously identify the bees’ entry points and handle your property with the utmost care, aiming to minimize any damage to the roofline, walls, or siding.


Our success rate in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County speaks for itself, and we offer the most competitive rates in the area. Contact us for the best possible service and rates.



Our Structural Repairs service ensures the safety of your home by not only fixing damage, but also thoroughly inspecting the entire house for any remaining hives or potential nesting opportunities for bees. We are dedicated to working until you, our client, are protected from future invasions in or around your house. Trust in our skilled team and the services we provide. Don’t hesitate, choose us for a job well done.

Examples of Structural Removal Inside Walls

Structural Removal Inside a wall of a House