Best Way To Remove a Hive From A Structure

Bee Hive In The Wall

Hives can be in all types of walls. Brick walls, wood walls, and even stucco walls. Whenever the hive is inside a wall, the best way to remove it (in most cases) is by opening up the wall on the exterior. Here are the reasons why: Going inside through the drywall poses risks to the inside of the home. Beehive removal is messy. You have technicians in their bee suits who may track dirt in and out of the home by accident. Then you have the risk of bees getting inside the home. Even if you have an elimination performed prior to the hive removal, there are usually some BEES that are sniffing around while the hive is being removed. The last thing we want is to bring the bees inside the home. Also, in order to control the dirt, honey, and bees on the inside, a very thorough setup of plastic liners is required to keep everything protected.  On top of all that you still have a repair to the drywall which often requires paint matching and sometimes texturing.

You just found out that there are bees inside the structure of your home. Even worse, the bees have already built a hive inside the wall or roof.  No one likes to find out that bees have built a hive inside the structure of their home. It is often an expensive problem to fix. Why is this? Mainly because if the bees have been inside long enough to build a hive, the only way to remove the hive is by opening the roof, wall, or floor to extract it. What this means is that a power tool (saw, chipper, etc.) needs to be powered up to open the structure. This is often the only way to gain access to the hive. The thought of having to open a roof is upsetting to some homeowners, especially if it is a new or specialty type roof. So, what is the best way to remove a hive from a structure? The answer depends on where the hive is located. Let’s break it down by location.

Bee Hive In The Roof

If the hive is inside the roof, it is often located in an attic, hanging down inside a crawl space. The best way to remove hives from a roof is by opening the roof on the exterior. It is quite common that many homeowners do not want their roof opened. They often ask us to remove the hive by crawling inside the attic. Although it is understandable that a homeowner would prefer it this way, it really isn’t the best way to perform the removal. Here are the reasons why: Going in through the attic crawl space is dangerous. Often it is unstable footing.  There is risk that the technician may fall accidentally and have their foot go through the ceiling! Also, there is risk to damage to any electrical wires & water pipes. Another danger of removing a hive from an attic is the heat. Attics are extremely hot. Combine that with the fact that the technician will be wearing a bee suit, and you run a risk of heat stroke. Also, may times the angle of the rooftop makes it impossible to gain access to the hive. There are simply some hives that cannot be reached if they are located in a crowded corner of the attic. You would need an incredibly talented and flexible technician (who is able to pull off some very advanced yoga moves in a bulky bee suit) in order to get the job done this way.

Beehives Under The Floor

Whenever a hive is located under a floor or porch, it is usually located in a crawlspace under the house or deck. Often, a homeowner will request that we go under the crawl space to remove the hive. Unless you can completely stand up under the crawl space, it is usually not the best way to remove the hive. So, what is the best way? The best way to remove hives from a floor is from above the hive. The main reason is that underneath, there is usually very limited movement. Having a technician crawl on hands and knees in a bulky bee suit usually isn’t feasible. In addition to that, there are challenges working below the hive while trying to remove it. The main challenge is that honey can drip down on top of the technician. With limited space to angle arms, it is very hard to scrape and gain control of the combs of the hive. It’s all about the positioning. When removing a hive, you really want to be above it, in order to remove it properly.  The better control you have over scraping off the hive, the less risk of damage from honey running and dripping inside the structure.

From the top, it is much easier to get a good grip on the combs and prevent honey dripping. As you can see by now, the best way to remove a hive from a structure is usually from the exterior. There are, however, some exceptions. Sometimes it is not feasible to open on the exterior. Sometimes the costs of doing it on the outside are way more expensive than the cost of the extra precautionary work needed to do it from the inside. For example, replacement parts for rock and/or block wall exteriors may be near impossible to order or replace. Slate roofs are prone to breaking easily and extremely difficult to work on. Older homes with custom tiles that are no longer manufactured can also be tricky when considering the cost of repair.  Aside from these exceptions, removing from the exterior is almost always the best way to remove beehives from a structure. Have bees built a hive inside the wall or roof of your home? Believe it or not, it’s quite common for bees to build a hive inside the structure of your home. We at APA Bee Removal are experts at removing hives from structures. In fact, it is one of the most common services we provide. Sometimes we can even remove the bees alive if the conditions are right. The first step in removing a hive from a structure is to identify where the bees are located and figure out how long they have been there for. The next step is figuring out how to open the structure in order to remove the bees and hive safely. The last step is to ensure the bees don’t return. APA Bee Removal has performed thousands of hive removals from structures for over 20 years. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. If you would like to schedule an appointment to receive an estimate for a hive removal, give us a call.

Getting Rid Of Bees

Did you know? When honey bees invade your home, their nuisance to your family isn’t the only problem that can occur. There are other issues that bees can cause even after they’ve been removed. Bees can be incredibly destructive. When a colony takes over an area of your home, even if for a short amount of time, they may destroy important parts of your house and its structure to make room for their hive and honeycomb. On the other hand, sometimes getting rid of honey bees requires some invasive dismantling to reach and remove the hive. If bees have made themselves at home in your walls, roof, drywall or stucco, they may not be easy to access. Either way, a bee infestation can cause some serious damage to your home.

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

APA Bee Removal understands the destruction a bee colony can cause. After safely removing the honey bees from your home, our bee removal experts can handle any repairs that may be needed. Don’t let a honey bee infestation affect your home any longer. APA Bee Removal will assess the damage the honey bee colony has made to your home and provide you with an estimate for the needed repairs. APA Bee Removal bee removal repair experts will make you feel as if the honey bees were never there,repairing any damage and also offer a guarantee on our repairs against future leaks.

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DO YOU NEED TO OPEN MY ROOF OR WALL IN ORDER TO REMOVE A BEE HIVE?

Have bees built a hive inside the wall or roof of your home? Believe it or not, it’s quite common for bees to build a hive inside the structure of your home. We at APA Bee Removal are experts at removing hives from structures. In fact, it is one of the most common services we provide. Sometimes we can even remove the bees alive if the conditions are right. The first step in removing a hive from a structure is to identify where the bees are located and figure out how long they have been there for. The next step is figuring out how to open the structure in order to remove the bees and hive safely. The last step is to ensure the bees don’t return. APA Bee Removal has performed thousands of hive removals from structures for over 20 years. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. We have an A+ rating with the BBB and take on jobs other companies find too difficult. If you would like to schedule an appointment to receive an estimate for a hive removal, give us a call. 

When Bee’s chooses a part of a house to build its hive, there are several locations where bees prefer to build, especially the warm ones because it helps to have a stable  internal temperature, so it will preserve better conditions and with all this in favor the hive is going to grow faster. When they build in houses, they do it “secretly” by hiding in the quietest place. You know the size of a bee, so imagine how easy is to enter to any place by any small openings.  Day by day the hive will grow more and more each day. Once you notice you have a Beehive inside your home. The first thing you should do is to call a professional. This is important for the safety of your Family, Pet’s, and neighbors. 

WHY ARE STRUCTURAL REPAIRS  IMPORTANT?

They are very important because we are talking about the house of a person and we need to leave it as a safe place. Our Structural Repairs service is not done when we fix or repair the damage, it is done after we check the whole house looking for any other hives or any other opportunities to a bee of building a hive. We will work until we see you, our client, are going to be safe from new invasions in your house or near your house. Don’t think it twice and be confident about our job and the services we offer.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE TO OPEN MY WALL OR ROOF?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when someone calls our office is “Why do you need to open the wall or roof of my home in order to remove the bees?” It’s a good question that has many answers. Let me explain. Whenever bees get inside a roof, wall, or chimney, its likely the bees will eventually build a hive. As we have said many times before, time is of the essence when bees enter a structure. The sooner you resolve the problem, the less costly it will be. So how do you know if there is a hive in your roof or wall? How do you know how big the hive is? It’s important to know this information because it is key to whether or not the wall or roof needs to be opened. Why pay someone to open up the roof or wall of your home if you don’t need to? Today lot of companies that are doing bee removal work are pest control companies that dont have any clue as how long it takes for a beehive to form a hive once it has started. We are called after they have tried to remove the bees and beehive. What is common is the bees keep returning becuase they are no sure there is a hive or not. The following is a break down of howlong it takes to form a beehive. 

Examples of Structural Removal Inside Walls

Structural Removal Inside a wall of a House

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE BEES TO MAKE A BEEHIVE?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when someone calls our office is “Why do you need to open the wall or roof of my home in order to remove the bees?” It’s a good question that has many answers. Let me explain. Whenever bees get inside a roof, wall, or chimney, its likely the bees will eventually build a hive. As we have said many times before, time is of the essence when bees enter a structure. The sooner you resolve the problem, the less costly it will be. So how do you know if there is a hive in your roof or wall? How do you know how big the hive is? It’s important to know this information because it is key to whether or not the wall or roof needs to be opened. Why pay someone to open up the roof or wall of your home if you don’t need to?

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Bee Swarm – No Honeycomb

So how do you know when it is (or isn’t) necessary to open the wall or roof in order to get the beehive out?  The main factor that determines this is the length of time the bees have infested the wall or roof void. Here is what you need to know: If the bees have been there less than a week or two, we almost always advise the homeowner NOT to open up the structure. This is because if the bees have only been there a short amount of time, they haven’t had a chance to build a fully established hive yet. In this scenario it is way less expensive to perform an elimination. It kills the bees before they have a chance to build a hive. Because you don’t need to open the structure in order to perform an elimination, its will save you a heck of a lot of money. *Note: Normally we prefer to remove the bees alive and relocate them humanely. In situations where bees get inside a wall or roof void however, smoking or trying to lure the bees out rarely works. Smoking bees in a structure usually makes it worse because it pushes the bees further into the structure, instead of driving them out. Trying to use a lure to coax out bees rarely solves the problem and often makes it worse. 

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Bee Swarm After 2-3 Weeks

White Honeycomb If the hive has been there 2-3 weeks, you are in a grey area. Sometimes there is enough hive material that would make it necessary to open the structure. Sometimes it isn’t necessary. There are times when one of our technicians will look at a structural job, and based on what he observes, it may be undetermined whether or not it is necessary to open the wall or roof. Whenever one of our technicians isn’t absolutely sure if there is a hive, he will usually advise the homeowner not to pay the additional money to open the structure. In these cases, he will tell the customer that it is better to start with the elimination only and see if that works. If the bees return quickly (or year after year) in the same location, then it will be advisable to open the structure.

Bee Swarm After A Month or longer

Yellow, Brown and Black Comb If the bees have been there for more than four weeks, there will usually be In this situation the technician will likely advise the homeowner to have the hive removed. There are a number of reasons why The main reason being that eventually a new swarm is likely re infest the same area, year after year. It’s important to note that a reputable bee removal company will never advise you to open the structure if there isn’t a hive. Unfortunately there are some less than honest companies that will advise the home owner to open the structure when it isn’t needed. Why do they do this? Usually because they can charge more for the job, or they are unlicensed with the structural pest control board. The best way you can protect yourself from being scammed into necessarily opening a structure is by asking for the company to take photos. Have them take a photo of the hive before it is removed, and another photo after it is removed. Not only does this protect you from having to open the structure unnecessarily, it also provides proof of a thorough clean out of the hive. 

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