What Should My Property Management Business Do About Bees?

I’m concerned bout bees moving into a property.

It’s a question I get asked pretty frequently.  Just about every Spring when swarm season starts.  The first thing you should do in the Fall of each Year and at the beginning of Spring is to make sure any and all cracks, holes, crevices, etc… in your buildings and structures are sealed.  Use caulk, replace siding or roofing, whatever needs to be done to close up any possible entry points that bees might use as an entrance into an open void space.

This does more for you than prevent bees from moving in.  It helps keep other pests out a well.  It also reduces heating and cooling bills.  It prevents structural damage from rain and snow getting inside of unprotected and difficult to access places in a building.  It;s in your best interests to have your building gone over with a fine tooth comb and sealed up at the beginning of Spring each year.  An ounce of prevention and all that.

Bees have already gotten in, now what?

It’s best if you can can arrange a professional live removal in the Spring and within a days to a couple of weeks of the bees moving in.  Hopefully before the bees can get a full nest established.  If caught early, a “trap-out” might be successful without the need to do structural work to remove the nest. 

Most pest control operators try very hard to not kill bees anymore unnecessarily.  It’s part of their efforts to use pesticides responsibly, keep bees alive and it doesn’t help the public image in today’s society to be killing bees unnecessarily.  

If the bees have been there awhile already, it will definitely require some inspection and very likely structural work to open the structure, remove the nest ( as the state of Nebraska requires) and repair the opening.

We didn’t notice the bees until July or later

It’s very difficult to get any beekeeper to do a live capture or removal after July because the likelihood that the bees won’t survive over the Winter increase with every week after the end of June.   If at all possible, it’s best to let the bees stay in place until the following Spring.  Either the bees will die over the Winter and all you need to have done is have the cavity opened up to remove the nest  or the bees live and Spring is the best chance to remove bees and keep them alive.

Some hobbyist beekeepers or clubs offer free removal, why pay a professional?

One of the main reasons businesses hire a professional is that their own insurance requires a professional contractor that is insured at the very least.  A professional is also more likely to have the proper professional tools and equipment to do the job right.  Also, a professional usually has a more open schedule to arrange service at the convenience of the client as opposed to the schedule of the hobbyist that often has a job, family and other obligations to consider.

Live removals do require insurance,  tools, equipment, experience, trained skills, knowledge of bees to prevent people from being unnecessarily stung and more.  All of these things cost the professional bee removal tech money and more.  Let’s turn the question around, do you go to work, doing your best professional work, for free?

What can happen if we don’t have the nest removed?

Honey bee nests still contain honey and pollen.  Without bees, should they have died one way or another, to maintain the environment inside, the wax of the nest may melt.  The honey can ferment and run down.  Left behind bee nests will draw other pests such as roaches, beetles, moths, spiders mice and more.

This can not just damage but cause environmental issues such as mold inside walls and ceilings.  Dripping, fermented honey can leak into drywall, plaster and wood, making the material smell virtually as though something died there, staining it beyond repair.

I offer professional live bee removal services for businesses and  property managers.

I carry business liability insurance and am a registered contractor with the state of Nebraska.  This is to assure my clients that they can get structural opening, bee nest removal and structural repair  to properly close the voidspace and prevent other pests from getting in and prevent future bee swarms from moving in to that same space.

I manage hives for area businesses and organizations and the bees are relocated to those more appropriate places so that everyone wins.


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