Removal and Relocation of Honey Bees
A lot of people have been asking us if we provide bee removal services. While we do provide pest control services for a number of stinging insects, we cannot perform bee exterminations in Washington state. However, what we can do is help you find a way to have the bees carefully removed from your property.
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Why Honey Bee Extermination is Illegal
There is currently rising concern among agricultural representatives and public officials that honey bees populations are dying off. Legislation and regulation regarding the treatment and handling of honey bees has been a topic of heavy discussion for several years now. To protect these natural and necessary insects, Washington state has ruled honey bee extermination illegal.
Why Honey Bees are Dying
Over the past six years, a 2015 study shows that over 10 million beehives have died. Beekeepers have calculated an annual loss of between 30 to 90 percent of their colonies. Whether due to pesticides, parasites, or other factors, this dramatic loss of honey bees could have huge repercussions.
Honey bees do much to regulate and promote the growth of flowering plants. Their foraging activities of feeding on pollen nectar results in the pollination of flower plants. Studies show that nearly a third of our food supply demands pollination by bees.
If honey bees die out, thousands of plants will die and much of our variety in foods would die out over time. The amount of money invested in plants pollinated by honey bees every year is about $265 billion dollars. For these reasons, Washington state is making great efforts to ensure that our honey bees and lifestyle are protected.
What Can Be Done to Remove Honey Bees
While honey bees cannot be exterminated, they can certainly be removed and relocated. This process requires extensive training, resources, and experience, so it is vital to contact professionals for this project. If you are concerned that you have a honey bee colony on your property or inside your home, here is what can be done to remove these stinging insects:
1. Professional Inspection
Various stinging insects are common throughout Washington state. If the nest in the eaves of your home is just a colony of yellow jackets, wasps, or hornets, then you can have those exterminated by a pest control company. The only way to be certain is to invite a pest expert to inspect the hive. If they find honey bees, then you can take the next step.
2. Contact a Beekeeper
One of our technicians can put you in touch with local beekeepers if you find bees on your property.These individuals are trained to properly care for and handle bees. They can inspect the colony and coordinate with you about the removal of the honey bees.
3. Contact Other Parties
If the bees are inside a part of your home, it may mean you need to contact other professionals about deconstructing and reconstructing your property. If you need to remove a wall, move some wiring, or adjust plumbing to get to the bees, contacting the necessary technicians and scheduling a day to remove them is your final step.
Contact Pest Solutions
If there’s the possibility you may have a stinging insect infestation on your property, whether it’s honey bees, wasps, yellow jackets, or hornets, the most important step is to have the colony inspected by a professional.
At Pest Solutions, our team of expertly trained technicians can help you identify the colony, plan a solution, and develop a pest maintenance plan to prevent the stinging insects from returning. To learn more, contact us today at (866)-607-8288 or fill out our contact form.