Live Bee Removal
Bees form a critical role in the ecosystem and are largely responsible for the pollination of a major percentage of plant-life. A large portion of the agricultural sector depends on these tiny little busy bodies to pollinate their crops.
Beekeeping is therefore not only about the commercial value of producing and selling honey or beeswax but also about providing this valuable pollination to the commercial sector. Live bee removal is thus not just about a humane means of getting rid of bees but also for commercial reasons.
Beekeepers will often offer their bee removal services free of charge and relocate the bees to where they would provide the greatest commercial value. However, there may be some charges involved to cover the cost of materials that are used during the process.
So what is the live bee removal process and how does it work?
Step 1 – Safety First
Professional bee removal experts will probably require the property to be vacated during the process. Although they take measures to keep the bees calm, bees can become aggressive when they believe that their hive is under threat and may swarm and attack. Multiple bee stings can be dangerous and even fatal. Even one sting can be risky for a person who is allergic. Beekeepers will wear suits and protective gear to avoid getting stung.
Step 2 – Stay Calm
Traditionally, beekeepers used smoke to keep bees calm during a removal process. These days, they us a gas that is pumped into the hive that makes the bees sleepy and keeps them calm. This is necessary not just to prevent aggressive stinging attacks but to ensure that the bees remain with the hive when it is relocated. Swarms that do not have a hive or comb don’t require this step in the process. They don’t have a home or queen to protect and are therefore less likely to become aggressive.
Step 3 – Removal
The bee removal specialist will take the comb or combs that form part of a hive with the bees and place it in a sealed container for transit to its new location. Any bees that remain behind will disperse because there is no longer a hive to tend to. The combs are made of wax and are where new honeybees grow into adulthood and where the honey is made and stored.
Step 4 – Relocation
The bee removal specialist will relocate the bees to a suitable location where they will be of greatest value. Beekeepers will probably keep the bees and hive to grow their own business. However, they may sell the bees for commercial agricultural reasons.
Why is live bee removal preferable?
As explained above, keeping those precious little creatures alive is of benefit to the environment as well as having commercial value. It is also the healthier option when compared to eliminating bees. Pesticides or insecticides that are toxic are used to kill bees and these can be harmful to human and animal life as well as hazardous to the environment. However, it is important to be aware that sometimes, eliminating bees is the better or only option available.