Pest Control In The Era Of Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

Posted on: 22 December 2015

As you have likely heard in the media in recent years, the global honeybee population has been struggling with a situation that is called colony collapse disorder (CCD). CCD is blamed for the die-off of entire hives of honeybees and to date, scientists have not discovered the cause.

Living in the era of CCD dictates the importance of preserving bee colonies that swarm, rather than simply killing them with a commercial pesticide like you would a nest of wasps or hornets.

Here is information on the proper way to remove honeybees without harming the valuable bees in the process:

Honeybee Swarm Removal in Trees

Beehives that grow too large in size will hatch a new queen bee. As soon as the queen bee hatches, she leaves the existing hive to form a new colony and build a new hive to produce honey and hatch new bees to grow the hive's population.

When you find a ball of honeybees in your tree, then the bees are on their way to finding a new hive location. If you leave the bees alone, then they will usually continue on their way within a day or two. However, if a day passes and the bees don't seem to be leaving, then you should contact someone to come knock the bees out of the tree and into a hive box.

Honeybee Swarm Removal in a Structure or Automobile 

Honeybees build their hives in enclosed spaces where they can attach their honeycomb between two pieces of metal or wood, and where they are protected from the outside weather. This makes the walls of your home and abandoned automobiles appealing for honeybees as potential new hive sites. 

Bees that have swarmed into a wall or automobile will need to be treated with smoke to make them relaxed, and then they need to be vacuumed up with a special vacuum designed to collect the bees and not harm them. Once all of the bees have been collected, then they are placed into a new hive box to build their colony.

For Additional Information

If you would like to schedule an appointment to remove a bee swarm on your property, then you should contact a local pest control company like Suffolk Pest Control or a professional beekeeper. Once the bees have been safely relocated, then you can rest assured that the bees will not return to your tree and they will be happily moved into a hive box where they can make tasty honey and thrive for many years to come.