Live bee removal to solve infestation permanently

by: Richard J Jackson

The best way to undertake live bee removal in a home or property infested with bee is to allow professionals to handle the job. Humanely dealing with the problem of bee infestation in a populated area is a delicate procedure, especially if the invading species is the Africanized bee. These bees are notorious for their propensity to attack at the slightest, or even without, provocation. And its territorial instinct is quite extensive, reaching to as far as one mile from its hive. Another quirk with the Africanized bee is that it closely resembles the relatively more benign European honey bee. An ordinary lay person will have difficulty telling which is which, making bee removal complicated as there are undergoing efforts to control the spread of the Africanized bee in the American continent.The experts' modus operandi after capturing a colony of Africanized bee is to quarantine the hive, and isolate its queen to prevent it from mating with her drones. A queen from the European honey bee variety is introduced into the Africanized colony, and pretty soon a much gentler bee colony develops, arresting the spread of the killer bees. Some technology is also employed in the professional way of live bee removal. The more advanced bee control experts use miniature cameras to locate bee hives hidden in voids in home structures or buildings. With these cameras, there is no need to bore holes in a trial and error fashion to find the invading bees. Laser thermometers are also sometimes employed to detect the heat (95 ºF) emanating from beehives and pinpoint the location of the colony with reasonable accuracy. Once the bee hive is located and removed, the bee experts also ensure that the infestation problem will not recur. They do this by cleaning thoroughly with water and detergent the area formerly occupied by the bees. This will remove the traces of the chemical pheromone from the bees. Without proper cleaning or treatment, the pheromone could attract other bees to use the site again.The same treatment goes for the beeswax that could be hard to remove in hive sites inside homes that are difficult to reach. A heat gun is the usual equipment of bee control professionals in melting and removing wax in these areas. If left untouched, the remnants of the wax comb could again attract another bee invasion. As an added precaution, a bee repellent is applied to the area where the beeswax was attached. Obviously, a homeowner whose property was infested with bees need to shell out some cash for professional assistance in live bee removal. But whatever the expenditure, the amount spent should be worth it. Live removal is a much better way of getting rid of bees in an inhabited area. Bees have important roles to play in our ecosystem, particularly in agricultural production. Besides, there are many bee control professionals who fully understand the value of bees and charge very affordable rates. Additionally, many professional beekeepers are willing to undertake the bee removal for free since they can keep the captured bees in their commercial apiaries.