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Florida Bee Removal, Inc. for all of your buzzing
Bee Removal, Inc. is a licensed
and insured company for your
protection. Be sure any company you hire for
bee or pest removal can show you credentials
including license and insurance. If they can
not, choose another company.
sure you hire a certified Pest Control Operator
(PCO) for your bee issues. Due to the ever
expanding presence of Africanized bees in Florida,
the state recommends a PCO for eradication of bees
in and around homes. The African honey bee
is considerably more defensive of the bee hive
than the European honey bee.
& Honey Removal
Bee Removal specializes in live removal and relocation of
bees in Ft Myers.
In addition to bee removal (including Africanized
bees) we remove wasps, hornets, yellow jackets as
well as bee hive and honey removal. We are
licensed and insured and perform bee removal
service not only in Fort Myers, but the entire state
of Florida. Call Florida Bee Removal whether
you need bee removal services, or perhaps you have
a bee swarm or yellow jacket nest on your property
and would just like additional information.
We have been in the bee removal business over 50
years and enjoy every bee removal adventure. You are never a bother to us, we love the phone to
buzz for bees!
If you are located in Florida,
you come into contact with bees. It's just a fact
of life. Sadly, you don't know if you're dealing
with aggressive bees or non-aggressive bees until
it's too late. At Florida Bee Removal, our experts
are highly qualified and properly trained in safe,
effective bee removal techniques. We offer
same-day service at a fair price.
When we can safely and
effectively perform it, Florida Bee Removal
prefers to practice live bee removal of the bee
hive if at all possible. When we have safely
removed the live bees from your property we turn
them over to a local beekeeper so they may be
safely managed. When we have safely
removed the live bees from your property in Ft
Myers, we turn
them over to a local beekeeper so they may be
safely managed. Our goal is not to
exterminate bees, rather remove the danger of the
bees from your property and keep them in their
natural habitat so they can continue benefit our
evironment. Other stinging and aggressive
insects such as wasps and yellow jackets must be
exterminated and removed from the
We can extract established bee
hives from walls, chimneys, roofs, under sheds,
and other areas where bees like to build a hive.
Bees can easily fit into an area the size of a
pencil eraser. The bee removal process also
inlcudes finding the point of entry. Once we
have completed your bee removal process, we will
guarantee you will not have bees return to that
Removal ~ Yellow Jacket Removal ~ Wasp Removal ~
Relocation of Wild Honey Bees
The State Of Florida has determined that
eradication of wild bees is the safest method of
Honey Bee control. However, there is no current
rule/law requiring feral bee colonies (Those
having no bee keeper) to be automatically killed.
When eradication is deemed necessary, licensed
pest control operators only are certified to apply
appropriate products onto a bee infestation.
The most comprehensive solution, to unwanted bee
hives, is to employ an entity skilled in
determining if a bee issue should be eradicated or
relocated. The entity should be both certified in
General Household Pest control and experienced in
apiculture (Honey bee expert ).
Relocation of a bee colony involves removal of
both bees and combs from one location ( deemed
unwanted or unsafe ) to a more desirable ( safer )
habitat. One must bee safe in this
procedure—being careful not to endanger people,
pets, and property. Relocation requires more time to
accomplish than eradication and therefore, demands
a higher fee. About three-fourths of relocated bee
colonies abscond ( swarm away ) soon after removal
from their original hive site. These absconders
could swarm to an undesirable
Bee pests and pathogens (germs) are a constant
threat to our Apian friends. In some areas of
Florida, Honey bee losses continue to escalate.
Rogue use of pesticides, exotic pests, and poor
bee keeping management threatens to further reduce
bee colony numbers. Less pollinators can
result in less food for man. Without sufficient
crop reproduction, we could be forced onto an
unsavory diet of carrots and potatoes. Food prices
would go out of sight. It is therefore important
to save bee colonies whenever possible.
HEAT CAN CREATE STRESS IN HONEY BEE
honeybees can survive temperatures as high as 122
degrees F. However,
their survival depends upon an efficient HVAC crew
to remove excessive heat from their hives. A bee
colony employs ventilation and H2O evaporation to
accomplish necessary cooling of themselves and
their hive environment.
On hot summer days, AC bees arrange
themselves in a manner which promotes the flow of
air into and out of their home. When water is
present, in the colony, the airflow caries
calories of heat to the ambient air outside.
relocating bee colonies, this heat production must
be controlled. The bees should not be transferred
with combs and honey. Ventilation must also be
provided by hiving the colony in a container open
at the top and large enough to allow for ample
space between the individual insects. Cardboard
boxes are good for these types of honey bee
relocations. Never cram a bee colony into too
small a space.
Sting Operation uses mesh laundry bags to cover
the boxed bees.
They usually travel comfortably when placed in the
AC within the cab of our vehicles. An occasional
sprinkling of water helps cool a bee colony in
this—Bees-in-heat are stressed and easily
agitated. Let our bee removal specialists safely
and efficiently handle your problem bee issues.
a honeybee swarm will elect to construct its wax
net from a tree limb or upon a structure.
Exposed bee colonies exhibit unique issues not
usually found with bees in wall voids or
contained, unexposed to the elements.
Exposed bee colonies are more protective of their
nest since the beehive is very vulnerable to
predators, and honeycombs are subject to being
dislodged in high wind conditions.
honeybees often attack in large numbers, sensing
that surrounding people and animals have
threatened them. Many times, there will be
two issues to control-bees on the ground and bees
remaining on comb remnants in the tree or
honycombs, from exposed bee colonies, pose an
immediate danger. An Issue, such as this,
can be safely handled by contacting the
professionals with over 50 years experience -
Florida Bee Removal.
BEE STING EMERGENCIES
the 26th of June, 2017, a call was placed to
Florida Bee Removal by the Hendry County Sheriff's
Department. The deputy was requesting
assistance in extricating a 67 year old man from a
swarm of bees. The man was stung more than
100 times and needed to be removed from the bee
attack. The local fire department used foam
to disable teh swarm while they removed the victim
most fire departments have procedures in place to
effectively deal with honeybee and wasp
attacks. However this has not always been
the case. About 10 years ago, some young
boys were riding dirt bikes near a bee yard in St
Petersburg, Florida. One of the riders slid
into a beehive, toppling it. Before
emergency services arrived, the boy was covered
with mad bees. The ambulance crew bravely
rescued the victim and they were also stung many
stings are painful. However, one sting can
be fatal to the 1-2% of victims who may experience
anaphylactic shock which can shut off breathing.
Others may be affected with excessive swelling or
removal of nuisance or dangerous honeybee/wasp
issues, call upon Florida Bee Removal to attend to
your safety needs throughout Central and South
Bee Emergency Response Training is available
through UF/IFAS 850-674-8323 FIRE/RESCUE, AND LAW
ENFORCEMENT are encouraged to attend.
BEE REMOVAL 2016
looks to be especially busy for bee removal
calls. Please hire a licensed and insured
company for your bee removal, as bee swarms may be agressive.
unfortunate person in Florida already found
out how aggressive a bee swarm can be this year.
In addition, please don't take it upon yourself to
remove the bees, as these
people were injured in April of 2015 while
being to close to a bee hive.
Bee removal or relocation
becomes necessary when bee swarms suddenly appear
on trees, in containers, or around structures.
Also, established bee colonies, with combs, need
removal when they interfere with normal human
the fall of 1962, several of us young lads
discovered honey bees, nesting high in a majestic
Hickory tree. We fabricated some protective
clothing and, with the aid of a cross-cut saw,
brought down the splintering tree along with the
bee colony. For several hours, there was a great
deal of befuddlement and misbehavior. Upon our
return, the following morning, the bee colony had
formed a swarm upon a tree limb. A gunney sac was
used to encase the bees and branch, upon which
they had landed. A local farmer bequeathed to us
an old weather-worn bee hive, in which we
introduced the swarm. We placed a pane of glass
under the telescopic lid of the hive body. This
made viewing safer as we watched honey bees store
nectar, pollen, and other provisions from late
As Indian Summer faded, the arrival of cold
weather caused the bees to become less active.
There was very little left to do other than to
snuggle with their honey. This adventure took
place over 50 years ago and, I assure you, the
pleasure of working with bees has increased over
Once again, it is early February. A brisk,
bracing breeze greets the fiery sunrise across the
Green Swamp. Blossoming red and golden Maples hum
with bee visitors stocking up on early provisions
of nectar and pollen. This bounty will soon be
followed by Florida Willows adding to the build-up
By February 15th, Florida Bee
Removal will be called upon to resolve bee swarm
issues from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale and within
the cities of Tampa Bay . The degree of
reproductive swarming will depend upon the success
of the late winter build-up. It is not unusual to
receive over 20 bee swarm concerns on a warm
are thousands of commercial bee colonies, now
placed in close proximity to millions of acres of
citrus. The nectar flow, from this source, often
drips from the trees and bees can be heard humming
among the blossoms. When the bee hives become
heavy, with stored honey and replete with
thousands of young worker bees, the issuance of
reproductive swarms may number in the hundreds.
bee swarms, if true to nature, will follow
observable behaviors: 1- approximately ˝ of bees
in a colony, along with the old queen, swarm away
to establish a new family; 2- The swarm alights
upon a plant or structure; 3- search bees
investigate and evaluate potential nesting sites;
4- a location is chosen and the bee swarm alights
near the portal of the selected void or space; 5-
the domestic crew does a final inspection; 6- the
bee swarm takes possession of the new home; 7-the
bees, full of honey, secrete beeswax and fashion
it into comb; 8- the old queen deposits eggs into
the comb until she is replaced due to declining
productivity; 9- field worker bees gather nectar,
pollen, propolis, and water; 10- nurse bees care
for developing brood and finally,
11- Florida Bee Removal is called to deal
with bees that are inconveniently located.
2015 was a busy year, Florida Bee Removal has been
able to invest in new technologies and has
improved its bee control procedures. We can be
Johnny-on-the-spot when called upon for both
routine and emergency bee service. We offer free
bee removal advice and free bee removal estimates.
Florida Bee Removal dba Apian Services is looking
forward to sharing your bee removal adventures in
marks the beginning of our 55th yeat in the
adventurous pursuit of bee removal and
relocation. I still remember well those
indian summer days of fall in North
Carolina. Asters and goldenrods lingered
still along rural roadsides and abundantly in
meadows and on hillsides. This rich floral
display was the bees' final banquet prior to
winter. Drifting red and yellow leaves would
soon litter the forest floor turning brown and
crunching beneath our feet.
In Florida, bees work year-round storing tons of
honey and providing pollination of crops. In
late September, brazilian pepper trees bloom
profusely. This attracts beekeepers from
other states as well as local apiarists. In
the presence of thousands of bee hives, bee swarms
are apt to appear on any day. Bee swarms
take residence in structures, trees, and in
containers. Some of these are accessible
enough to relocate.
nectar produces yellow honecomb. The honey
itself has a bitter aftertaste but is excellent
for use in baked products. Since bees are
valuable to out survival, Florida bee removal
attempts to relocate honeybee colonies whenever
feasible when our customers call for bee removal
services. As our bee removal business has
been in our family for generations we are prepared
to take care of your bee removal issues both now
and in the future.
honeybee populations were adversely affected this
period by several factors: loss of nectar
flow, storms, and exotic pests; to name a
few. These conditions contriuted to
diminished bee colony numbers which resulted in
loss of income to beekeeepers.
beekeepers depend upon spring honey flows to
bolster their investment income for the
year. 2017 was a failure for orange blossom
honey. Palmeto and gall berry sources did
not adequately produce in the late spirng.
Much of the summer was devoted to recouping losses
by splitting bee colonies and the feeding of sugar
syrup and pollen supplements.
the height of a promising orange blossom season
(March-April) high winds descended upon the
Highland Ridge, dislodging blossoms from the
citrus trees. Hurricane Irma destroyed
nearly half of the bee colonies in Southwest
Florida, bringing with it high winds and intense
flooding. Honeybees suffered losses from
Little Hive Beetles, Tracheal Mites, Braula Fly,
and Foulbrood (both American and European).
majority of wild bee colonies are those which have
swarmed and relocated from commercial hives.
When bees and beekeeper suffer losses, the need
for bee removal services diminishes.
was below average for bee colony survival.
This was reflected in less bee removal for Florida
Bee Removal, Inc even though our Google listings
were promoted near the top of page 1 for most
Florida Bee Removal Adventures
have begun to diminish as an arctic cold front
sweeps across the United States.
Florida bee keepers will not feel the
effects of frigid weather as much as others.
This means that many migrant keepers of
bees will be wintering their hives here in central
and southern Florida.
Florida Bee Removal will continue to be
called upon for isolated bee and wasp issues for
which we are happy to respond to.
Bee colonies need ample honey
stores in order to overcome the cold of winter.
Bees radiate heat when they consume sufficient
honey. This radiant flow keeps their brood ( baby
bees ) warm as well as themselves. Bee keepers
often supply their colonies with sugar syrup when
honey supplies are low. Bees will freeze to death
when they run out of fuel.
bee removal activities slow down, an occasional
adventurous opportunity may present itself. I
recall such an event in the winter of 2011. U.S.
Sugar Corporation employed “The Bee Sting
Operation” to remove 20 bee hives from several
farm structures. The location was approx. 30
miles south of Clewiston, their headquarters. The
Bee team cut and exposed the bee colonies while
extracting a 55 gallon container of honey along
with about 100 pounds of honeybees.
On our way back north to Clewiston, we were
surrounded by thousands of
acres of sugar cane ripened beneath the
Florida sun. Overhead, a pair of eagles
soared and an osprey flew across a waterway
,sporting a fish in its talons. The team members
were inspired by the wild beauty of
this place as we celebrated our bee
adventure with a deep sense of accomplishment.
MILLS - BEEKEEPER BS SCIENCE ED (Biology)
past winter season (2018) marks our 56th year of
honeybee culture. During these years,
thousands of bee colonies have been relocated from
trees, within structures, from containers, and a
myriad of other habitats. Our years of
association with bees and their keepers, have
provided a deep appreciation for the benefits that
honeybees deliver to us and our environment.
Florida, as January's cool wind meets the fiery
sunrise, the hardy maples offer an early feast of
rich pollen and nectar. February 2018 went
on record as one fo the mildest in history.
Bees relished the abundance of fragrant Florida
willows and oak pollen. As
a result, bee colony strength showed great
improvement from the previous year. March
presented with windy days of cooler
temperatures. However, there were periods of
warmth which contributed to nectar and pollen
is the season that is best suited for relocating
commercial beehives. Beekeepers move
thousands of hives to citrus groves, blueberry
fields, and various other crops.
Citizens calls for bee removal services aree
usually down during this time frame. In view of
positive honeybee buildup, feral bee swarms can be
expected to appear extensively during the summer
and fall. When feral swarms appear, Florida
Bee Removal is prepared to respond quickly for
removal and relocation is a professional craft;
learned by years of hands-on experience. The
ideal practicioner has training in how to
recognize structural voids, bee and wasp
identification, the proper use of bee control
methods, and a superior ability to interact with
Bee Removal (Apian Services) has over 50 years of
honeybee management experience. Our owner
first began relicating bee swarms at age 17 (1962)
- see history of bee removal on our website.
Our technicians receive on-going instruction on
best practices fro bee and wasp control.
Wasps are usually exposed but bees generally
prefer voids in trees, structures, and
containers. In many situations, honeybees
can be safely relocated to farms. Eradication is permitted when unwanted races of
bees are encountered. Live bee removal is
allowed and preferred by Florida Bee Removal.
Services is available 24/7. Our office staff
is courteous and knowledgable on bee and other
stinging insect issues. Feel free to call us
for a consultation or bee removal service
anytime. We are a family business offering
career opportunities to any wishing to make bee
removal and relocation their life's pursuit.
are in the process of training our youngest
grandson, Luca. We are working fervently to
ave Luca prepared to handle your bee issues by
2036. In the meanwhile, call our current
team of bee professionals for all of your bee
& Stinging Insect Removal
cities surrounding Tampa Bay have a large
population of bees, yellowjackets, and
wasps. These stinging insects are valuable
to our ecosysytem. Problems exists when they
invade human habitations and their property.
Each bee and wasp project calls for a custom
evaluation and remedy. However, removal and
relocation is the most desirable method of
(wasps) construct paper nests, most often along
the eaves of buildings and in shrubbery.
However one particular species, polistes
annularis, prefers the shade of tree branches
overhanging Florida rivers and streams. In
the summer of 2002, our bee specialists took a
trip down the Rainbow River in search of these
wasps. Soon after launching from K.P. Hole,
hundreds of wasp nests were sighted. Us, bee
and wasp removers, we were considering harvesting
some of these specimens for use in anti venom
therapy. Since we had not bought our removal
and relocation equipment, harvesting was delayed
for a future adventure. It appears likely,
that a river traveler would encounter stings from
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-CERTIFIED PEST CONTROL
*The State of Florida
recommends that all bee colonies not managed by
beekeepers nesting in close proximity to areas
frequented by people or domestic animals be
eradicated by a licensed and insured Pest Control
Operator or removed by a registered beekeeper for
purposes of public safety. It can not be
stressed enough that bee removal should only be
performed by a licensed and insured professional
bee removal company, as death or serious injury
could result to bystanders or the person
attempting the bee removal. In addition to
bee removal and relocation, we perform yellow
jacket removal. Yellow jackets are very
defensive. Did you know the yellow jacket
stinger is about twice as long as a honey bee
Pepper plants (Florida Holly)
Bee Removal, inc
USF SCIENCE EDUCATION
Keepers locate thousands of bee hives in
close proximity to this introduced
invasive plant. From mid August through
September, the plants produce tons of
lemon-colored nectar. The honey is
excellent as a bakery ingredient. However,
the pure honey has a distinct bitter
aftertaste. Bee colonies prosper by
storing surpluses up to
. Attempts at eradication or removal of
this plant has been unsuccessful.
Oh well; the bee and wasp
population benefits from the nectar and
birds love the red fruit. Bee swarms and
bee scouts are abundant due to the large
number of reproductive bee colonies.
Removal of the bee hives occurs in
November after the nectar flow has ceased.
Wild bee issues slow after the removal of
the managed bee hives.
Removal entails a blending of apian and
construction skills, learned primarily by hands-on
experience. A bee removal specialist has to know
how to expose bee colonies within a structure, a
tree, or container. In addition, recognition of
bee and wasps species, along with the
they pose, is essential in making a professional
decision as to how the bee or wasp issue should be
removal control and relocation is a relatively
young pursuit. In earlier times
( about 30 yrs. ago ), bee keepers were
called upon to capture bee swarms or do a trap-out
from a wall or tree. The service was usually free
since the bee keeper was happy to have a valuable
bee colony for honey and pollination.
recent years, the honey bee and bee keeper have
been plagued by unwanted races of bees(
Africanized-defensive bees ), bee mites, little
hive beetles, foulbrood, disappearing disease, and
increasing bee deaths due to the unscrupulous use
of pesticides. Due to the likely spread of bee
pests and bee pathogens, The Florida Department of
Agriculture has advised that
bee removal operators eradicate the wild
bee colonies ( those having no bee keeper ) to
which they come in contact.
Bee Removal, inc attempts to relocate wild bee
colonies, based upon how defensive the colony
behaves and how accessible the bees and honey
combs are. In dangerous situations, bee and wasp
removal may require eradication with a pesticide
labeled for use on bees, wasps, and other venomous
Bee Removal dba Apian Services is certified,
licensed, insured, and experienced in all phases
of bee and wasp management. Check out our
floridabeeremovalcredentials.com and then
call for a free bee removal proposal.
BEE WARE---BEE SWARMS ARE ON THE HORIZON
WESTERFELT FAMILY WAS HAVING A BACK-YARD
COOKOUT WHEN THE SKY SUDDENLY TURNED BLACK
WITH THOUSANDS OF SWARMING BEES. THE
INSECTS APPEARED INTERESTED IN A NEARBY
ORANGE TREE, ON WHICH THEY CLUSTERED. THE
MASS RESEMBLED A BASKETBALL. ALTHOUGH THIS
EVENT FRIGHTENED THE FAMILY, THE APIANS
DID NOT ATTEMPT TO ATACK ANYONE.
HONEY BEE SWARMS ARE, MOST OFTEN,
SPLITS FROM BEE HIVES IN AN ATTEMPT TO
INCREASE BEE HIVE NUMBERS. SINCE BEE HIVES
AND BEE KEEPERS HAVE INCREASED
LATELY, THE CHANCE OF WITNESSING A
BEE SWARM IS MORE LIKELY THAN PREVIOUS
YEARS (2014). BEE
SWARMING WILL COMMENCE, IN EARNEST, AROUND
MARCH FIRST AS ORANGE AND OTHER CITRUS
TREES BLOSSOM. CITIES WHICH MAY BE MOST
, WINTER HAVEN,
, SEBRING, AND OTHER
BEE REMOVAL CAN NORMALLY RELOCATE
BEE SWARMS TO A BEE KEEPER.
RAYMOND MILLS-BEE KEEPER BS USF
What type of bee do you have?
Identify your bee: Bumblebee,
Bee & Mining
These photos and descriptions of
different types of bees may help you better relay
your bee problem to a Florida Bee Removal
specialist. If you can't find what your
looking for there, feel free to call
Florida Bee Removal. We want your bee
honey bees –also called “killer bees”–are
established in many parts of Florida. Although the
killer reputation has been greatly exaggerated,
the presence of Africanized honey bees increases
the chances of people being stung. Learning about
the Africanized honey bee and taking certain
precautions can lower the risk of being injured by
this new insect in our environment. The
Africanized honey bee is closely related to the
European honey bee used in agriculture for crop
pollination and honey production. The
two types of bees look the same and their behavior
is similar in many respects. Neither is likely to
sting when gathering nectar and pollen from
flowers, but both will sting in defense if
provoked. A swarm of bees in flight or briefly at
rest seldom bothers people. However, all bees
become defensive when they settle, begin producing
wax comb and raising young.
are an infrequent uninvited inhabitant in and
arouns Florida homes and businesses. They
are classified as wasps (vespula) but differ in
several ways from bees: 1.
Yellowjackets are usually black and yellow-striped
with smooth bodies. Bees are hairy and
brown. 2. Wasps feed their brood on
masticated insects. Bees feed their larvae
on pollen, honey, and royal jelly. 3.
Yellow Jackets fashion paper nests. Their
nurseries consist of a series of combs separated
by pedicles (stem-like structures) with brood
facing downward. Bees secrete wax with
which they engineer their combs. The cells
have a hexagonal shape and slant slightly
upward. Combs face outward. There are
exceptions to most generalities. For
example: Bald faced hornets are black with
white markings. They are more closely
related to yellow jackets than hornets. Nest
construction and feeding habits are similar to
wasps. However, their nests are generally
aerial. Yellow Jackets can be found in most
regions of the world. They vary in size,
coloration, and habitat. However, they are
often discovered as in-ground colonies, in attics,
walls, wrapped up in old carpets, discarded
containers, and attached to palm trees-to name a
few possible habitats. Over the past 50 years, I have been called upon to remove hundreds of yellow jacket nests.
Some species have been observed to construct nests as large as the bed of a full-sized pickup truck. I removed an aerial colony in Lakeland that contained over 200 pounds of brood. It was attached at 10 feet in a Pineapple Palm, along the south shore of Scott Lake.
nests can be eradicated and removed at anytime of
the day using safe and successful methods,
appropriate for the situation. In our
formative years, a few vain attemptes were
encountered resulting in painful stinging
incidents. Our current procedures protect
the public and devices have been engineered to get
the bee or yellow jacket removal done quickly.
In overview wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and
bees are all closely related
(Order-Hymenoptera). They defend their nests
by injecting venom into their enemies. All
perform useful activities to earth's
environment. They pose a threat to humans and
their property when they inadvertedly locate in
close proximity. Florida Bee Removal - Apian
Services is here to assist civilization in the
safe removal of stinging insects.
now for all of your bee issues!
Honeybees will attach up to 200 pounds
of brood and honey to structures in
attics. The ports of entry must first be
determined:. Bees enter attics from the
outside of homes, sheds, and businesses.
A careful examination of concentrated
bee activity should be found and
evaluated. The most common entry points,
into attics, are: soffits, vents,
and decayed siding. . A determination
needs to then be made between an
exterior or ceiling / floor treatment
and removal. When the beehive is only in
a soffit or wall, exterior bee removal
can be a good option. Contrary to this;
if the bee colony extends deep along
attic rafters, atop the human living
spaces, a ceiling or floor bee
infestation resolution should prove
to be more efficacious. A plastic sheet
is recommended to catch the honeycombs
and bees. Ceiling and floor repairs need
to be effected by those trained and
licensed to make such repairs.
Simple eradication of the bees, without
nest removal, could result in leakage of
honey and a foul odor from decaying bees
and brood ( similar to ammonia ).
Florida Bee Removal is equipped to
perform complete bee and honeycomb
removal with minimal structural damage
Raymond Mills BS USF
SWARM VS BEE COLONY
THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF BEE
SWARMS: 1- REPRODUCTIVE; 2- ABSCONDIND; AND
REPRODUCTIVE BEE SWARM IS A NATURAL SPLIT
FROM A PARENT BEE HIVE. IT HAS THE PURPOSE OF
FORMING A NEW BEE COLONY WHILE LEAVING BEHIND
SUFFICIENT BEE NUMBERS TO REPLENISH THE PARENT
BEE COLONY. AN
ABSCONDING BEE SWARM
DESERTS THEIR BEE HIVE DUE TO UNTOWRD CONDITIONS
( LACK OF FOOD, FIRE, ETC ). BEE KEEPERS
MULTIPLY THEIR COLONY
NUMBERS ARTIFICIALLY BY DIVIDING UP THE
BEE HIVE COMBS ( BEE BABIES, HONEY, POLLEN )
INTO “ NUCLEUS BEE HIVES. EACH NEW DIVISION IS
SUPPLIED WITH AMPLE FOOD AND YOUNG, PRODUCTIVE
BEE KEEPERS DO NOT DEPEND UPON WILD BEE SWARMS
BEE SWARM THAT HAS JUST LANDED
BEE SWARM APPEARS AS A CLOUD OF INSECTS UNTIL IT
OR WITHIN AN OBJECT. ITS PURPOSE IS TO SPLIT
FROM A “PARENT BEE COLONY “ AND TO FORM A
NEW REPRODUCTIVE BEE UNIT.
MAY WEIGH UP TO 5 POUNDS ( 15,000 BEES )
ESTABLISHED BEE COLONY ON COMBS
A BEE SWARM GENERALLY CONSUMES HONEY FROM
THE PARENT BEE COLONY BEFORE SWARMING. THE BEE
HIVE IS FASHIONED FROM SECRETED WAX.
NECTAR, POLLEN , AND BEE BABIES ARE
PLACED INTO WAX CELLS.
COLONIES CAN WEIGH 200 OR MORE POUNDS
Did you know?
*Honeybees are not native
to the USA. They are European in origin, and were
brought to North America by the early settlers.
*Honeybees are not
aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless
protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly
*Certified pest control
operators are the only people according to Florida law
that are allowed to apply pesticides to honey bees for
bee removal, so if you are having a bee removal issue,
contact a PCO.
*Honeybees represent a
highly organized society, with various bees having very
specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses,
guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers,
royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc.
*The queen bee can live
for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during
the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter
*In Florida ,
"managed bee hives" are cultured by bee
keepers. They are required to be registered, inspected
by DACS, and to consist of gentle stock. Harming or
theft of managed bee hives could be a 3rd degree felony.
A wild bee hive is one that has no bee keeper and
can be eradicated, by an authorized entity, if deemed
*Unlike bees, yellow
jackets do not store surpluses of honey, produce wax,
nor secrete royal jelly. Instead, they feed their brood
with meat products masticated from other insects or
other animals. The Yellow jacket species are very
aggressive, and like bee removal, yellow jacket removal
should not be attempted by a novice. Call a
*Bee removal is a
necessity, as bee infestations can cause thousands of
dollars in damage to your home or business. After
the bee removal, a comb filled with larvae, pollen and
honey still remain. Without the bees to regulate
the temperature of the comb the wax capping can
melt and the honey could leak out resulting in ruined
drywall, wall covering, carpet, etc.
*Often confused with
bees, yellow jackets are much more aggressive, and most
reported "bee stings" may in fact be yellow
jacket stings. Yellow Jackets are easily provoked
and unlike bees, they will attack in force chasing the
perceived threat for large distances. The easiest
and safest option for bee removal and yellow jacket
removal is to hire Florida Bee Removal. If you're
determined to do it yourself, know that the likelihood
of getting stung is high. Compared
to the larger barbs in honey bees, yellow jackets have
lance like stingers with small barbs and are capable of
*Honey bees will often
form waxen nests attached to tree limbs and structures
(referred to as "exposed colonies").
Recently, a basketball-sized bee colony was discovered
hanging from a tree limb in Bradenton, Florida
the story and photos here with Tiffany Tompkins at
the Bradenton Herald). This bee relocation was
accomplished using a cardboard box and a laundry bag.
After the bee box reached the apiary (bee yard), it was
shaken into a wooden box of frames containing wax
foundation. Within a few days, it is hoped that the bee
colony will store lots of honey and become better suited
for managed bee manipulations.
male honey bee is known as a drone. His job is to chase
down a queen bee and inseminate her. The egg-bearing
queen can then lay either fertile or sterile brood. A
drone bee results from a non-fertile egg. Therefore, a
drone bee has grandparents and a mother but no father.
you see a large cluster of bees with no apparent bee
hive, don't spray them with insecticide. Chances
are these bees are gentle, as they have no babies or
home to defend. Let Florida Bee Removal perform a
live bee removal for you at a very low price. This
is the chance to remove the bees without killing them
before they build a bee hive on your property which they
will defend to the end!
because you have bees on your property does not
necessarily mean that the bees must be removed.
When you call Florida Bee Removal we may ask you
some questions and advise you a bee removal visit is not
Because some bee swarms will simply move on and
leave you and your family alone.
is not necessary to disturb the hive itself to initiate
an Africanized Bee attack. In fact, Africanized bees
have been known to respond viciously to mundane
occurrences, including noises or even vibrations from
vehicles, equipment and pedestrians. Keep your
children and pets away from the bee hive or swarm if its
on your property.
bees are less discriminating in their choice of nests
than native bees, utilizing a variety of natural and
man-made objects, including hollow trees, walls,
porches, sheds, attics, utility boxes, garbage
containers and abandoned vehicles. They also tend to
swarm more often than other honey bees.
Africanized bees are disturbed, the colonies remain
agitated for 24 hours, and can attack people and animals
within a range of a quarter mile from the bee
hive. Although their venom is no more potent,
Africanized bees attack in far greater numbers than
Florida, the number of registered beekeepers has
grown significantly. This is believed to be
attributed to a 2012 State law that took away the
power of local municipalities to decide whether
bees could be kept in residential areas.
This will ultimately lead to more calls for bee
removal services, as urban area beekeeping
activities increase so will the bee swarms which
is a natural means of reproduction of honeybee
bees often enter European colonies to mingle and mate
with them. Such mating results in more hybrid bees
having African genes and tendencies dominating over
European ones. An entire colony may suddenly take on
aggressive and short-tempered behavior thus prompting
your call for bee removal.
reason a bee swarm looks like a clump of bees, is
because all of the workers are gathered around the
queen, hence forming a clump. They are
focused on finding a new nest, not on attacking.
swarm season in Florida typically goes from April
through August. When the bees swarm, half of the
bee colony splits off and is looking for a new home.
This is typically when you notice the bees and call
Florida Bee Removal for help!
*When wild bee swarms appear in an area, it is evidence that other bee hives are nearby; those maintained by beekeepers, as well as those established in trees and other voids. The swarms follow several steps: scout bees look for a suitable habitat, the swarm lands at the habitat, and then the colony enters.
exterminating a bee hive in a structure without removing
the hive will cause bees to re-colonize at that location
due to the honey and pheremones left attracting other
bees. Call Florida Bee Removal to make sure
the job is done right!
ancient Egyptians used honey as food and medicine. It
was also used in offerings and for embalming the dead.
Beeswax was used in magic rites, for preserving and also
spray the bees and simply patch their entrance means
there will be thousands of rotting bees inside your
wall. The honey will attract insects for years to come
with potentially devastating damage to your home’s
interior structure. Call Florida Bee Removal for a
bees behavior is thought to be aggressive by many,
however the africanized bee behavior is actually
defensive. They react to invasion of their
environment and defend themselves when necessary.
Attacks occur when people are too close to a nesting
colony of africanized honey bees. They do not sit around
and plot attacks on humans. Let Florida Bee
Removal take care of your bee issue before they colonize
on your property.
*In Florida, the number of registered beekeepers has
grown significantly. This is believed to be
attributed to a 2012 State law that took away the power
of local municipalities to decide whether bees could be
kept in residential areas. This will ultimately
lead to more calls for bee removal services, as urban
area beekeeping activities increase so will the bee
swarms which is a natural means of reproduction of
actually has medical benefits? Absolutely!
to read more.
a honey bee stings, it leaves the stinger as well as the
pheromone in its victims skin. Typically, honey
bees only sting when they feel the bee hive is
you know there are more than 300 types of honey in the
U.S.? The flavor of the honey differs based on the
nectar source visited by the bee.
The african honeybee sting is no worse than other bees,
but it is much more agressive with a tendency to send
much more attackers when a threat presents. Did
you know the africanized honeybee is less desirable as a
commercial honeybee? This is because they produce
less honey and have a habit of leaving the hive to
pursue a threat. None the less, Florida Bee Removal
attempts to perform live bee removal whenever possible.
Many people ask why bee removal companies use smoke
while removing bees. Smoke will cause bees to
become less defensive. When bees detect smoke
around them they instinctively ingest honey in the event
they have to move as a result of the fire. Much
like you or I after a big meal, the bees become less
aggressive, therefore making the bee removal process
much easier. This is especially effective during a
live bee removal and relocation.
Are yellow jackets bees?
Many customers call in daily with what
they have identified as a bee problem. This
couldn't bee farther from the truth! We soon find
out they have actually got a yellow jacket problem.
Yellow jackets are mistakenly called bees because they
look very much the same when flying around your yard,
but they are really wasps. The yellow jackets'
closest relative is the hornet. Unlike the honey
bee, the yellow jacket does not have hair on its body
for carrying pollen like the bee does.
Dont dislike the yellow jacket
yet....did you know they are a natural form of pest
control? Yellow jackets actually feed on other
insects such as caterpillars and flies. Farmers
place yellow jacket nests near the food crops to be used
as biological control agents in corn, cotton and tobacco
years ago, high in a Himalayan Village, bee
to harvest honey from
the lofty hives of
, the world’s largest honey bee. While
hanging from a ladder, overlooking spectacular
views of swift flowing rivers and late spring
flora, a seasoned honey hunter
dislodges a huge honey comb into a wooden
basket . Below the cliff, a fire smolders and
spreads a cloud of smoke onto the bee hives above.
The bee colonies sense an impending fire and
remove themselves off the combs, as they gorge
themselves with a survival meal of their hard
earned honey. In the village, a sense of intense
jubilation takes place when the bee hunters return
with their sweet
hunter tradition continues to be passed down
through the ages. Some have fallen to their deaths
in this adventurous pursuit. Most, however,
experienced a satisfying sense of
accomplishment in the face of extreme peril.
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GREENING ( Huanglongbing---HLB
AND BEE POLLINATION IN FLORIDA
ANALYSIS BY: RAYMOND MILLS-BEE KEEPER
IS A BACTERIAL DISEASE, CARRIED BY A SMALL INSECT
( Asian Citrus Psyllid ) . IT CAUSES DEFORMED AND
UNPALATABLE FRUIT IN CITRUS TREES, A CHIEF SOURCE
OF NECTAR AND POLLEN FOR HONEY BEES. ONCE A TREE
HAS BEEN INFECTED, DEATH IS ASSURED WITHIN A FEW
YEARS. SINCE THIS DISEASE PRESENTS AN EMINENT
THREAT TO BOTH CITRUS AND ITS BEE VISITORS,
PESTICIDES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR CONTROL AND
TREATMENT OF HLB.
POLK AND HIGHLAND COUNTIES HAVE LONG BEEN
LEADING PRODUCTION REGIONS OF CITRUS WHERE BEE
KEEPERS HAVE TRADITIONALLY PLACED THOUSANDS OF BEE
PRODUCED TONS OF DELECTABLE ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY.
BEE HIVES ARE ALREADY PRESENT, IN LARGE NUMBERS,
ALONG THE HIGHLAND RIDGE, WHICH ORNATES SUCH
CITIES AS: LAKE ALFRED, HAINES CITY, DAVENPORT,
WINTER HAVEN, AND LAKE
LARGE GROVES, RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE ALSO IN THE
WAKE OF THIS THREAT TO CITRUS AND BEE POLINATORS.
THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES, BOTH TO SOIL
AND FOLIAGE, PRESENTS A DANGER TO BEE POLLINATORS
AND THE BEE HIVES TO WHICH THEY MAY TRANSPORT
TOXINS. TO LESSEN THE PROBABILITY OF BEE DEATHS,
PESTICIDES SHOULD NOT BE APPLIED JUST PRIOR TO OR
DURING BLOOMING. REMOVAL OF AFFECTED TREES AND
REMOVAL OF BEE HIVES, FROM HLB-INFECTED AREAS
SHOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED.
HLB IS A MORE SERIOUS THREAT THAN PREVIOUS
SUCH AS: CITRUS CANKER. WITH THIS NEW THREAT,
INCREASED HONEY BEE LOSSES CAN BEE ANTICIPATED
UNTIL A CONTROL CAN BE FOUND AND POSSIBLE REMOVAL
OF ITS SEVERE
GREENING—UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA—EFFECTS ON
is an interesting link talking about citrus
greening and pesticides and the effect on the
media story of honeybees being lost due to
pesticides in orange groves.
assume the bee hive will just pick up and leave on
their own. Here is a local
story of a bee hive in a tampa bay area
neighborhood that grew to 100 pounds and over
90,000 bees that had to be removed. At least the
bee hive was not in a house, the hive was located
in a tree.
is a startling reminder to hire a licensed and
insured bee removal company. In
this March 2015 news story in Tampa Bay, three
out of four dogs were killed by a bee swarm.
Just a few days later in New Port Richey located
in Pasco County on April 5, 2015 four
people were attacked by thousands of bees.
February 2017, a news
story about a swarm of bees washing up on the
beach. I have to say that doesn't happen
every day. Florida Bee Removal performs live
bee removal every chance we can, as we give them
to local bee keepers.
of bees killed a dog and 3 of its puppies.
A resident was stung by the bees just weeks
before. Had the resident called a bee
removal service early on, chances are the dogs
lives could have been spared. Once initially
disturbed, africanized bees stay agitated for
quite some time.
bee removal service had to respond to Miami, FL
for a swarm
of bees on an airplane wing.
Fortunately, airports quite frequently have to
deal with bee swarms and have a bee removal
service on retainer, as these types of incidents
you know the State of Florida changed laws in 2012
to allow backyard bee hives? This
article discusses the history of the law and
would explain a spike in bee swarms and more calls
to our office for bee removal. Additionally,
document further explains the law and provides
online beekeeping resources. Remember, we
all depend on honeybees to put food on our
table. Thats why Florida Bee Removal prefers
live relocation in lieu of extermination.
is a story of a bee swarm that formed
in a gentlemans car! As stated in the
media report, he did not utilize the services of a
bee removal service. Let's just say he was lucky
that he or someone else didn't get injured.
tampa bay area minor league baseball game was
interrupted by a swarm of bees that took over the
home dugout this month. The news
report provided some good pictures. A
bee removal service was called in to remove the
to bee removal, we are licensed to remove and
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