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Careful Bee Removal – Bee Hive – Honeycomb Cleanup

Bees Are Essential – Certain Bee Removal Requests are NOT Accepted

Bees have an indispensable role in nature that Hearts Pest Management respects. Honey bees are essential. We accept calls for bee removal only when they pose a serious threat to human health. We have set guidelines to avoid harming bees needlessly.

When should I NOT worry and NOT call?

If you are worried, we will be happy to answer your questions. But you don’t need to worry about bees if:

  • Bees are simply pollinating in a flower bed, ice plant or nearby tree.
  • Bees are over 40 ft high or 100 ft away from humans and pets at ground level.

These are our basic guidelines for saving bees, but each situation is unique.

Bees only get aggressive when defending a queen or hive.

Honey bee pollinating ice plant flower

Honey bee pollinating red apple ice plant

Where Bee Hives Are Found

Where do bees form hives? Most anywhere they feel safe and secure.

Bees form hives near sources of water and pollen.

Bees move into cracks in the hollow of a pillar.

Bees move into cracks in the hollow of a pillar.

Small holes or cracks in water meters attracts bees.

Small holes or cracks in irrigation boxes and water meters attracts bees.

Common Bee Hives Zones:

Areas for Exclusion – Stop Bee Entry!

  • attics – near vent holes
  • attics – accessible joints (by chimney)
  • chimney tops
  • A/C and bathroom vents
  • crawl spaces
  • under roof tiles
  • hollowed columns
  • open boxes
  • electrical and plumbing openings to voids

Bees enter a structure via a crack under an eave.

Honey bees can enter a structure through small cracks under the eaves.

Bee hive in an attic wall. Hearts will remove the hive and clean-up the honeycomb.

Bee hive in an attic wall. Hearts will remove the hive and clean-up the honeycomb.

Outside the Home – Common Bee Hive Zones:

These are all elements in the landscape that may need some re-thinking to avoid attracting bees.

  • garbage cans… especially those with moisture
  • under sheds
  • bird houses
  • owl houses
  • irrigation boxes
  • low lying shrubs
  • and the obvious – trees and tree hollows

Bee Hive

In this photo, a bee colony nested under the shed floor.

Honeycomb inside of a shed. The white is newer honeycomb.

Here, the bees nested inside of the shed. The white is newer honeycomb.

Africianized Honey Bees (AHB)

Approximately one-hundred people die from bee stings each year. The threat of Africanized honey bees (Killer bees or AHB) is over-hyped.

We believe that rather than the AHBs turning the vast majority of non-aggressive bees into aggressive killer bees, the opposite is true.

Although more bee colonies may have some AHB DNA, our perception is that the AHB threat is weakening. With time there should be fewer pure AHB and aggressive bee colonies.

Africanized honey bee (left) and Europeon bee (right)

Africanized honey bee (left) and Europeon bee (right)

That being said, the threat is real. If you notice aggressive bees, you must assume they are Africanized and dangerous. Your first action should be to back off and call a pest control professional who has the proper safety gear to handle the situation.

Foolish Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Bee Work

Quick solutions can lead to increased danger to family members and pets. DIY solutions and half-baked plans can cause substantial structural damage, discoloration and mold. More importantly, they can lead to serious injury and death.

Bee Removal – Honeycomb Clean-out and Bee Exclusion to Stop Entry – A Complete Solution

Bee hives contain honey that must be removed after the bees are eliminated. Otherwise the honey will drip, rot and attract secondary pests, such as rats. Looking for bee removal – find a bee removal service like Hearts Pest Management to scope and solve the whole problem – safely!

After bee and honeycomb removal, we will secure the entry from re-infestation of bees.

  • Bee eradication by professional bee exterminators.
  • Careful area prep-work to keep your home or business clean.
  • Honeycomb removal and deodorizer to drastically reduce bee pheromone and attractiveness of the area to bees and other pests, such as ants and rats. If left in your walls, the honeycomb will generate intense odors and may cause damage to walls and ceiling.
  • Bee exclusion to eliminate wall, eave, attic and roof access points.
  • Minor repairs.

The prior bee exterminator, who killed the bees in the wall of this home, either neglected to follow the standard recommendations of the Pest Control Operators of California to remove the honeycomb, or the homeowner ignored sound advice.

A large bee colony had been present above a second floor window of this home. Once the bees were eradicated, the temperature of the honeycomb could not be maintained. The honey comb melted and honey oozed down the wall, creating a odorous mold extending to the base of the building. Don’t let this happen to you!

If left in your walls, honeycomb may create intense odors and may cause damage to walls and ceiling.

If left in your walls, honeycomb may create intense odors and may cause damage to walls and ceiling.

Mold is growing on honey leaking through wall after bee removal. Always remove the honeycomb and thoroughly clean the residue.

Mold is growing on honey leaking through wall after bee removal. Always remove the honeycomb and thoroughly clean the residue.

Preventative Measures – Delaying Bee Removal When It’s Needed

Problems with bees only get worse as the hive grows.

A few tips to help prevent extensive structural damage from bees:

  • Take periodic strolls around your property, observing sub-areas, eaves, and roof lines.
  • Look ahead, around and down. Never walk in the path of bees.
  • Pay particular attention to areas infrequently utilized and away from heavy human traffic, such as this shed.

Carpenter Bees

You might want to check out this page if you think you might have Carpenter Bees. The characteristics and potential harm from carpenters bees is very different – much more so a structural risk than a risk of stings.


Drawing of paper wasp

Social wasps of the family Vespidae includes paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets. These wasps quickly become pests during spring and summer. For more information on wasps and types of wasps, please visit our wasp page: Wasps

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