When moving a beehive from the main things that should be taken into consideration are reducing stress on the bees and protecting yourself. A bee colony typically contains anywhere from 8,000 to 60,000 bees while the hives typically contain anywhere from 9 kilograms up to 36 kilograms of honeycomb, which can make beehive removal sounds like a frightening prospect. To avoid a disastrous outcome, follow these simple steps on how to relocate a beehive.
Step 1 – Be 100% sure that you are not allergic to bees.
Step 2 – Locate the beehive, which sounds simple, right? Wrong! Often beehives are located in out of the way places like ceilings, chimneys or even inside walls. Other places to check include; bird houses, pots, trash cans, sheds, old cars, etc, basically any open structure where bees can get in. Please remember to always exercise extreme caution.
Step 2 – Ensure that you either have an artificial hive set up or a safe location for relocation (preferably a high tree branch away from humans), and all the necessary protective equipment including – veil, suit, gloves, boots, bee smoker, etc. Note that professionals generally wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing as bees can be aggravated by dark-colors and rough clothing. Also, don’t wear any perfume, cologne, after-shave, or scented deodorant otherwise the bees may confuse your scent with the scent of flowers.
Step 3 – A bee smoker can help calm bees and make them less likely to sting.
Step 4 – Bee Removal – depends on where you actually find the bees but generally the beehive must be exposed by removing any obstructions and exposing the honeycombs and brood combs which can be gently cut out; all of the live bees and combs are then taken away. This really should only be done by a professional familiar with bees. Do Not seal the bees in as this may only force the bees to locate a new exit, possibly on the inside of the building.
Step 5 – Remove attracting odours. Assume you have just had bees removed from your property, the honeycomb scent will last an indefinite period of time, which will attract new bee colonies, creating a recurring problem. Any remaining pieces of the former bee hive must bee removed or covered and the smell muffled.
If you feel that you need help with this daunting task, please call an experienced Pest Controller, for both yours and the bees’ safety.
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