Honey Bee Services

Honey Bee Removal Serives

Yerkes Honey Farms honey bee removal services include removal of swarms as well as feral hives located in buildings. We have a general contractor on staff who will ensure any building modifications required to fully remove the hive, bees, and honey will be repaired. This work is included in the price. 

FAQs

Q. How do I know these are honey bees?
   A. Contact us at 610-505-3341. We will ask you to take a picture or videos of the bees and text them to determine if you need our services or an exterminator. The end of summer brings many phone calls which turn out to be yellow jackets.


Q. Bees suddenly appeared on my house/on a nearby tree. They don’t appear to be going in or out any part of my house. What are they doing?
   A. There’s a chance these bees are a swarm. A swarm occurs when a hive, whether feral or from an apiary, outgrows its home. The queen bee will instruct her workers to “create” another queen. She will then instruct half of her other workers they will be relocating. A variety of preparations are made, scout bees evaluate a variety of locations for a new home, and report back to the queen and workers. They pack up and leave. When they arrive at your house, they are either in transit or have determined your house will make a good home. This is a perfect time for a removal specialist to capture the bees. This type of removal is free of charge as the bees have not started infiltrating your house and building comb.


Q. Bees have been flying around the soffit of my house. I see them going in and out. What are they doing?
   A. This type of situation typically means they have already moved in and are making a home. 


Q. Can I spray the bees that have moved into my house with bee/wasp spray?
   A. There’s a huge decline in honey bees and killing them doesn’t rid you of the problem. You may have killed the bees or deterred them from continuing in your house but, the comb and honey is still in your house. This is an open invitation for other invasive creatures, such as raccoons, squirrels, and any other living creature who smells the honey.


Q. You’ve come out and confirmed honey bees are in my house. You’ve given me a price I was not expecting. What is included in this price?
   A. Yerkes Honey Farms employs a general contractor with over 20 years experience in house repair/building. Accessing the location of the hive sometimes requires removal of soffit pieces, roof shingles, siding, interior walls, etc. Removal includes cutting out the comb, preparing the surface to prevent future comb building, and repair of the area. Please keep in mind a lift might be required as most honey bees like to build into a higher area of the house. But, our work isn’t done once we leave your house. Honey bees make sticky honey which is typically covering most of our tools. A honey beehive removal can take 6-12 hours, depending on the location and size of the hive.


Q. What do you do with everything you remove from the cutout?
   A. We keep the honey and comb from hive removals to feed the bees when building their new home. The bees and larvae need this to survive. The beeswax must be melted down, strained and re-filtered before molded.  People utilize pure beeswax for a number of different uses. Checkout the site for pure beeswax candles or even pure beeswax in bulk. Make your own lip balm, melt your own candles or add to cosmetics. It is a long and tedious process that continues on long after your job has been completed but it is about saving the bees making it all worth it.