Swarm removal vs. bee cut out and removal
I get tagged in a lot of social media posts for bee and swarm removals. Here comes the problem. There are way too many people without true knowledge & experience with bees commenting the following, "It is just a swarm. They will move on. Leave them alone, they are just looking for a home"
So sort of true. A big ball of bees hanging on a tree limb, the side of a house, a fence, or whatever is likely a swarm, true. They are just looking for a home, true. They will move on, also true. Here is the problem, bees are going to move on and are looking for a home, a home just like yours. If you like your home, odds are the bees will to. Bees love to build hives in eaves, walls, pool houses, in between the flooring of a two story, in a an elevated deck, storage buildings, just about anything we also find comfortable out of the weather.
A swarm removal is a quick, non invasive job. I am in and out usually within an hour. Nothing I have to tear up. I don't have to open up walls, pull of any flooring, cut open the eave of a house, or cut into the structure of a storage building. A swarm removal does not involve any of that. It is therefore considerably cheaper to have a swarm removed.
Once the bees have moved into a structure, whatever that structure is, I have to open it up. This involves hammers, pry bars, a sawzall (reciprocating saw), cutting, and so on until I have the hive exposed along with enough area to work in. Then ad the time and labor to cut the hive out, remove the bees, place them into a new hive box (10 frame deep to keepers), clean up, but it does not stop there. These bees are now irritated. I mean, I have just torn up their home along with all of their hard work, food stores, nursery where the young are being reared, and changed up quite a bit for them.
After I have completed my part of the job, cutting open, tearing up, removing, relocating, and clean up, the home owner now has to wait a few days for the remaining bees to settle down and move on. Once that happens, the home owner now has to bring in a repairman, handyman, or contractor depending upon the severity of the cut out and removal. All of the above cost money.
All this to say, please stop posting on Facebook "it is just a swarm..." and feel free to share this link to help educate those posting such bad information for other homeowners.
I write this in hopes it spares at least one person all the grief of a future cut out and removal by just calling when you see the swarm for the first time.
For questions and more information, feel free to call me directly at 214-244-3871
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Enjoy the funny still image for the video cover. Pretty funny