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Bee Removal

If you think you need a honey bee removal, check out >this page< or >this page<  to confirm that you have honey bees. If it looks like the photo above (a clump that is hanging from a tree branch), contact us (call or text a photo to 515-480-0694) and we’ll try to find someone who can get the honey bees.

easton 5 9 14 (8)
golden brown, not black and yellow, about 1/2″ long

MAKE SURE THEY ARE HONEY BEES AND LOOK LIKE THIS:

  • If the ‘bee’ has yellow legs and/or yellow face, it is not a honey bee.
  • If the ‘bee’ has no hair/fuzz, it is not a honey bee.
  • If the ‘bee’ has a thread-like waist, it is not a honey bee.
  • If it is black and bright yellow, it is not a honey bee.
  • If they are flying in and out of a hole in the ground or a railroad tie, they are not honey bees.

If you see a structure like either of these, you have wasps:

Lefthand photo by Downtowngal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons. Righthand photo with permission of B. Buckley.
Lefthand photo by Downtowngal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons. Righthand photo with permission of B. Buckley.
Once you know they are honey bees, if you have any of the following, use the contact form  (here) for a removal assessment.

  • Honey bee swarm.  A random clump of bees hanging from an elevated surface, not feeding on flowers — Call ASAP as swarms usually leave after a couple hours
  • Established colony in a tree or structure
  • Downed tree with an established colony