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Bee Removal

If you think you need a honey bee removal, read below  to confirm that you have 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 IMAGE:

  • 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 probably not honey bees.

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

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 (RIP).
Once you know they are honey bees, if you have any of the following, use the contact form  (here) for a removal assessment or better yet, call or text a photo ASAP because swarms usually leave after a couple hours: Chad (515) 249-6306.

  • Honey bee swarm.  A random clump of bees hanging from an elevated surface, not feeding on flowers
  • Established colony in a structure or living tree
  • Downed tree with an established colony