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Professional bee exterminators combine training and experience to supply homeowners with a range of options when bees or wasps invade the yard or - worse yet - move into the home. Because of their painful stings, bees and wasps may be more feared than any other type of pest insect. Some species are more aggressive than others, delivering their stings to defend the nest, food sources, and to ward off any other potential threat.

Though often lumped together because of their stingers, bees and wasps are very different insects with different living habits. The type that has invaded your space can make a big difference in the control measures an exterminator will use.

  • Extermination
  • Nest removal and destruction
  • Hive relocation

Bee exterminators will usually want to inspect the property before deciding on the best course of action. A professional can identify the type of bee or wasp, locate the hive, and even find any cracks that are allowing the bees to find their way inside your home.

If extermination is necessary, bee exterminators most frequently use a powerful liquid insecticide that can be projected several feet into the air. This allows the exterminator to effectively treat a nest without getting near it, which can be especially important if dealing with aggressive wasp species or the Africanized honey bee.

A homeowner attempting to destroy a bee or wasp hive independently is usually not well advised since homeowners don't normally have the protective equipment that bee exterminators use. A professional exterminator will wear clothing that protects from bee stings from head to toe. Even though the insecticides can be used from a distance, safety precautions make the exterminator wear a large hat, net over the face, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants.

To ensure the maximum protection from stings, bee exterminators wait until bees and wasps become less active around sunset. The doorway into the nest will be sprayed well with the insecticide, which is able to penetrate into the nest and contact most of the bees inside. Any surviving bees would have to cross the treated area to escape the nest and are, therefore, exterminated as well. By the nest morning, the entire hive should have been killed.

Bee Exterminators Destroy Nests

Some wasp species, like hornets and yellow jackets, can build huge nests that hang from trees or the rafters of abandoned buildings. When a nest of this size is located near a home, it presents a dangerous situation for the family. Besides treating the nest with insecticide, bee exterminators will usually remove and destroy the nest entirely.

Nests that are allowed to remain may invite another bee or wasp hive to take up residence. Barring that, another undesirable insect species is likely to move in, leading to a new problem.

The exterminator must ensure that all wasps inside such a nest are dead before attempting to remove it. In some cases, the pest control professional may return several days later to destroy the nest.

Can Bee Exterminators Relocate Honey Bee Hives?

The declining population of honey bees is a concern for environmentalists and farmers alike since honey bees provide about one-third of the crop pollination in the United States. Whenever possible, it's a good idea to have wild honey bee hives relocated to a controlled beekeeping farm instead of having the bees exterminated.

Not all bee exterminators provide this service, however. Some may suggest that it's easier to simply exterminate the bees, which may very well be true if a hive has built a nest inside a wall void.

Even if you have difficulty finding an exterminator to relocate a hive, it may be worthwhile the seek the opinion and advice of a local beekeeper. Many bee exterminators will be able to provide you with the contact information of a beekeeper in your area.

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