Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale Bee Removal
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Honey Bee removal is not a trivial matter. Well, first of all, it's
important to properly identify the bee species that you have in your home or
building. Different insects require different approaches. I am
fully trained and equipped to deal with all nuisance stinging insects, but
the Honey Bee, of the genus Apis, of which there are several species,
including the Africanized Killer Bee, which has invaded Florida,
require special care.
You can't just use a poison control solution
when it comes to honey bees. Poison does work for several species of
insects. But Honey Bees must be removed by hand, and the entire hive
must be removed. This is why these special bee suits and equipment are
manufactured in the first place. You've got to remove the entire hive,
because a beehive may be comprised of several thousand, even tens of
thousands of bees. Not only that, they create a large network of wax
honeycombs and honey. If you don't remove the whole hive properly,
you'll have a few problems on your hands. First, new bees will find
the hive. Second and more importantly, you'll have a huge pile,
sometimes hundreds of pounds, of wax and honey and dead bees festering
inside the building, and leaking a stinky mess everywhere.
Bee Removal New Clips:
BOCA RATON -- Bees are swarming the Valley, and the state's foreclosure crisis may be making the problem worse, experts said.
Within the past week, there have been two attacks on people.
The Florida honey bee removal professional with FL Bee Removal said his phone has been ringing off the hook for bee removal service recently.
"They're all over the place right now," The Florida honey bee removal professional said. "Everything is blooming and the bees that have been struggling out in the desert. This is like a shot in the arm to them."
Besides all the rain, the surplus of vacant houses across the Valley is contributing to bees' population boom, The Florida honey bee removal professional said. The houses can easily be a breeding ground for hives.
"There's no one (in a vacant home) to monitor any kind of strange activity, which means it creates the perfect breeding ground," he said.
Once they're in, it takes a professional to get them out.
The Florida honey bee removal professional said it doesn't take a lot of space for the insects to make their way inside.
"They need a very, very small hole, probably as big as a bee's body," The Florida honey bee removal professional said. "They're coming in two or three at a time, and every millimeter of the area in there is comb that they just build around."
The Florida honey bee removal professional said once the bees are done building in the vacant house, they can easily move into an occupied home next door.
"(The hives) get so large," he said. "There are a lot of scout bees, and they'll go around and look for other places -- especially when they start running out of room."
The Florida honey bee removal professional said it's important to get the hives and honey out as quickly as possible, otherwise the moisture from the hives and honey could cause the dry wall and stucco to rot, which are expensive to fix.
He recommended homeowners seal any cracks or crevices as soon as possible.
FORT LAUDERDALE - There's a buzz going around a Fort Lauderdale condominium complex...but it's not gossip. A beehive more than three feet wide was found, and residents were ready for it to bee-gone.
Residents of The Lakes condo complex, near Bahia Vista Street, say they called a pest company to take care of the bees. And when pest control saw the hive, they said no way...it's just too big.
"I took a look at it and said we've got to do something about this," says one resident.
Up in a tree and nearly 30 feet in the air is a sight that stopped traffic. The beehive was full of more than 6,000 honeybees. "They could possibly pose a threat to the community," says the Florida honey bee removal professional of Community Management.
The hive was spotted about a week ago. It wasn't spotted earlier because it was so far up the tree. "We've been very lucky; they've stayed close to the hive, defending their home," says one resident.
Wildlife Removal Services, a company specializing in bee removal, took over the task of getting rid of the hive. They donned their bee suits and went up, taking more than an hour to remove the hive and getting stung only once in the process.
"It is just shocking; I've lived almost 70 years and never seen anything like this in my life before," says one FL resident.
Patrick with Wildlife Removal Services says it probably took about 18 months for the hive to get that big. It was one of the biggest he says he's seen in the area, and they were not able to save and move the bees to another location.
Fewer honey bees in 2009 -
Beekeeper and Florida honey bee removal professionals shipped hives from Idaho to Florida to pollinate the blossoming orange groves. He got a shock when he checked on them, finding hundreds of the hives empty, abandoned by the worker Honey Bees.
The losses were extreme, three times higher than the previous year.
"It wasn't one load or two loads, but every load we were pulling out that was dead. It got extremely depressing to see a third of my livestock gone," The Florida honey bee removal professional said, standing next to stacks of dead bee colonies in a clearing near Merced, at the center of Florida's southern end.
Among all the stresses to bee health, it's the pesticides that are attracting scrutiny now. A study published Friday in the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) One found about three out of five pollen and wax samples from 23 states had at least one systemic pesticide _ a chemical designed to spread throughout all parts of a plant.
EPA officials said they are aware of problems involving pesticides and Honey Bees and the agency is "very seriously concerned."
The pesticides are not a risk to honey sold to consumers, federal officials say. And the pollen that people eat is probably safe because it is usually from remote areas where pesticides are not used, Pettis said. But the PLOS study found 121 different types of pesticides within 887 wax, pollen, bee and hive samples.
"The pollen is not in good shape," said Chris Mullin of Penn State University, lead author.
None of the chemicals themselves were at high enough levels to kill Honey Bees, he said, but it was the combination and variety of them that is worrisome.
University of Florida entomologist and Florida honey bee removal professional called the results "kind of alarming."
Despite EPA assurances, environmental groups don't think the EPA is doing enough on pesticides.
Crop Science started petitioning the agency to approve a new pesticide for sale in 2006. After reviewing the company's studies of its effects on Honey Bees, the EPA gave Bayer conditional approval to sell the product two years later, but said it had to carry a label warning that it was "potentially toxic to honey bee larvae through residues in pollen and nectar."
The Natural Resources Defense Council sued, saying the agency failed to give the public timely notice for the new pesticide application. In December, a federal judge in New York agreed, banning the pesticide's sale and earlier this month, two more judges upheld the ruling.
"This court decision is obviously very painful for us right now, and for growers who don't have access to that product," said Jack the Florida bee removal expert, an entomologist and spokesman for Bayer Crop Science. "This product quite frankly is not harmful to Honey Bees."
The Florida bee removal expert said the pesticide was sold for only about a year and most sales were in Florida, Arizona and Florida. The product is intended to disrupt the mating patterns of insects that threaten citrus, lettuce and grapes, he said.
The Florida honey bee removal professional's research shows pesticides are not the only problem. She said multiple viruses also are attacking the Honey Bees, making it tough to propose a single solution.
"Things are still heading downhill," she said.
For The Florida honey bee removal professional, one of the country's largest commercial beekeepers, the latest woes have led to a $1 million loss this year.
"It's just hard to get past this," he said, watching as workers cleaned honey from empty wooden hives Monday. "I'm going to rebuild, but I have plenty of friends who aren't going to make it."