Bee Relocation Services
Bees play a critical role in the ecosystem but also pose a threat to human beings. Humane bee relocation services preserve the life and important ecological role that these tiny insects play in the environment while taking into account the safety of the human population.
How Does Bee Removal And Relocation Work?
Bee relocation starts by tranquilizing the bees by using a gas which reduces the amount of oxygen that the bees absorb making them sleepy. In the past, smoke was used to produce this effect. The gas, smoke and lack of oxygen does not harm or kill the bees. It only stuns them for a short period to reduce the risk of swarming and stinging which they will do to protect their hive and queen.
The entire hive or comb will then be removed and relocated along with the sleepy bees to a more desirable location. Bee relocation specialists will either keep the bees to add to their own collective in order to produce honey and beeswax for commercial purposes. Alternatively, they will sell the bees for agricultural purposes where they will be used to pollinate crops.
When Is Bee Relocation A Viable Option?
Humane bee removal and relocation is not always a suitable option. A beekeeper or bee removal specialist will assess the risk and complications involved with using humane relocation methods. Should the risk be too high or the removal process to complicated, other methods may be employed to eliminate the bees rather than to remove and relocate them.
The bee removal specialist will take into consideration the following factors when deciding whether relocation is a safe option:
– The location of the swarm, comb or hive. If the hive is locate inside a structure (such as inside the walls of a home or other building), humane bee removal is often not an option.
– The size of the swarm, comb or hive. The greater the amount of bees, the greater the threat that they pose.
– The species of bees. Some species, like Africanized Honeybees are more aggressive than other bees and are therefore more likely to attack. This presents a greater risk making relocation an unsafe option.
– The environment. If the bees present a risk to the general public or are located in urban areas, removal and relocation can present a greater risk than elimination.
The beekeeper will always weigh up the risks relative to the benefits of providing a relocation service rather that eliminating the bees. If possible, the bees will be saved.
Other Bee Removal Options
Bee elimination involves the use of pesticides or toxic chemical to permanently eliminate the bees. This is a highly effective method but is not humane and is also harmful to the environment as well as humans, pets and other wildlife or insects.
Bee relocation is far safer for everyone (including the bees) involved if the removal and the relocation process is conducted professionally by a bee removal specialist. It is not recommended to attempt to remove and/or relocate bees without the expertise and skills of an experienced beekeeper or bee removal specialist.