Our prices are competitive with exterminators, but we do not kill any bees. Our customers are generally very caring people. They go out of their way to find someone who will not harm the bees, and we appreciate that!
Though a lot more goes into a bee removal versus an extermination, there are many reasons why having the bees and combs removed is the better choice.
Leaving combs in your home after an exterminator leaves can lead to major problems. Pesticides do not last forever and are harsh on your family and pets. Bees can sense the presence of honey or pollen from miles away. Leaving pesticide-ridden combs in your wall can devastate surrounding colonies when they come to rob out any leftovers, and once the pesticides wear off (6 months to 1 year) swarms may decide it's a good place to set up shop in the future. When the Summer heat kicks in, and with no live bees to cool the honeycombs, it will melt and can ruin your sheetrock and more. Honey and larvae attract other scavengers like roaches and rodents as well. It should instead be properly removed by a professional.
All bee removals are different in ways, but they share many similarities. Buda Bee Wrangler's most popular service is called a 'cut-out', where we come out and remove bees from your soffit, subflooring, wall, or anywhere they may be.
The first thing we do is talk with the homeowner, and get an idea of where the bees are coming from and what their behavior is like.
A bee removal is generally an unexpected expense, and never something someone necessarily loves having done. Most of the time, it requires us to cut enough of a hole for us to reach the bees and their combs. Removing all of the combs is crucial. If some comb is left, bees likely will return in the future.
After removing the combs, we will scrape and scrub the connective wax, trying to remove any leftover scent. Once that is complete, we cover the hole with a temporary patch.
It is a rare case that robber bees don't come around to try and scavenge anything they can. Robbers are bees from a nearby colony, and can be a good and bad thing. The good thing is that they come clean up every bit of honey or pollen that they can get their paws on. The bad side of it is that they generally worry the home owner. Robbers are generally frantic, and move around wildly. They are super happy to be getting a free meal, and desperate to do their job. In the case of robber bees being present, we generally suggest not patching the hole until they are done with their work, otherwise we are trapping a lot of bees in your wall.
It generally takes anywhere from 2-14 days for all of the bees to leave. In the rare case that 14 days goes by and there are still bees present, we ask that the home owner calls us back to have us come remove them. Our cut-out service comes with a 1-year guarantee, and we stand behind our work. We are very confident in our removals, and we cut no corners. We have had to clean up other bee removers' mess on occasion. You must take time with it, and do it right to succeed.
A typical removal takes 2-4 hours to complete, though in some situations it can take much more time. We stay until the job is done. We ask that you set time aside for the removal.
During the hot Summer months, we may ask to schedule the removal early, normally 7-8 am. If this is inconvenient, we can do removals at any time, and have done a few removals late at night.
Many like to watch us do the removal, and some like to record us and even put the video on websites like YouTube. This is not a problem for us, but we may ask that you get out of harm's way. If you can get in a vehicle or behind a window, it may be best. When dealing with aggressive bees, they may be unpredictable. Even a colony that has otherwise been mellow may change their attitude when we start removing them. We have had people get stung from over 100 yards away. This is a very rare, but possible scenario! If the bees are not aggressive, it shouldn't be a problem, but watch at your own risk. We have had people literally pull up lawn chairs to watch. One time, we had about 20-30 people watching us at a condo complex. We basically made a show out of it.
If you are very close to your neighbors, it may be best that you notify them about the day of the removal. If they are worried, you can ask them to give us a call, and we will help put them at ease. The bees will be focused on stinging us, but on occasion they may go after people or pets. This is the case with Africanized/killer bees.
We are not interested in any honey that is in your home or business. We will generally assume nobody wants the honey and we will throw it away or feed it to the bees at the apiary. Honey in someone's home can be tainted with all types of things, and it can be a liability. We do not mess with it. If the homeowner wants the honey and knows it is not tainted, they may be in for a treat! We have on a couple of occasions saved 50 lbs + of honey for the homeowner/business owner.
Before we leave a removal, we will brief the homeowner/business owner of ways they can bee-proof their location, and answer any questions they may have. When we leave, we relocate the bees to Heart Of Gold Apriary in Bastrop, Texas. From there, we try to entice them to stick around with a gallon of syrup made from water and sugar. We also give them pollen patties, which may not be necessary since the apiary is full of tons of flowers. We care for the bees and watch for varroa mites and small hive beetles. We provide water and maintain the area. We used to have a problem with wild hogs messing with the hives until we brought some really mean killer bees out. Now we never see any hog tracks! The killer/Africanized bees really guard the area well, and the who stick around love it out there. Over time, the killers even recognize us and don't try to kill us once they realize we're there to help.