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Honeybee Extraction and Removal

Greater Birmingham, Alabama

Honey bees on their comb inside the exposed wall of a house before being extracted by a bee control technician.

In a very real way, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to honeybees.

Honeybees are such tireless pollinators that the phrase "busy as a bee" is used to mean the very definition of hard work. Bees spend practically their entire days moving from flower to flower, collecting sweet nectar, and pollinating their seeds in the process.

Without the pollinating work that bees provide, both wild flowering plants and many agricultural crop yields would decline dramatically, and a few plant species wouldn't be able to reproduce at all. Clearly, bees deserve our respect and gratitude.

But natural bee populations are in decline, for reasons that are not fully understood. Some scientists blame viruses or other diseases, while others blame widespread use of certain pesticides. Whatever the reasons, however, bees are having a tough time of things right now. So in addition to our respect and gratitude, bees also need our help; and the biggest way we can help them is by not disturbing them unless we have no choice.

When do Bees Become Pests?

As mentioned, bees are essential pollinators, and shouldn't be bothered unless we have no choice. In deciding whether we have a choice in any particular situation, there are a few things that we need to consider.

Do you Actually Have a Honeybee Problem?

Many people refer to any stinging insect as a "bee," but there are many other stinging insects, mainly various kinds of wasps, that resemble bees to the untrained eye. You may actually have yellow jackets, European wasps, paper wasps, or some other non-honeybee species. Wasps are not significant pollinators and can be handled by a local exterminator.

Are the Bees Presenting a Danger to People?

Bees are not especially aggressive unless they feel threatened, but they become very aggressive when that happens. Bees have their own language, and if a member of the colony believes that you are a threat, it won't be long before you find yourself surrounded by hundreds or thousands of bees, all with stingers at the ready.

The question then becomes: How much of a threat is any particular beehive? If it's off somewhere in the woods far enough away from your home or any trails that people use that it can be avoided, then probably they should just be left alone. If they're living in your porch or in your garage, on the other hand; or if you or anyone else in your household is allergic to bee stings, then obviously the bees need to be removed.

Are the Bees Inside your Home?

In nature, bees build hives in hollow trees and other protected areas. Now that hollow trees are becoming hard to come by, bees often build hives in void areas of homes. When this happens, the honey and wax can attract other pests and animals or cause damage and staining to your home; so we recommend that the hive be removed.

 

Non-Chemical Honeybee Extraction in the Birmingham Area

Rid-A-Critter provides non-chemical honeybee extraction in Birmingham, Anniston, Bessemer, Hoover, Moody, and in other nearby towns and cities in our Alabama service area.

Our non-chemical approach to honeybee removal begins with finding the bees, for which we use several techniques. Because the nest might be some distance from the holes that they use to enter and exit the building, we may use stethoscopes or infrared imaging cameras to help us find exactly where the bees are living. the minimizes the amount of sheetrock or other building materials we have to remove to get to the nest.

Once we find the beehive, we remove the bees, honeycomb, hive, honey, and anything else we find; thoroughly clean the area; replace the insulation if necessary; and patch the opening we made. We also look for how the bees got into the home and seal those opening up so any stragglers can't get back in.

Honeybee Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of honeybee removal work that we've come across in and around the Birmingham area.

  • Honey comb in wall at a honeybee removal job in Heflin, Alabama
    Honey bee honey comb removal in Heflin
  • Honeybees swarming on the porch of a home in Midfield, Alabama
    Honey bees swarming on a house in Midfield
  • Honeybee hive removed from a wall of a house in Hoover, Alabama
    Honeybee nest removed from a wall in Hoover
  • A bee hive inside a wall that was removed from a home in Bessemer, Alabama
    Bee hive removed from a home in Bessemer
  • Man on a platform lift doing a beed control job in Birmingham, Alabama
    Honey bee control job in Birmingham, AL
  • A honeybee comb before being removed from an attic in Oxford, Alabama
    Honeybee comb in an attic in Oxford, Alabama
  • Honeybees swarming around a fence post in Pell City, Alabama
    Honeybee swarm in Pell City, Alabama
  • Honeybee hive removal through a cut-open ceiling in a house in Moody, Alabama
    Bee extraction from a ceiling in Moody, AL
  • Man in bee suit standing in front of a home with a bee hive in Fairfield, Alabama
    Exterior honey bee removal job in Fairfield
  • An exposed honey bee hive in a brick wall in a house in Leeds, Alabama
    Honey bee extraction job in Leeds, Alabama
  • Honey bees tightly clustered on the limb of a tree during a swarm
    Honey bee swarm on the limbs of a tree
  • Bumble bee nest removed from a burrow outside a house in Chelsea Alabama
    Bumblebee nest in Chelsea, Alabama
  • Men in a cherry picker performing honeybee removal at a hotel
    Difficult honeybee removal job at a hotel
  • Close-up of a piece of honeycomb between a technician's fingers, showing the honey and wax
    Close-up of a piece of honeycomb
  • man on a long ladder removing honeybees from the chimney of a house in Birmingham
    Removing bees from a chimney in Birmingham
  • Combs of a honey bee hive with bees walking on them in a ceiling void in a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Honey bee hive in a house in Birmingham
  • A honeybee comb in a wall in Anniston, Alabama before being removed
    Bee hive extracted from a home in Anniston
  • Bee-removal specialist in protective garb holding a large honey bee comb removed from a wall
    Brad removing a honey bee comb from a wall
  • Exposed honey comb in the wall of a house in Hueytown, Alabama
    Hueytown, Alabama honey comb removal job
  • Infrared camera locating a honey bee nest in the ceiling of a house
    Locating honey bees in a ceiling
  • Honey bee foraging for nectar on the flower of a catnip plant
    Honey bee foraging on a catnip flower
  • Honeybees outside a Birminghamm Alabama home by a second floor window
    Honeybees outside a home in Birmingham
  • man in a bee suit standing next to an exposed honey bee nest in a wall in Trussville
    Trussville, Alabama honey bee extraction job
  • A swarm of honeybees in a bush in Mountain Brook, Alabama
    Honey bees in Mountain Brook, Alabama

For more information about honeybee removal or any of our quality services, please call us today for an on-site inspection and consultation.

 

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Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
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Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

A handyman tried to use insulating foam to seal a two-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia and keep squirrels out of the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. It didn't work, of course. It never does. We have a crew of squirrel-removal professionals properly animal-proofing the house, as well as trapping and relocating the existing squirrels.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 10:16:59 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
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Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
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Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
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Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides honeybee extraction and removal in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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