How Much Does Bee Removal Cost?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 6:49:34 PM ET
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Bees are an essential part of the environment. They pollinate flowers and make the honey that many people enjoy. However, sometimes bees move onto property and become a dangerous nuisance. This is particularly true when people have allergies to bees or are afraid of them. Here's what you need to know about bee removal and how much it costs.

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Why Are Bees Problematic?

Most of the time, bees are lovely to have around. They help crops and plants grow through pollination. Unfortunately, bees can build hives in your home or on your property where they become a problem. When people are allergic to bees, having them nearby creates a high risk of a deadly reaction. Bees can also make quite a mess and even destroy the structure of your home if left too long.

Most bees find their way into chimneys. If you use the chimney after bees have built a hive inside, it could cause them to swarm, putting your family at risk for painful stings and fatal reactions for anyone allergic to bees.

Why Do I Need a Bee Extermination?

The best way to get rid of bees is by removing the hive. Some pest control companies kill the bees before removing the hive, but most bee experts and beekeepers offer live removals. If you have a lot of bees, they may even offer free bee removal service because they use the bees to replenish their own stock.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to research the company or individual you're hiring. Make sure they carry insurance and are licensed by your state's agricultural department. A lot of companies offer free estimate, so take advantage of that when possible. Most companies can deal with more than honeybees and may also offer preventative services.

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How Much Does a Bee Extermination Cost?

The price of bee hive removal depends on the method the company uses as well as the type, size and location on your property. Outdoor beehive removals start around $75 to $100 per hour, assuming only one person must do the job. It costs more if an assistant has to help. Bee removal experts may charge extra for expenses and travel time as well as other miscellaneous charges.

It gets a lot more expensive if the beehive structure is inside your home. Removing beehives from ceilings, floors and walls takes time. Plan on spending anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. For honeybees, free removal may be an option when using a beekeeper who uses the bees for their business.

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Bee-Proofing

To make sure bees don't return, you need to bee-proof the property. Professionals examine the property to determine where building could occur. They look at vents, sheds, ceilings, walls, trees and even air conditioning units. These services typically cost extra but are worth it to keep bees away.

Most beekeepers will return to your property free of charge if the bees return within a certain amount of time. Some companies offer a three-year guarantee on bee treatment services. Again, research the company beforehand. This is a significant service, and you want to make sure the company is trustworthy.

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