How Much Does Bee Removal Cost?
Bees are a crucial part of the ecosystem, pollinating flowers and crops, and producing honey. Still, bees can be a pain – literally and figuratively – when they decide to build a hive on your property. And, they can be highly dangerous; especially if any of your family members or guests are allergic to bee stings.
There is a difference to having a bee problem, and just having a couple of bee visitors. Seeing a bee or two flying around doesn’t mean you have a problem, but if you frequently notice bees clustering or swarming around a specific area of your home or business, there’s probably a hive nearby. It is very important to note to never kill bees on your own. Bee control can be very dangerous and should always be conducted by a trained professional.
But how much does professional bee removal cost? What should you expect to pay?
Well, a lot of the fees depend on certain factors which we will go into shortly. However, the national average for bee or wasp removal typically ranges between $90 and $425.
The price of removing bees can be dependent on several factors, such as:
The Location of the Bees
This is the biggest factor when it comes to bee removal. The easier a pest control professional can reach the bees, the cheaper and more cost effective the job will be. Unfortunately, if you find your bees nest sitting high in a tree, lurking behind parts of your building or even tucked away in an attic, the price will go up.
Believe it or not, some local laws consider bees in a home’s structure to be a severe health and safety issue. It is therefore important to remove the bees quickly to avoid any legal complications.
Species of bee and number
This is an element that is split up into a number of deciding factors and is related somewhat to the location of the nest. You see, different species of bee like to live in different areas. Honey bees like to build hives on or in structures; it is these bees you will most likely find in your house or in a tree etc. Whereas bumble bees prefer to nest on the ground, and carpenter bees will burrow themselves into wood. It is easy to confuse bees with wasps or hornets depending on where they see them nesting however remember that not all bees build their hives in the same kinds of places.
Each species too has their own temperament. You will find that Africanized honey bees for example will be so aggressive when trying to move that to destroy them may be the only option.
The number of bees also affects the bee removal price too. Carpenter bees are largely solitary whereas honey bees can actually average around 50,000 per colony!
It is very important to understand fully what is included in the price of your bee removal, and the work that the professional needs to complete. For example, removing certain bee nests may require holes to be cut in the ceilings or in walls. If this is the case, whom is going to repair the carpentry. Some professionals will include this in the price, whereas some will not. So you need to be prepared to hire a contractor or handyman to fix and repair any necessary damage. In some instances, walls may need to be cut open to safely get to the colony which could equate to a costly bill!
The same can be said for cleaning and tidying up too! Of course, we are sure that many a bee removal professional will take their time and not to try to make too much of a mess but there will be all sorts of honey drippings and dead bees around the hive and on the exit from it’s position. This will be your responsibility and may take time to clean!
The only way to fully control a bee problem is to remove the hive entirely. It can be very tempting to just have the bees killed as they remove the hive. However, many bee professionals and beekeepers will be able to offer live removals that are much more humane indeed. Of course, always ensure that the professional you use is fully licensed and insured.