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Angie's List: Live bee removal

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You’re probably expecting a few guests this summer, but what if 50,000 made a surprise stop and had no plans to leave? That’s how many honeybees are in an average colony. So, what should you do if they decide to call your house home? In this Angie’s List report, the eco-friendly removal option more people are considering.

“People always ask me if I get stung a lot," says beekeeper Ross Harding. "I have this really smart answer. I say not as many as I’ve been asked.”

This is a normal day for Harding. He puts on his suit and goes to work removing honeybees from places they’re not wanted.

There’s been a sudden die-off in honeybee colonies and many homeowners are now requesting live removal.

“Live removal is really a great thing because basically you’re just relocating the hive," says Harding. "You’re not killing any bees. You’re removing the entire colony and their comb and you’re sealing up that hole so no bees will return. But then you can take that hive somewhere where they are actually wanted.”

Angie’s list recommends asking a few key questions before hiring a bee specialist.

1. What do your services cover?

Many experts only focus on bee removal, so if they cut into your ceilings or walls, you may have to hire a separate contractor to repair the damage.

2. How many removals have they performed and will they remove the honeycomb?

A honeycomb left unattended will melt into a sticky mess that could seep through your walls, attracting more bees.

“Getting rid of bees is not a do-it-yourself project," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "In fact, last summer when I had bees attacking my kid’s swing set I called in a professional and the reason is you might not realize how big of a problem it is until you’re actually in the midst of fixing it. You might see a few bees, but there might be a lot more behind where you can’t see. Hiring a professional can make sure it’s done safely.”

“A lot of people see bees coming and going from their house and one of the first instincts is to spray," says Harding. "If you were to spray an entire can of bee killer in that hole, yeah you are going to kill a bunch of bees and you might notice them stop coming and going for a couple of days, but the colony goes way far back into the house or wherever and you’re not killing all the larvae either so you’ll kill a bunch of bees but down here is a bunch of living bees.”

Experts tell Angie’s List a bee removal in a home could cost between $200 and $800.

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