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18 October 2009

Don't let improper bee removal happen to you! - Cocoa Beach Bee Removal 321-206-5100

We responded to a frantic call this morning. A lady in Cocoa Beach had an infestation of honey bees in her soffit, and paid a well-known, national pest control company (hint, starts with "O" & ends with "N"), to take care of the infestation.

here's a video of the bees trying to get back in the opening:

The technician from this company, applied a dust product that is commonly used in the pest control industry, and sealed up the colony opening with an expanding foam product. Two days later, the client arrives home from Saturday shopping, and is immediately attacked by bees. She hurries inside, only to find THOUSANDS of bees in her living room and kitchen!! Can you imagine this??? It had to be very frightening.

We arrived to find neighbors complaing of being harassed and stung. We performed a proper treatment, opened up the soffit, removed the colony, and sealed it up proper. We do this every day, and know how to do it right. Call us at 321-206-5100 for a free estimate!

So, this really bugs me. (excuse me, lol). This client paid the national company, twice our rate, only to be assailed by bees. They were not available on Saturday, when she was attacked. We see this frequently... Well meaning technicians, good at controlling roaches or flies, try their hand at bees or yellowjackets and make the problem MUCH WORSE! In this case the dust product is repellent and aggravating to bees, and will drive them into living areas. Plus, it's rather difficult to kill a mature colony of bees, as they can fill several feet of wall, soffit, or joist voids, and a simple dust application only kills a small portion.

Plus, here in Brevard County, we are encountering Africanized Honey bees on a daily basis, and the incidents will only increase as these bees fill out the ecological niches, and become commonplace. Is it worth the risk to use a generalist for these complicated, potentially dangerous social insects?

I like to use a medical analogy.. you may think your family doctor is the bees knees (oops, there I go again), but would you trust him/her to perform complicated heart surgery?

And you shouldn't use a general pest control company for Bee Removals either! We at are University of Florida trained Urban Entomologists (insect scientists), registered beekeepers & Licensed & Insued Pest Control Operators. We work with stinging insects daily, and have developed protocols to protect you, our valued clients. Give us a call at 321-206-5100 for a free estimate!

We service the following Brevard County cities & towns & perform brevard live honey bee removals, when appropriate.

Cape Canaveral bee removal,
Cocoa bee removal
Cocoa Beach bee removal
Grant-Valkaria bee removal
Indialantic bee removal
Indian Harbour Beach bee removal
Malabar bee removal
Melbourne bee removal
Melbourne Beach bee removal
Melbourne Village bee removal
Palm Bay bee removal
Palm Shores bee removal
Rockledge bee removal
Satellite Beach bee removal
Titusville bee removal
West Melbourne bee removal
Allenhurst bee removal
Angel City bee removal
Aurantia bee removal
Aurora bee removal
Ballard Pines bee removal
Barefoot Bay bee removal
Bellwood bee removal
Bonaventure bee removal
Canaveral Groves bee removal
City Point bee removal
Cocoa West bee removal
Courtenay bee removal
Delespine bee removal
Dummit Cove bee removal
Dummit Grove bee removal
East Mims bee removal
Eau Gallie bee removal
Floridana Beach bee removal
Footman bee removal
Frontenac bee removal
Georgiana bee removal
Indian River City bee removal
Jay Jay bee removal
June Park bee removal
Kennedy Space Center bee removal
Kings Park bee removal
La Grange bee removal
Lotus bee removal
Melbourne Village bee removal
Merritt Island bee removal
Micco bee removal
Mims bee removal
Pineda bee removal
Port St. John bee removal
Rockwell bee removal
Scottsmoor bee removal
Sharpes bee removal
Sherwood bee removal
Shiloh bee removal
South Cocoa Beach bee removal
South Patrick Shores bee removal
Southmere bee removal
Sunnyland Beachbee removal
Suntree bee removal
Tropic bee removal
Turnbull bee removal
Viera bee removal
West Eau Gallie bee removal
Whispering Hills bee removal
Wiley bee removal
Williams Point bee removal
Wilson bee removal

16 October 2009

Live Honey Bee Removal In Florida

Today I received a phone call from a gentleman in Melbourne, Florida, who wanted me to perform a free live honey bee removal.

I explained to him that we are finding our Brevard County Live Honey Bee removals mostly turn out to be mean Africanized Honey Bees, and that while I will consider doing live bee removals, I turn down many, because the sting risk is just too high, especially in tight suburban or urban settings.

He seemed to be understanding this, so when I then explained that we usually charge more for these live removals, he was obviously getting rifled up a bit. I explained that in order to perform a TRUE Live bee removal, we have to be careful, work slowly to protect the brood (eggs,larvae,pupae), and that we then have to re-queen the colony to introduce gentle European genetics into the colony. Of course, we have to purchase the queens, and spend a good deal of time caring for the newly transferred bee hive box.

Well, he evidently had enough, told me that I should "be paying him" to get these bees out of his house, because "you are going to make money off these bees!".

I was befuddled. This guy clearly has no grasp of what it takes to be a successful beekeeper. Most beekeepers will gladly tell you that this hobby or even business TAKES money to keep going. If one is successful, Bee sure that it is hard work and one is not getting rich off of bees. And that's with bees that come from a great genetic line, selected for things like putting away honey, disease resistance, gentleness, etc.

The going price for a starter colony of "thoroughbred" bees is $50-$75. Yep, I'm sure making lots of money with your bees!

When we do Central Florida Live Bee Removals, it's like throwing dice...We never know what kind of bees we'll get.. They usually turn into mean colonies as the colony becomes mature, they often will swarm out of the hive boxes, they put away small amounts of honey, etc.

Plus, factor in the cost of salaries (yes, I do pay my guys, hello???), truck expense, diesel fuel, auto insurance, Workmen's comp (don't you WANT us to protect you, the client, hello???), Commercial General Liability Insurance (again...??), and of course many more expenses. I haven't found a Chevron station that will give me free diesel!

And remember, we are experts, with 3 entomologists and other highly trained professionals. That's got to be worth something, or do you like billy-bob and his helper, with no insurance and a hand axe, tearing open your home. Do you?

And to top if off, Our regulator of beekeeping, Apiary section, Fla Dept. of Agriculture, is "highly recommending" that we eradicate all feral honey bees that are close to human or animal activity..primarily because of the spreading of Africanized Honey Bees in the state. What happens if I do a live removal and an allergic neighbor gets stung and dies or is severely injured? What happens to me then? I'll tell you what, I'm shark food for the lawyers!

All to play the roulette wheel or throw the dice with your bees.

Yes, "Mr.-Your-gonna-make-money-off-my-bees", you can keep your bees. Thank you very much.

For those that understand value, I remain committed to providing the best Live Bee Removal services in the State of Florida. I really do love performing proper live bee removal in Florida, when we can.

You can call anytime: 800-343-5317 or visit us online at:

we service the following: Daytona live bee removal, Port Orange Live bee removal, DeLand live bee removal,Sanford live bee removal,Apopka live bee removal, Altamonte live bee removal, Maitland live bee removal, Winter Park live bee removal, Orlando live bee removal, Windermere live bee removal, Kissimee live bee removal, St. Cloud live bee removal, Titusville live bee removal, Cocoa live bee removal, Cocoa Beach live bee removal, Rockledge live bee removal, Melbourne live bee removal, Palm Bay live bee removal .

16 October 2009

West Volusia County Yellow Jacket Colony

Today I checked out a Southern Yellow Jacket nest for some research I'm doing. It's rather unusual, as it's almost all above ground. We sometimes see above ground nests in swampy areas, where the Yellow Jackets can't survive burrowing in the wet mucky soil. I shot this video, just to get some initial views. It's very rough, butWe hope to go back tomorrow, and shoot closeups of the nest attacking our technician Jason, as he weedeats nearby. (Don't worry, he'll be in a bee suit. or two!)

The nest measures about 3'X2'X2', not huge in our experience, but quite significant. It contains at least 50,000 individuals!!! It sure could put a hurting on you if you stumbled upon it. This nest size could even be fatal If one is allergic or not very mobile.

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