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Bob van der Herchen Bee Removal & Rescue
Call 941-474-5491

 Bee Removals -- What we do and how we do it.

We are committed to protecting the environment and do not use toxic pesticides.
We use various techniques to remove the bees, alive and unharmed, and relocate them to safe places for humans and bees. Most removals involve vacuuming the bees off the comb into a special box. Then the comb is removed by cutting and scrapingAfter the job Coverd with bees & honey
--a very hot, messy job, with honey dripping on our heads, faces and arms, and bees crawling all over us. We face the dangers of rattle snakes, recluse spiders, Brown recluse spider we encountered in a floor space black widow spiders, and scorpions hiding under mobile homes, in sheds, and under soffits. Sometimes we have to lie in stinging fire ants while removing the bees. Temperature inside our bee suits can exceed 120 degrees F., in the summer.

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Using a miniature video camea to inspect a void to find the nest   Bees seen by inspection camera Sometimes we use a miniature video camera to inspect voids to find the bee's nest and comb. This helps us avoid cutting holes and finding out the bee's nest is somewhere else.Using laser thermometer to find bees nest

We also use a laser thermometer to find the nest by it's heat. Bees keep the nest at 95 degrees

  Room closed off with plastic to keep bees out of the rest of the house.
We put down drop clothes
to keep the mess We put down drop cloths to catch honey drips.from dripping onto  floors. After the comb is removed we wash the area with detergent to remove as much of  the bee pheromone as possible. The scent of bees can last for years and acts as an attractant to other bees, causing recurring infestations if not treated.

Using a heat gun to remove beeswax Sometimes we use a heat gun to melt and remove wax from hard to reach places. Then, where the comb was attached we apply an oily repellent that repels new bees from building comb in the same place.

Apiary (BeeYard) where I put the bees
After we finish the removal, we take the bees to our apiary (bee yard) and shake them into a hive box with combs and hope they survive the ordeal, to continue their beneficial work. To control  Africanized bees, we place them in a quarantine hive with a queen excluder. This keeps the drones from mating and we replace the queen with a European bred Queen. In three weeks she replaces the Africanized workers with her gentle daughters.

To see a cross section of typical bee infestations and how we remove them. Click on any picture below and you will be taken to a page showing the many types of infestations.
Inside a stucco wall.    Under mobile homes
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BBQ grill Chest
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bees have chosen to set up housekeeping

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