Stages of a Bee Infestation & How to Remove Bees
There is a significant difference between a swarm of bees and an established bee colony. An initial swarm exhibits opposite behaviors than a beehive that has developed honeycomb within a living area. The population and aggressive nature of a bee colony increases on a continuum during the initial search of finding suitable nesting area to maintaining an established hive.
When honeycomb is not present, honeybees tend to be more docile. But as the hive develops and large amounts of honeycomb have been established, the irritability level of the bees is amplified.
Determining the aggressive nature and irritability level of a beehive can be done by a timeline. Over a period of time bees will move through stages that will determine the status of the hive.
Here is a resourceful reference for understanding what the bees are doing depending on how long they have been on your property.
How Long Have You Had Bees?
Scout bees from a nearby swarm are searching within the vicinity for a suitable nesting area. A swarm on your property doesn’t necessarily mean you have a permanent bee infestation. The swarm could be resting and waiting for scout bees to return to report of their findings. Within this time period the bees will choose to either stay or leave depending on conditions.
• Scout Bee Treatment
• Bee Extermination
7 Days to 2 Months
After the initial prospecting, bees will choose a suitable nesting location and immediately begin setting up the area for honeycomb development and growth. At this point, the honeybee infestation is permanent and honeycomb extraction is recommended to avoid re-infestations. The amount of honeycomb is still relatively small for structural damage from melting combs to occur – but still is a possibility.
• Bee Extermination or Live Bee Removal
• Honeycomb Removal & Repair
3 Months to 1 Year+
The bee population is larger and more aggressive at this benchmark. Large amounts of honeycomb have been established. Honeycomb removal is necessary to prevent future reinfestations, structural damage, and other infestations from ants, roaches, and wax moths.
• Honeycomb Removal and Repair w/ Bee Extermination or Live Bee Removal
Returning bee infestations indicates the bees have identified your property as an attractive nesting location. This is caused by existing honeycomb inside your structure or ideal nesting conditions.
• Bee Proofing and/or Honeycomb Removal