Corky’s supports environmental stewardship and recommends live bee hive removal whenever possible. This service starts at $200 and requires a trained professional who practices safe and stress-free removal for the bees keeping the colony together.
The number one goal of our service is resident safety. Any hive or nest causing you concern on your property can be treated for elimination or removal. It is recommended that the hive or nest be removed. Hive removal is priced separately according to the complexity of the removal process. If a hive is not removed, it could draw bees back in to establish another hive. If a bee hive containing wax and honey is left in a structure is can ferment, stink and ooze down the walls.
Bees are an important part of our ecosystem and contribute substantially to our economy. It is perfectly normal to see bees flitting from bush to tree doing their job of pollination. These bees should be left alone to complete their tasks. However, if you have a bee infestation that poses a safety risk to you or your pets, we can help you. It is important to stay away from hives or nests and let the experts handle them. Bees are responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other insect, due to allergic reactions.
European Honey Bee - The European honey bee is found living in nests of 5,000 to 15,000 members per hive. Honey bees live year around and stay dormant in the winter. They can be seen as a giant swarm migrating or as 5 to 20 bees buzzing around a structural openings.
Africanized Honey Bee - The Africanized honey bee looks like the European honey bee. Though un-noticeably smaller in size, the Africanized honey bees are very protective of their home and can attack to defend it in great numbers. They may stay aggressive for days after being disturbed. They become aggravated by loud noises, and vibrations and are provoked by certain smells such as fresh cut grass, bananas and the breath of mammals.
Corky’s Bee & Wasp Services
We offer a number of services for flying, stinging insects including: insect elimination, hive or nest removal, opening and structure repair, insect proofing and live bee hive relocation.
After the hive treatment and removal, there will still be bees in the area, (those that were not in the hive at the time of the service).
If a swarm of bees is spotted in a bush, tree or on the side of your house and the hive is visible, keep the area clear and do not approach the swarm. The bees may be Africanized Honey Bees, which are very aggressive and will respond to intrusion or loud noises. Chances are the swarm is just resting and will move on in a matter of hours. Make sure you make your neighbors aware of the bee hive so they will keep children and pets away.
When you call, a friendly customer service representative will go over the different treatments available including bee removal and relocation.
Bumblebee - Bumblebees are found living in nests in number of 15 to 100 bees. They do not have permanent colonies. The queen starts a new colony each spring. They are twice the size of a honey bee, between 1 to 1 ½ inches long. Bumblebees may be found in cavities in the ground such as an abandoned gopher hole, under sheds, or in other low to the ground places. Bumblebees are seasonal summer bees. When defending their hive they can be aggressive, stinging multiple times without losing their stinger. They are sought after by tomato farmers who know the value of their pollination effectiveness.
Carpenter Bee - Nearly all carpenter bees build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. Approximately 1 inch in length, Carpenter bees are one of the largest American native bees. They resemble bumble bees but have a shiny abdomen, where bumblebees have hairy abdomens. Female carpenter bees are capable of stinging, but they are docile and rarely sting unless directly provoked. The males are harmless, since they do not have a stinger. Carpenter bees are pollinators of eggplant, tomato and other vegetables.
Appearance - Although many wasps exist in North America, the two species most common are paper wasps and bald-faced hornets. Wasps are more aggressive than bees. Wasps have thinner sleeker and longer bodies than bees. They have four wings and are smooth and shiny not hairy. Wasps inject their venom with a stinger that goes in and then comes out so they can sting again. The easiest way to distinguish among the species is by their nests.
Paper Wasp - Paper wasps get their name from the paper-like material from which their nests are made. These nests are begun in the spring by fertile over-wintering females. Nests are comprised of many cells, each cell wall is made of wood pulp similar to that from which paper is made. Paper wasps are yellow and black, and are about ¾ inch to one inch in size. Their sting can be quite painful-and they will aggressively protect their nests.
Yellow Jacket Wasp - Yellow jackets are social colonizers with a queen/worker structure. Yellow jacket queens are more than an inch long, the workers are a little shorter about 3/4th inch, and all have a typical pattern of black and yellow markings. Yellow jackets usually construct a subterranean nest, but occasionally build them in wall voids, attics and above ground sites.
Mud Dauber Wasp - Mud daubers vary in size from medium to large, usually around an inch long. They are sometimes called thread-waisted wasps. The most familiar aspect of mud daubers is their nest which is made of mud or clay and attached against houses, under eaves or bridges, and often inside garages. Cylindrical cells of mud are built side by side until they make a mass that may be the size of a softball. The mud nest is smoothly plastered over the entire outer surface. Mud daubers rarely sting and do not defend their nests.
Bald-Faced Hornet - Bald-faced hornets are actually wasps, and are about 3/4th inch in size. They are black with white stripes around their thorax and abdomen. They can fly very fast and are extremely aggressive. Bald-faced hornets create a nest which is gray and round. It ranges from softball to beach ball size. These nests are made from cellulose and are quite strong. Likely nest locations include trees, shrubs and around overhangs of buildings. They will defend the location of their nest.
Corky’s Bee & Wasp Services
Honey Bee Service: Live bee rescue, removal and relocation services.
Bee and Wasp Services: Hive or nest treatment and/or removal services.
Restoration and repairing structures after hive or nest removal.
Bee and Wasp Proofing.
For more information or to schedule a treatment today, call 1-800-901-1102.