Angie's List Report: Eco-Friendly Bee Removal

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 6/04/2014 11:46 pm
(WDEF) A normal day for beekeeper Ross Harding involves putting on his suit and then going to work removing honeybees from places they're not wanted.
        Ross Harding works as a beekeeper.  He said, "People always ask me if I get stung a lot. I have this really smart answer. I say not as many as I've been asked."
        There's been a sudden die-off in honeybee colonies and many homeowners are now requesting live removal.
        Harding added, "I come to their house and I look for the entry and exit hold. From that point on I determine where the bee hive is in the house. I use a different number of equipment. The favorite thing I like to use is a thermal imaging camera so I can see their heat signature. Bee hives are like 87-ish, there is a range there. It's a big warm spot in the house.">
        Angie's list recommends asking a few key questions before hiring a bee specialist.
        What do your services cover?
        And how many removals have they performed and will they remove the honeycomb?
        Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Getting rid of bees is not a do-it-yourself project. 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 honeycomb left unattended will melt into a sticky mess that could seep through your walls, attracting more bees.
        Harding added, "A lot of people see bees coming and going from their house and one of the first instincts is to spray. 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."
        The experts tell Angie's List bee removal in a home could cost between $200 and $800.

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