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Active beehive in the walls of my house
We have an active bee hive in the house, between the walls.
It's in the back of the house maybe 25'-30' off the ground.
We talked to a local bee keeper about it and they said they
can't relocate a hive that is that high up. So we talked to
pest control and they recommend just boarding it up and
eventually the queen and the rest will die. That is so
awful! I put it off another year and here we are 5-6 years
later and the hive is still going strong.
For personal safety of my family, I'd like to get this
relocated. I don't let the kids play in the backyard in the
summer when there are so many bees out and about.
I'm also concerned that the weight of the hive may cause
some wall damage.
I'd love to somehow save this hive. Does anybody have any
advice? buzz off
If you haven't already, try speaking with Khaled from Queen
of Sheba in Oakland. He cares very much for preserving and
relocating bees and he has been able to get them out of very
Khaled Almaghafi, fourth generation bee keeper, solved a
similar problem for me. I had a giant beehive in the wall of
my daughter's bedroom that we could hear vibrating through
the wall. My landlord's solution was to poison the lot,
which I did not go for, so called Mister Almaghafi. It was
quite an educational event! I invited kids and parents over
to watch, no one got stung and we got a large jar of honey
in the bargain. You can read his YELP page. He is located
at 2950 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. His number is (510)-399-
For bee removal, contact the Mount Diablo Beekeepers
Association. They have volunteers who will remove bees for a
$50 donation. Go to http://www.diablobees.org/swarmlist DC
My friend is a beekeeper and recommends that you contact the
Alameda County Beekeeping Association. They probably have a
swarm list. . merry
We have a bee hive in our tree and talked to someone about
relocating it. Apparently what they do is put a one-way
value on the hive so bees can come out but not go back in.
Near the original hive, they put a new hive with a new queen
and the bees who can't get back into the original hive go
into the new one. The process is supposed to take about 6
I don't know how far away the new hive can be, but maybe you
can find someone who can hang it from the roof or build some
sort of scaffold to have it high enough that the bees will
go to that.
Our hive is about 6 feet off the ground and the person we
talked to said it would cost about $2000 to remove it. We
talked to an arborist who said our tree was fine and the
hive wasn't damaging it so we decided to leave it. Bzzzzz
We had this problem . . . twice . . . due to an urban
beekeeper who managed to never be home when the bees
swarmed. We tried the humane methods of getting the bees out
-- tiny metal gates and netting, several beekeepers and
their traps, but it was useless. We were told by the
beekeepers that if we left them in the walls they would
cause structural problems with the house because of other
pests that would be attracted to the honey. So we had them
exterminated and spent thousands of dollars getting our
chimney rebuilt and sealed. We also putting netting up on
that part of the house to keep it from happening again. I
really hope that community members who decide to keep
honeybees make a plan for preventing the bee swarms from
establishing themselves in other people's yards, and worse
in the walls of these old houses. anon
We had the same issue, bees had burrowed in under an eave at
the roof line on the 2nd floor. We called around and talked
to a few people, and we ended up having someone come and
exterminate the hive, then my husband sealed it up - the
honey there in the wall will attract more bees if it's
accessible. To relocate a hive, you'd need to locate the
queen and try to extract her to move the hive, which you can
not do without tearing your wall open, it's just not
feasible, especially so high up. Unfortunately, TRULY so
unfortunately, you have to exterminate. Sorry Bees, It's My
In response to a question in this forum sent to me, a
beekeeper...... If you board the entrance up, you risk the
bees finding another! If they are closed off, you have the
smell of decaying bee bodies and lure of honey and bee
protein for mice, cockroaches and rodents. The
bite-the-bullet, responsible thing to do, is hire a bee
extractor who will locate the heart & heat of the hive,
isolate it and go into the wall from the inside, take out
the bees and honey, hopefully scape off and paints something
like Killz Primer over the places where the honeycomb
contacted the wood, close up and resurface the interior
wall. Good ones are also licensed contractors. Get 3 bids! I
hope you will not accept a bid that includes spraying with
some toxin that will fume into the house. The children and
bees should have no problem in the same yard unless the
children swat at the bees. Kids are always the fastest to
identify the queen in a hive and make excellent beekeepers.
The bees are the sentinels of their future, after all.
Friend of the bees
Nothing is impossible, it's really about priorities. The
bee keepers mentioned in other responses should help.
Need to get up high, ladders or scaffolding... need to get
inside walls, careful demolition and dust control.
Bees are good & absolutely necessary. I am a carpenter (and
former bee-keeper) and willing to assist in some way at a
reduced rate for this issue.
Where are the bees in my house coming from?
Almost every day for a week we are finding one or two bees
in our dining/living room, usually crawling on one of three
big picture windows. I've looked behind and under all the
furniture, paintings, etc. for a nest, but nothing. There
are 2 floor heating vents, but no sign of bees there. We
leave a sliding glass door open sometimes for our dog, but
the bees aren't near that door. Any similar stories? Any
clue as to where the bees are coming from? Thanks.
Have you checked the chimney (if you have one)? It's pretty
common for them to set up house in there. Also, if you do
find the colony, please have someone come out to remove and
relocate them as opposed to killing them - bees are such a
precious resource right now. If they're yellow jackets or
wasps, nuke 'em. Good luck! Cara
Want to host a beehive in my yard
I went to a beekeeping class in Menlo Park and heard about
beekeepers who will put a hive in your yard and care for the
bees themselves. You just get lots of pollinators and no
responsibility for upkeep. I would like to find such a
person in the Oakland area. Got any suggestions? Dawn
For information about bees, contact the Mount Diablo
Beekeepers Association. They are a group of volunteer
beekeepers. Their website is diablobees.org When you go on
their website, there is information about bee and queen
suppliers and a list of beekeepers in the area. bee happy
Beekeeping and honey extraction for toddler?
My daughter has become fascinated with bees and beekeeping.
Does anyone know of a place where she could see honey being
extracted? She's riveted by bee books and by honey
extraction videos on Youtube. I'd like to follow this
curiosity of hers if there is an accessible and safe way to
I'm not sure where you could see honey extraction (I seem to
recall there was maybe a food safety reason why too many
people can't be involved in the extraction, but I could be
wrong about that), but a couple local spots have observable
bee colonies, including SF's Randall Museum
(www.randallmuseum.org) and Berkeley's Botanical Garden
Maybe one of the organizations or shops on this page could
point you toward extraction observation:
http://www.citybees.com/resources.htm. The Alameda County
Beekeepers were very nice about helping me arrange a
beekeeper visit to our preschool a few years ago. Bee Happy
Are you looking for something like this?
The webpage said that children must be over 7 years old to
participate, but you can ask if a toddler is okay for just
Bee removal recommendations
Anyone have any experiance with bee hive removal?
(Still need to confirm they are bees.)
Do it yourself, it so what do you use?
Will wasp sprey work?
Do you hire someone?
Who to hire?
What to expect to pay?
If you've got honeybees, most beekeepers will be very happy
to come get them! Local fire departments and sometimes
police departments keep a list of beekeepers on file to call
when they encounter a swarm.
Don't spray them -- let them make honey! (somewhere else)
Please verify if your visitors are Bees or not. If they
are Bees then a Bee keeper will come for free and take
your hive away - you can do a Google search for Bee-
keepers I suggest trying Contra-Costa, Marin and Sonoma
counties and this will generate a list. We had a
wonderful Bee-keeper come and take a new hive that was
being built next to our front door. My kids watched the
whole process, it was fascinating. Please do not kill
Bees with poison, we really need them for the health of
our crops and to provide honey. If it is a true Bee-hive
then they only swarm when they are moving their Queen and
establishing the hive so depending on the location you may
find that it is not as scary as you initially thought.
We've decided to let the hive formed last week in a hollow
tree in our front yard remain.
There are many backyard beekeepers in the East Bay that may be able to help
you with this hive without exterminating it. Colony collapse is a major problem
and it would be best for the bees (and us!) if you could get it removed without
doing it damage. Contact the Institute of Urban Homesteading in Oakand
(510)927-3252. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
Removing Bee or wasp nest from skylight
I have an attic level skylight that is on a sloped roof so at my
height. When I opened it recently, I immediately noticed a small nest
of what looked like wasps or bees so shut it right away. How do you
get rid of a nest in such a location?
I don't see why you need to remove the nest. I would suggest
putting a good screen on the skylight, and just letting the
wild creatures live. If you feel you must destroy them, hire
a professional. I know there are ads for such services on
If the infestation is honey bees, beekeepers can remove
the bees without destroying them. You can look for
services here: http://www.ebeehoney.com/zCA.html and here:
We want to start beekeeping
My family wants to start beekeeping as our spring project.
Does anyone know the the city laws on this? I have heard
that you need a city permit, but that most people don't do
that. Also, what is the best way to get a starter hive that
is not too expensive?
I have been given this information which might be helpful
for you and for others wanting to keep bees. I think it's
great that people are beginning to adopt sustainable
efforts that promote local food and environmental well-
being. Thanks for doing that.
''Kensington resident, long-time beekeeper and sustainable
grower, David Eichorn, will teach a beekeeping class
through the Richmond Adult School. The first class
is April 17 and runs for Saturday mornings from 9-12.
Anyone who is interested can sign up beginning February 22
through the Richmond Adult School office.''
I've seen beehives for reasonable
prices on E-Bay, and there are local beekeeping societies
Classes on beekeeping in the city are given at BioFuel Oasis
on the corner of Ashby and Sacramento. They also stock the
starter kits; bee boxes and all beekeeping supplies in their
urban farm supply store inside the station. I took the
class and it was very informative and cheap! ($30 for 3.5 hours)
go to the biofuels oasis. Its a gas station on ashby and sacramento. They'll get
you started. And read novella carpenter's book Farm City. She works there.
Please, be cautious about urban beekeeping. We live in
central Berkeley. Twice swarms of bees found their way into
our walls, and in spite of having two beekeepers come (and a
month of bee boxes) we were unable to extract them and had
to exterminate them. After the second time we arranged for
very expensive repairs to prevent this from happening again.
If you live in central/west Berkeley your neighbors live in
old houses that have attractive nooks and crannies. Unless
you are going to keep watch for swarms, keeping bees can
cause major problems for your neighbors. (P.S. after this
happened to us, it turned out that two acquaintances in the
neighborhood had the same problems with bees finding their
way into the structure.)
don't like swarms
Just received an email from the Berkeley Fuel Oasis, they
are offering ''Urban Gardening'' classes, on of them being
Beekeeping. Also, you can look up Beekeeping in the phone
book and I believe you will find entries for the Diablo and
Alameda clubs/organizations. You may want to look into the
different styles of hives. as they supposedly make a
significant difference in maintenance.
Fellow BK wannabe.
Ps, no recommendation on any of the above resources.
Finding carpenter bees around our windows
Anybody out there with experience dealing with carpenter bees?
For a week or two we have found dead or dying bees (not honeybees
or wasps) in and around the wooden window frames of our dear old
wood shingle house. I have not been able to find a hole or see
them flying around outside. I've found some information online,
but it seems impossible to bee-proof a shingle house! Any
suggestions? Obviously we want to avoid poisons; I assume these
bees are beneficial, like honeybees.
I don't have good advice about getting rid of your bees, but I
would recommend checking any ceiling lighting fixtures for a
place they may be entering your home. I lived in a 1906
Berkeley home for 20 years and bees would find their way into
my bedroom through the ceiling light fixture. I would tape up
the very small openings around the fixture and they would
disappear (probably just hung out in the rafters). Good luck.
I don't have any specific suggestions for removing them, but as far as
where they are
coming from - I used to live in a victorian with those old wooden-framed
opened with a rope/counterweight mechanism. One day when my husband closed
window, the rope was covered in wasps. They were living inside the wall
the ropes. If that is the case, you will probably have to call a
specialist to get them out.
Neighbor's bees are flying into my home
I rent an apartment in north Oakland and live next door to
beekeepers. My problem is that I don't have screens on the
windows and at night when they are open and the lights are on,
bees fly into my home. This is very annoying because it impedes
my full enjoyment of living in my apartment. My landlord is
unwilling to install screens and suggested contacting the state
vector control. Even if my neighbors are in violation of the
law, I don't feel comfortable reporting them, yet I am also
resentful of the inconvenience that they are causing me. I would
like to know how to handle this and would be grateful for any
Do you feel you can approach the neighbors with the problem? Perhaps
beekeepers to install screens could solve the problem. Let them know they
in your house and you want to be supportive (of their business), but the
bees are a
hardship for you. There are removable screens that you can use when the
open - I'm sure you can find them at Home Depot. Maybe not the most
things, but will keep them out and you can relax. Good luck.
As a new beekeeper in Richmond I am acutely aware of the
sensitivity issues around bees. I think if someone had an issue
with my bees I would want them to come and talk to me and engage
me in finding a solution. Perhaps they would be willing to share
the cost of screens with you or your landlord (can't believe you
landlord won't give you screens!) or some other alternative? As
is, there is the issue of allergies to bee stings, but there is
also the huge and devastating issue that bees are disappearing
and we are losing our pollinators. I started bees this year
because, for the first time, I saw there were no bees pollinating
my veggie garden and I wanted to help the wider issue. So, I feel
like I am doing a community service in a way by having my bees,
taking on the strenuous work, large expense, and the bodily risks
( I haven't had my first harvest yet).
I would bet your neighbors might feel the same and would be
willing to work this out. You might also get some delicious honey
out of the bargain.
While your landlord is being cheap about not installing screens,
for just $5-10 each, you can buy perfectly effective adjustable
screens yourself. I use them all over my house. You just open the
window, put these in the opening, and voila. You can buy them at
places like Orchard Hardware and Home Depot, or online:
Maybe if you explain the problem to your beekeeping neighbors,
they will pony up for the screens, or at least give you some nice
jars of honey, and everyone goes away happy.
I appreciate your searching for a solution that protects you
while also proteting the bees and your neighborliness. Most
hardware stores have inexpensive adjustable window screens that
you fit into the open window. You can also make screens that
would work to keep out bees from inexpensive net fabric,
perhaps held in place with adhesive velcro attached to the
window frame. You can find the net & velcro at any sewing
store. Best wishes. Ann
I don't have any legal expertise to offer, but I would suggest
talking to your beekeeping neighbors about the issue prior to
calling vector control. Perhaps your neighbors would be
willing to purchase screens for your windows or split the cost
I don't think that garden variety bees are considered vectors.
Well...since you don't want to go to vector control, and I
applaud you for that, I would approach the neighbors,tell them
your landperson won't spring for the screens and ask if they are
willing to...or at least contribute something $$. If they won't,
then I would go to someplace like Home Depot, purchase some of
the rolled up screen (it's fairly cheap) cut off what you need
for each window and tape, tack it, whatever...it may not be
pretty, but it will serve the purpose. Also,Home Depot actually
makes small screens that expand to the size of your window. I
have 2 of them and they work quite well. They cause about 10
I think the focus should be on getting your landlord to install
screens....either that or you may have to go to the expense of
doing it yourself.
An old boyfriend used to keep bees in Berkeley a long time ago.
It is perfectly legal and actually a good thing to keep bees as
it helps pollination, produces honey, keeps them in
reasonable ''housing'' so they don't build hives in the eaves of
our homes, etc. (fascinating critters, really!)
I agree it's very annoying to have honey bees flying into your
home. You might talk to your neighbor and see if he/she has a
suggestion or if this has been an issue ever before.
Honey bees fly out of their hives in a particular pattern so if
they were coming in during the day it MIGHT be possible for him
to turn the hive in a different direction...however, you said
they are coming in at night. Bees don't tend to fly at night.
They stay close to home and are more docile. They are likely
drawn to the light (since they fly when it's warmer and light)
in the window.
I'd go for getting screens at any cost. Good luck.
fan of honey bees
Maybe you should just buy a couple of the insert screens that go
into the window temporarily while it's open (URL to sample
product below). They are inexpensive and available at most big
stores like Longs or Walgreens and you can take them with you if
you ever move. You might also want to check with the beekeeper
next door about what he/she would suggest to keep bees out of
your living space.
-Allergic to bee stings
Adjustable screens can be purchased at Home Depot. They are
inexpensive and will keep the bees out. That's the route I
would go as I think it will avoid conflict and provide the
A in Alameda
How about go buy your own screens? I realize this may cost you
all of fifty dollars, but it'll solve the problem.
Hi. You have a couple of options, actually. 1), You can talk
to your bee-keeping neighbors and explain your situation and
emphasize that you don't want to wake up the bees, sort-to-
speak, by reporting them as your landlord had suggested, and see
if you all can come up to some kind of compromise. Who knows,
they may have some screens for your windows?!! You won't know,
if you don't ask.
2) It's really your landlord's responsibility to make sure you
live in a habitable and comfortable unit. If he chooses not to
cooperate, you can take him to the Renter's Board in your area,
and take it from there.
3) You can always purchase some screens for your windows.
Something is bound to work. Speak up and see how your neighbors
can help you. Good luck!!
You sound like such a respectful person. That is kind of you to
respect your neighbors. I had an apartment with no screens and I
found these adjustable screens at Home Depot. You just slide them
open to mount them in the window. They aren't permanent so your
landlord cannot object and they are pretty cheap ~$10. Here is a
link so you can see what I am talking about:
Try OSH or Home Depot.
Hoping you will be Bee-Free!
Get a quote from screen mobile (see yellow pages) and/or a
couple of other broadly accepted screen vendors or installers.
Photocopy the quote(s). Speak (before you write a note) with
your neighbor and tell them simply and calmly of your concern.
Propose a solution (they re-imburse you for the screen and
installation). Hopefully that discussion will go well. Try to
keep it non-confrontational. You could bring it to a
neighborhood - city-sponsored mediator. Try to keep it civil.
Have you considered asking the beekeepers to pay for the screens?
Seems friendlier than reporting them to vector control. We have
those adjustable slider screens from the hardware store. They're
not insect tight, but they would probably keep out curious bees.
I was immediately drawn to your email because my father is a
beekeeper and I've worked with him for many years. I
understand how disconcerting it is to have bees flying into
your home (although it seems very strange that they would do
that unless the beehive is EXTREMELY close to your window).
Also, it is completely impossible for bees to fly at night
because they can not see - they can only crawl. I know this
because beekeepers move bee hives only at night because they
can not fly then, only crawl. This is an indisputable fact of
nature. Based on your post, here are two suggestions:
1) get the screens installed because if there are bees getting
in, it is more than likely that numerous other pesky bugs are
getting in too - your landlord should probably have screens on
2) you might want to consider the possibility (again, I don't
know how close the hive is to your window or the exact living
situation there) that you have an unrelated nest around the
eves or windows of your own house (this may or may not be
actual bees - it is extremely common for people to think wasps
are bees. I just recently had an argument with my husband
about the critters in our backyard, which look much like honey
bees, but are actually wasps) - this would explain why they are
3) naturally, I feel some sympathy for your beekeeper
neighbours and I'd tend to say not to report them, but what you
definately should do is talk to them about the problem. If the
hive is too close to the windows of the apartment it is their
duty to move the hive so as not to burden other people with
rogue bees. Other people in your apartment may be having the
same problem. If they are polite and understanding about it, I
don't think you should report them. At least give them the
chance to solve the problem. Also, once you have screens, it
shouldn't matter at all.
You should really look into the possibility that these are not
your neighbour's rogue bees. This is another reason for not
reporting them - they may be doing no harm at all! If bees
really are flying in at night when it is dark outside, they are
coming from somewhere much too close to your window to be your
neighbour's bees. It is more than likely that there is
actually a nest around your window and they are coming from
there. In which case they may or may not be honey bees.
You can get adjustable window screens at most hardware stores-I
found them at Bolfings Elmwood on College Ave. The screen
material is set into a wooden ''slider'' frame that expands to
fit the window width, and comes in several heights. The weight
of the window sash resting on the top of the wooden frame holds
them in place. They are not expensive and easy to take in and
out as the seasons change, and you can take them with you to
your next home!
Unless you have casement windows, it's pretty easy to pick up an
expand-to-fit window screen at a hardware store.
I bought screens when I had bug problems to my apartment.
According to the law, the tenant is responsible for screens, not
the landlord. I could have not bought them and continued to be
unhappy but they provided the safety and peace I was looking for.
while i truly believe that your landlord should provide you with window
would ask the beekeepers to buy and install screens for your windows. i'm
comply if you explain that you are asking in lieu of reporting them to
I can imagine having bees flying around your living room is a
distraction, to say the least. However, I also thinks it's really
cool that your neighbors are keeping bees.
There are window screens that are removable, as in they just rest
in the window when it's open, and are removed when the window is
closed. They are framed w/ metal or wood. I don't where you can
get them, but I have seen them. That would be way less expensive
than having custom screens built. Heck, you could easily make
screens yourself by making properly sized wood frames and tacking
mesh to it.
I do hope you don't end up calling vector control. Bees are good!
It seems to me that your landlord is not being responsible in not putting
into your windows. You could start with the Oakland Rent Board
If they cannot help you they can probably refer you to how to get help
screens. Good luck with getting screens for your windows.
Also, I wanted to let you know that bees are not vectors, and in fact, bee
populations are declining around the U.S. (and probably the world) and
this is cause
for worry about the stability of some plant populations and specific plant
(since bees are pollinators). So I say: Hurray for the beekeepers!
First, I would suggest you get the East Bay Express (maybe online?)
article that came
out this summer about backyard beekeeping... for the most part it is not
but a valuable service for the general community (and their plants).
they are within their rights. And if they're not-- vector control is for
insects that carry disease), which would not include bees.
So-- here is the least problematic solution to your problem, MAKE some
your windows. My husband just did this for our house since our windows
being maufactured in the 50's. It cost about $30 for the screen material
and the rim
stuff from the hardware store, and he built 2 in about 25 minutes. He's
handy, but not a contractor or anything-- I think he needed a jigsaw or
like that to cut the rim material. And, you'd learn a valuable skill that
might come in
handy when you are a homeowner yourself.
You could ask your landlord to pay for the materials-- but either way it's
not a big
investment, and would make you happy. WAY happier than arguing with your
landlords and or neighbors about a situation that is not likely to change
You can do it!
Home Depot has screens you can buy that are very cheap and they
are made to adjust to any window. We have used them in rentals
that didn't come with screens.
Good for you for not wanting to report your neighbors- the
honeybee population worldwide is in steep decline, and scientists
have yet to figure out why that is. Because Honeybees are
critically important pollinators for much agriculture as well as
for home gardens and ornamental plants, it's very important that
all of us do everything possible to keep the bees that are left
But are you positive that it's your neighbor's bees that are
coming inside your apartment at night? That is actually extremely
unlikely since Honeybees are diurinal insects and are active only
during the daylight hours- they return to their hive at dusk and
don't go out again until dawn. They innately know the difference
between natural and artificial light, and also are attracted only
to flowering plants (their only food source), not to human food
or anything to be found in a human being's apartment!
There are some species of bees that are nocturnal, but not
Honeybees, and HBs are the only kind that beekeepers are
interested in. It's also possible that what you're thinking are
your neighbor's bees are actually yellow jackets, which are wasps
but many people mistakenly call them bees, or some other kind of
Yellow Jackets are officially diurnal, but they stay active later
into the evening than do Honey Bees, are attracted to artificial
light, and are attracted to human food (every barbecuer knows
that!). Take a good look at your invaders- wasps are
distinguished from bees by their ''wasp waist'', which is a an
effect of their two body segments being tightly and narrowly
connected to each other.
Links to pics:
Have you spoken to your neighbors?
Whatever flying insect is bothering you, you can buy inexpensive
little screens at larger hardware stores that fit right into your
The bees likely constitutes a public nuissance, as they likely
impeed the ''comfortable enjoyment of life or property'' to
a ''considerable number of persons'' in your neighborhood. Your
neighbor's landlord is legally responsible for any public
nuissance by his or tenant(s). The Oakland City Attorney is
responsible for determining if the activity is a public
nuisance, and will communicate with your neighbor's landlord
as necessary. The City Administrator Nuisance Abatament office
ph no is 238-7542.
Also, tell them to buzz off!
Active beehive in the ground next to front door
We have a very active and live beehive in the ground too close
to our front door and unsafe for kids and people walking in the
yard. Any recommendations on someone who could help move it
away - either off our property or farther away on our property.
I am trying to avoid destroying it entirely.
To safely and humanely remove bees, check out the Mount Diablo
Beekeepers Association at www.diablobees.org, then click on
swarm list. There is a detailed list of names and phone
numbers of beekeepers who will remove the bees without killing
them. A few resources are Steve's Bees at 925-254-8063 and A &
Bee Swarm Removal (ask for Stan Umlauft) at 800-500-4747/925-
458-3900. Or contact Khaled's Alive Bee Removal Service-their
24 hour emergency line is 510-388-9112/510-549-9509.
If it's in the ground then it's yellowjackets, not bees- very
different creatures! If it were a bee hive, then you could find a
local beekeeper to take it away, but nobody wants your
yellowjackets. It's best to call a pest control company.
There's a bee shortage this year, so I would call bee keeper and offer it to him/her for
free. Bees are quite precious with all the food they help us with. Glad you are taking
care of your hive.
May you have lots of sweetness
I'd recommend Bob the Beekeeper, based in Oakland. He removes
bees naturally, without use of pesticides or anything, and
relocates them to people who want to start hives. #: 510
268-8466 Good luck!
If you call Alameda Vector Control, they're in contact with
beekeepers who will come and get the hive.
Post your bee hive on Freecycle (some bee keeper in Alameda was
looking for swarms recently). They will come and get it and
relocate the hive. www.freecycle.org
Bees in the wall - How to remove them?
Can anyone help remove a bee hive within a wall? I installed
and vent and did some exterior work to my house and low and
behold, I've closed off entrance/exit to a bee hive and seem to
have trapped a zillion of them in frame of my house. I've
sprayed them, but it has not helped. I'm feeling bad for these
wonderful creatures who do so much for my garden! I don't know
in the least, how to get rid of them or remove them.
Help in North Oakland!
You need to get a professional beekeeper to come and remove the hive
from inside your wall. Merely spraying (which is what most
exterminators will do) is not enough, as bees will return to a hive. You
don't want bees in your wall. They can eat through the sheetrock. We had
this problem and we found a beekeeper who came in, vacuumed up the bees
to take back to his hives, removed the hive (and gave us a big chunk of
beeswax with honey in it) and charged us about $600 for it. (We had to
hire someone else to repair the wall.) Be warned, after the hive is
gone, bees that have left for the day will continue to return to try to
find their home and it will be like ''The Swarm'' is being acted out
live in your house. If you are squeamish about lots of dead bees (and I
mean lots), book a hotel room for the night and pay someone else to come
in an clean up.
We just had the same problem, bees in the wall. We paid a guy about $500
to remove them alive. They were honey bees. I don't have the number
handy, but I found
him on Craigslist.
I know what you mean about the dilemma; I too had a hive in my wall (but
they had a hole in which to escape) for awhile. I wanted to spray them,
but my landlord explained that they're practically becoming an
endangered species and to try and co-exist with them first. Lo and
behold, we get along just fine!
They don't bother me or my guests at all, and I have very prolific fruit
trees in exchange. Why don't you drill a small hole in the outer wall so
they can escape? They will most likely leave a hostile environment once
they have a way out!
Or, you could try the local beekeeping societies: San Francisco
Beekeepers' Association has swarm & nest removal contacts on this
Call Alameda County Vector Control. They helped us say goodbye to a big
yellow jacket nest about 3 years ago. They're usually freee and a great
use of tax dollars!
You really need a professional to deal with this problem. You can get
hurt. If you try to remove the hive where the queen is the rest of the
bees will do anything to get at you.
A professional is sometimes expensive, so I would suggest looking into a
local college or university with a that might be able to do it as a
class project for free. Maybe the UC Berkeley Dept of Entomology can
Hire a beekeeper to remove the nest. Look in the phone book - I did
this several years ago, paid about $60(???) and got a jar of honey out
of the deal and the bees harmlessly (to me and them) removed Buzz
Too many bees in my garden
I have a lot of bees in my garden -- I know that they're
beneficial and I don't mind a few but this year there are
suddenly a lot more there. My 6-year-old will no longer go out
there to play (I don't like it much either -- it's
nervewracking to garden out there when they're buzzing around
and I have been stung). We also like to eat outside in the warm
weather and this has become nearly impossible. When I look
up ''bee trap'' on the internet I find traps only for wasps and
yellow jackets. Do these generally work for bees also? Or do
people have other suggestions? I am pro-bee and anti-poison,
but having this many bees means we can't enjoy our yard. Thanks
for any suggestions you may have!
If you have a lot of bees and they are not yellow jackets (who
like to eat meat at barbeques) or wasps then perhaps you have a
bee hive near by. Can you tell what kind of bees they are? Are
they honey bees? If so, and if you can find where they are
living, and if their hive is on your property, then you could
call someone to collect them and take them asay (for a fee). IF
they are not honey bees, then (I hate to say it, but) the best
non-lethal option may be for you to pull up the plants that the
bees visit most or cut off those plants'flowers. Then the bees
won't come to your garden for nectar. There is a prof. at UC
Berkeley who is studying all sorts of bees and what flowers they
like to visit most. I think his name is Dr. Franke. He has a
web site that lists several of the plants that are most popular
to our native bees. (in fact, he may want to know what is
attracting so many bees to your garden). You could find that list
and exclude any of those plants form your garden. Or, better yet
you could transfer those plants to a part of your part of your
yard (or your neighbor's yard) where people don't spend as much time.
signed - anon mom
We discovered a swarming and growing beehive in our backyard
where my 2.9 y.o. loves to explore, so we have to remove it. I
don't know who to contact about this--the city? a gardener? I
live in Oakland & could use some recommendations.
Contact a local beekeeper, and they can help. Someone on the
Alamedafreecycle list (a yahoogroups list) recently posted notice
that she wants to be notified about swarms. Presumably she'll
take the honeybees off your hands.
Contact a beekeeper.
It's the season for bees to swarm. I'm a beekeeper in Alameda,
and I'd like to get notified for swarm removals. If you have a swarm in
your yard or know someone who does, please contact me. Help save the
bees, and there's a bit of honey in it for you!
call alameda county vector control.
Beehive in garage wall
I need help immediately. Bees have built a hive in opening
of the outside of my converted garage wall. Swarms of 50 or
more bees were observed just yesterday.
Is there a service to rid me of this mess? Does anyone have
experience and a recommendation for this situation.
There are a number of services in the yellow pages that will
spray the hive (many people recommended Vector Control of
Alameda County, but they only come if the bees are in the
ground). We chose, somewhat randomly, a service called
Bzzzz. I was too lazy to get bids, so don't know how they
compare, but they were nice and efficient and not too
expensive. If the bees are in your walls or chimney, as
ours were, beware. I wish I had duct taped a tarp around
the chimney and some windows that don't close well, because
the bees managed to find their way into the house after they
were sprayed, and they were literally carpeting the floors.
Check out the Oakland Beekeeper's Club. They don't have a
specific website that I can find, but should be in the phone
book. Also check out www.honeybee.com/beeclubs.htm. I
actually need bees for my hive, but I have no way to
transport them. Please email me if you can find someone who
can move them.
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