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Honey Bee Removal in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Honey bees on their comb inside the exposed wall of a house.

Honey bees are overwhelming beneficial and essential insects, especially in agricultural states like Georgia. Their tireless pollination activity is vital to our agricultural economy. That's why more so than any other insect, honey bees are treated with respect. As a general rule, they should be left alone to do their work unless there's a good reason to remove them.

The most common reason why it becomes necessary to remove a honey bee colony is when the bees build their nest in a place where it poses a risk to people. Honey bees usually don't attack humans, but if they feel threatened they can get extremely aggressive and sting in great numbers. For people who are allergic to bee stings, this can be fatal. So when honey bees get into homes or other human-occupied buildings, or when they build their nests very close to playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, recreation areas, or other places where humans gather, they have to be removed.

Unlike the case with other stinging insects such as wasps and hornets, when removing a honey bee colony, the nest itself must be removed. That's because the nest contains honey and beeswax that will melt once the bees are removed. They cool it with their wings, so once they're gone, the honey and wax will melt. Aside from making a big mess, this would create a fire hazard and attract other insects and animals if it were left inside a wall or ceiling; so we have to cut through the sheetrock or other building material to physically remove the nest. This is unavoidable.

Fortunately for our customers, our crews are equipped with the latest cutting-edge infrared imaging equipment that allows them to "see" honey bee nests even when they're hidden inside walls and ceilings. This allows our technicians to accurately locate and neatly remove the entire hive with a minimum of cutting, making for easier repairs.

Honey Bee Biology

Honey bees are common in the Athens, Georgia area and throughout most of the United States. They are advanced social insects that live in colonies of hundreds or thousands of individual bees, with a highly-developed division of labor, and at least two languages: Bees are able to communicate by way of pheromones (chemical messengers that the bees secrete), and also by way of a complex language of flight movements by which they can communicate things like the location of nectar or the presence of threats to the nest.

It is likely that it is this honey bee "body language " that accounts for the speed with which the members of a bee colony can muster up a detail to defend the colony against threats. Honey bees are not especially aggressive and usually don't bother humans who casually walk past their nests or browsing areas. But once they believe that you're a threat, they will quickly form a battalion to attack in great numbers.

At the center of the colony's activity is the Queen, whose primary role is reproduction, and whose pheromones regulate many of the colony's activities. A healthy queen honey bee can lay between 1,000 and 1,500 eggs a day, and usually is the mother of all or nearly all the bees in the colony.

Honey Bee Extraction and Removal

Thermal Imaging Picture of a Beehive Inside a Wall Thermal Image of a Bee Hive taken through the Sheetrock

Very often, the most difficult part of treating a honey bee problem is finding the nest. Because honey bee nests contain honey, leaving the nest in place is not an option. Without the bees to cool it, the honey will melt, staining the walls or ceilings around it and attracting insects and other vermin. So a proper honey bee job includes removal of the nest.

The problem is that very often, the actual nest can be hidden in a wall, ceiling, soffit, or other void, quite a distance from the holes where we see the bees entering and exiting. Rather than tearing up your entire house looking for a bee hive, we have a variety of methods that we can use to locate it with precision. These methods range from simple stethoscopes to listen for the bees' buzzing, to high-tech infrared cameras that let us "see" the nest inside walls and ceilings.

By whatever means we're able to do it, precisely locating the honey bee nest allows Rid-A-Critter technicians to remove it with a minimum of cutting and fuss; so if it's necessary to cut open the Sheetrock to remove the nest, we know exactly where to do it.

Having the right equipment is just one of the things that sets Rid-A-Critter apart as the region's leader in honey bee removal. If you have a problem with honey bees, please contact us for a speedy, scientific solution.

Honey Bee Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of honey bee extraction jobs we've done in the Athens area.

 

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Busy day, was in Rome for squirrels, then powder springs and Atlanta for rats
by Chris Collender
Jan 26, 2022 06:14:43 pm.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
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Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
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Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
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Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
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Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

Outside wildlife is beautiful, but not so much if it’s in your home! We can help you keep the animals out! Give us a call for humane removal, and exclusion!
by Amber A.
Nov 19, 2021 09:33:12 am.

Busy day. In Tuscaloosa we have a customer with a bad wildlife problem. They have raccoons, rats, and squirrels. Got my crew in Birmingham for an exclusion for rats.
by Chris Scott
Nov 18, 2021 10:51:23 am.

Good morning everyone! Headed off to Birmingham lots of wildlife activity. My guys are sealing some houses today with raccoons and rats. Call Ridacritter (205) 490-6200 for any wildlife issues you have.
by Chris Scott
Nov 16, 2021 07:45:16 am.

Did you know mice don’t like the cold? If they choose your home to get warm in, give us a call. We can help!!
by Amber A.
Nov 15, 2021 06:59:47 pm.

Headed out to Alabaster and then Tuscaloosa. Got some quotes for customers with squirrel issues. Couple crews out sealing houses in the Birmingham area for some squirrel and mouse issues.
by Chris Scott
Nov 10, 2021 09:24:24 am.

It’s ok to get your Christmas decorations out of the attic a little early, but it’s not ok if you see some furry friends up there hiding in the boxes! If you have some extra visitors, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Nov 09, 2021 08:23:47 am.

The squirrels are in the lead for most calls this week! Lots of squirrel activity with this chilly weather! Give us a call for an estimate to animal proof your home.
by Amber A.
Nov 05, 2021 08:33:53 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides honey bee removal in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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