BEE REMOVALIf you find honey bees swarming on your property, please don't harm them. Please do not spray the bees or call an exterminator (most exterminators will not spray bees) as beekeepers will not want to remove any honey bees that have been exposed to toxic chemicals. Please call a beekeeper who will come out and relocate them to a new home where they can safely continue their important work.
This is not as simple as picking up a swarm and takes construction skills, specialized equipment, and generally several hours to take care of. Below is a list of Virginia Beach Bee Club beekeepers who will remove honey bees from your structure, generally for a fee. The beekeeper will explain they process and what they charge.
Other than honey bees, here is a list of some of the Hampton Roads flying insects that may take up residence in your home, some of which are destructive pests and should be dealt with by an exterminator.
Carpenter Bees - They bore holes into trees (and untreated wood on houses, decks and fences) to build their nest and are hunted by woodpeckers and other birds. The tunnels they create provide a nursery for brood and storage for the pollen and nectar for the brood to develop. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for large bumble bees and are much larger than the average honey bee. You can buy or build traps for them if they become a problem, a quick internet search.
European Hornets - They are the only “real” hornets we have in the United States. They are large, intimidating and can sting. European Hornets will prey on many types of insects, both alive and dead, and are attracted to most anything sweet or protein based and will readily eat fruit and honeydew (tree and plant sap). This characteristic is why they are a lot like yellow jackets. Their nests are generally large and contain hundreds if not thousands of occupants just like yellow jackets. Common locations include tree nooks and hollows, under the siding of houses and in attics or crawl spaces. They typically like to find a space which will provide protection from the sun and rain. This space should be able to fit a football to medicine ball sized paper nest. Though the nest is constructed of this material which looks much like a paper wasp or bald faced hornet nest.
Yellow Jackets - They are wasps that can be identified by their distinctive combination of black-and-yellow color, small size (slightly larger than a bee), and entirely black antennae. Yellow jacket wasp nests usually last for only one season, dying off in winter. The nest is started by a single queen, called the foundress, and typically can reach the size of a basketball by the end of the season. By mid-June, the first adult workers emerge and assume the tasks of making the nest larger, foraging for food, caring for the queen and larvae, and defending the colony.
Bald-Faced Hornets - They are social insects, although not true hornets. They live in colonies that may contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They usually appear in late summer when populations are largest. Unlike other stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season. Bald-faced hornets build paper nests at least three or more feet off of the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds or other structures. These nests can be as large as 14 inches in diameter and more than 24 inches in length. They are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. This makes bald-faced hornet removal somewhat difficult. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again.
The following is a list of Virginia Beach Bee Club beekeepers who will remove honey bee swarms from your location. Please let the beekeeper know where the swarm is located, how long the bees have been there and the approximate size of the bee swarm. Some other questions you may be asked is:
How high are the bees from the ground?
Are they located on a tree or shrub branch and may the beekeeper cut it?
Is a ladder needed and does the beekeeper need to bring one?
Are they located on your or another owner's property?
Do you or any other owner give the beekeeper permission to remove the bees?
NOTE: This list is provided as a public service and Virginia Beach Bee Club is not responsible for the actions of members of this list.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -
|PROVIDER NAME||PHONE||EXPERIENCE|| CITIES SERVING|
|Al & Val Zavislak||757-689-7607||Swarms ||Virginia Beach / Pungo|
|Dave Kvello||757-343-2345||Swarms / Removals||VB / Chesapeake / Norfolk |
|Brian Krause||757-536-0546||Swarms||Virginia Beach|
|Paul Kist||757-672-8865||Swarms||Virginia Beach|
|Dawn James||757-685-5796||Swarms||Virginia Beach|
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*Additional providers to be added as they elect to be listed.