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A beehive in or around your home will put your children, pets, and visitors at serious risk for multiple stings and severe allergic reactions. Contact our professional home pest control and commercial pest control exterminators, fully trained in bee and beehive removal.

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Life in the Hive

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Honey bees live on nectar and pollen dust. More importantly, they are among the many animals and insects that help pollinate our plant life, enabling them reproduce and produce many of the foods human being enjoy today, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts – 33% of the human food supply. Honey bees have a long, straw-like tongue called a proboscis that permits them to drink the nectar from inside a flower’s stamen. Honey bees are likewise outfitted with two wings, two antennae, and three fragmented body parts (the head, the thorax, and the abdomen). Bumble bees are social insects that live in provinces. The hive populace consists of a queen, several hundred drones that can mate with the queen, and thousands of female workers.

Who To Call When You Need Bee Removal

Honeybee pollinating a flower

If you discover that you have undesirable honey bees around your home or business, DON’T ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE BEES YOURSELF UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED BEEKEEPER! Instead, contact our pest control experts in Muskegon, MI, and we can refer you to a local beekeeper who might have the expertise to provide honey bee removal without killing them.

Most beekeepers will work with bumble bees for hive and bee removal, but don’t as a rule provide hornet and wasp removal. Before you call a beekeeper, take a moment to read the information below to decide if you’re managing bumble bees or another type of bee or wasp. Once you’ve determined that you are dealing with bumble bees, utilize the honey bee removal contacts we’ve provided to locate a beekeeper in your area who can provide professional hive and honey bee removal.

Other Resources

Mud Dauber wasp gathering mud for a nest

Mud Dauber

Mud Daubers, or Mud Wasps, is a name commonly used to describe wasps that build their nests from mud. The Mud Dauber has 6 legs. It is long and slender with a thin, thread-like waist. Most resemble long slender wasps about .5 to 1 inch (25mm) in length.

Carpenter Bee close up

Carpenter Bees

Often referred to as Wood Bees, or Wood Burrowing Bees are a common bee found in West Michigan. Carpenter bees are often confused with Bumble Bees.

Bee stingers close up

Sting Treatment

Wash the sting area with soap and water. This not only removes any dirt but will also disinfect the area preparing it for possible further first aid. The area around the sting will turn red. It will possibly burn a little bit and swell up.

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