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Live Bee Removal is an option... please do not spray or kill honey bees.
Live Bee Removal services in Los Alamos, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria
Contact us for more info - 698-0505

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bee Swarm Removal -


Isla Vista and Santa Barbara swarms.  A couple of late swarms - most likely will get added to another colony.



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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Santa Barbara Bee Removal

Hive in Electrical Box - Santa Barbara
Exterior electrical boxes need to be kept in good repair. Scout bees will find the crack in the boards (2nd photo) and direct the swarm to a new hive location. This was a new hive, 4 sheets of comb approx. 10 inches long. The owner was fortunate to have found it and have it removed sooner, rather than later.  Given enough time, next spring the bees would have continued to draw out comb to cover the boxes and wiring shown.





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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lompoc Hive Removal

Hives can look inconspicuous, but letting them go unchecked for years just means there will be more to remove later.  Many owners become accustomed to bees in a wall, shed, or out-building... but there always comes a time when the bees just become bothersome. 

Storage Building - Yellow spots in lower right of photo is
expanding foam - - It will not keep bees out!

Low and behold - that hive was quite large, with at
 least 40 lbs. of excess honey!
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Bee Removal Oak Tree

This is a great example of a bait hive set-up on a large oak tree. The hive has been present for quite some time, and at least one point in the past there was a failed attempt to exterminate the hive. With the proper set-up and follow-up a bait hive can be quite effective at removing bees from unwanted locations.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Santa Barbara Bee Removal

Here is a another example of bees moving into a roof space behind eaves that were not properly sealed. The bees have a hard time resisting a space that has a defensible (small opening) space that leads to a larger area behind. These bees were relocated before roofers were going to remove and replace the roof.


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Friday, June 8, 2012

Live Bee Removal Santa Barbara

Live Bee Removal.  Here is a series of photos that take you through the process of set-up, removal, clean-up before repair, and then the drywall patch to repair.  The room is left the way it was found, clean and ready for living (minus a bit of touch up paint for the ceiling).

1)  Small hive that moved into attic space
through the vent.


2)  A shot of the room that has been screened off
to help protect against dust, debris, and bees.

3) Bees and comb removed, insulation is placed in
space after entrance has been closed.

4) The drywall is patched, taped, and first coat
of mud applied before clean-up.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bee Removal Goleta

This is a great example of a hive that was located in the floor space of a backyard shed.  The bees went unnoticed for more than a year since the hive entrance was on the side of the shed.  The owner happened to notice a large amount of bees one sunny afternoon and tracked them back to the opening.

This was a piece of the floor that was cut out and flipped upside down to
reveal the hive.  Once the hive and bees were removed, the entrance was sealed,
insulation was used to fill the space, and the floor was repaired.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bee Swarm Removal Santa Barbara

A couple of photos that show the swarm ball before capture and then the box used to collect the bees.  A frame of bee comb is placed in the box and the swarm ball is cut from the bush and carefully placed in the box.  The lid is left ajar so returning bees can find the queen.  The box is then picked up at dusk.


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Santa Barbara Bee Removal

This hive was located in the side of a house entering through the plumbing access panel.  If you have any such panels in our around your house make sure they have a good solid seal.  If not you may be inviting bees to take up residence.

A bit lucky the bees started to draw comb near the entrance rather
than down the wall along the side of the bathtub!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bee Swarm Removal Santa Barbara

This is pretty typical.  Bees regularly move into small spaces around a garden - compost bins, worm boxes, large covered pots, irrigation boxes.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Bee Removal Stucco Wall

This was a double hive removal from a long stucco wall that surrounds the main house on a ranch.  The first hive was quite large, the bees accessing the wall space from a crack in the top caused by a large jacaranda branch.  The second hive was much smaller, and it looked as if a something had been feeding on the comb. The crack in the stucco caused by age and deterioration.



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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Live Bee Removal Santa Barbara

Here's a typical Santa Barbara bee removal and another example of a small hole (great defensible space), that leads to a larger, dark space that can comfortably house a growing hive of bees.  Left unchecked, hives in floor, wall, and attic spaces can grow to over 8 feet long.  This hive was relatively young and only had 6 sheets of comb.

The hive entrance is right behind the base of the vines... it looks so
innocent, almost hiding from the passerby.
Under the shed between the shed floor and subfloor was 6 sheets of
comb just like this one.  This was a relatively new hive.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bee Hive Removal Santa Barbara

What appeared to be a decent sized swarm after cutting back the trumpet vine ended up being a large established hive in the interior of the wall.  The bees moved in through a hole created by a stake to wire and support the vine. I was a perfect space for the bees before being relocated to a more people friendly location of an orchard.

Oh, those pesky holes left in stucco... offer a defensible space to bees. 
The hive contained 7 sheets of large, wide comb.  These were cut to fit
and reattached to standard deep frames. 

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Bee Swarm Removal Isla Vista

This was a swarm was located at a large student housing construction site in Isla Vista.  The crew closed up shop on Friday and found a high level of bee activity on the 3rd floor as they were prepping for drywall.  After pulling down the insulation panel this large swarm was captured via Bee Vac and box.

A basketball size swarm that moved in above an insulation panel.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bee Removal Santa Ynez

This was a hive that wasn't immense in the size of comb already drawn out, but it was very large as far as the quantity of the number of bees present (possibly some robbing activity).  It was tricky to access safely, a primary concern for the Santa Barbara Bee Company, but in the end all the comb and bees were relocated to a Santa Barbara orchard.

Looking out away from the hive as the foragers return from the field.
A bit complicated to access - we used a small scaffold on the 1st story over
hang to reach the light fixture that the bees moved in behind.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Live Bee Removal - Lompoc Ranch

If you have had bees before, take care and seal up all cracks and openings.  If you forget, or put it off until later you may be tempting fate!  Bees love to move into spaces that already have a bee scent...



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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bee Removal Hope Ranch

This was a challenging removal - tight squeeze, red tile roof, stucco soffit.... lots of prep and set-up went in to this removal, but in the end all bees and comb were removed.



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Monday, April 23, 2012

Bee Removal Santa Ynez

Bees like to move into spaces that house electrical boxes.  This was at a home that had hook-ups for a generator, but the cover didn't have a good seal.  These bees were relocated to an orchard in Santa Barbara.


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Goleta Bee Hive Removal

This was a fun removal for Goleta Valley Beautiful.  The hive was located in the hollow of a large branch that had fallen and was sitting at the base of a tree reported to be approximately 250 years old. That would put this magnificent tree as a seedling in the year 1762... amazing!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Exposed Hive Removal - Resort Hotel

This was an enormous exposed hive about 40 feet up in a very large oak tree.  It is hard to judge size by the photo, but to give you perspective, once it was cut from the tree, we placed in in an extra large plastic trash can I picked up at OSH.  I put a screened vent about midway up the can and a 4 inch wide slit at the bottom for an entrance.  To get to the hive we had a Pettibone crane lift us up in a bucket.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Swarm Removal Santa Barbara

A swarm in a gutter.  It seemed that the bees were attempting to enter the stucco soffit, underneath the eaves.  This homeowner was lucky that we were able to scoop the bees into a box before they could find their way into a new home.



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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bee Hive / Swarm Removal Santa Barbara

This was a nice sized swarm that moved into a spa through the vent in the side panels. The bees had only been present for a couple of days and had already drawn out 1 oblong piece of comb approx. 8 inches long. There were a lot of bees, many more than can bee seen from the photo.  The ball extended up several more inches above the red board.



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Santa Barbara Bee Swarm Removal

This was a very large swarm positioned up in a young jacaranda tree at a local shopping center. The ball was dropped into a box and then the box was placed into a tree to collect those still flying in the air.




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Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Bee Swarm Removal Goleta

Here was an interesting swarm... on the ground!  A Goleta resident noticed a pancake of bees in front of his house and called  to have them removed.  I did a quick inspection and the bees seemed healthy. I didn't notice mites on the drones or the bees having any other trouble. After poking around the mass for a moment we found the queen so I placed the nuc box in front of the bees and they rushed right for the entrance.  After 20 minutes or so, the bees were in the box and ready to go home.


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bee Hive Removal Santa Barbara

This happened to be one of our easier removals of the season, even though this hive had been in this two-sided gate for several years.  As we moved through the comb, it was evident that the hive had recently swarmed and not yet come back to full strength.  There was some new brood present, just not in large numbers for a typical hive this size.  Most of the empty cells were being filled with honey. We cut the comb and hung it on 8 frames and placed it all in the box.  A day after the heavy rains, the bees were very active acclimating to their new surroundings.


The piece of wood on the ground enclosed the interior of the gate.
The hive entrance was a small opening used for the gate lock.




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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bee Hive Removal Montecito

Here is a full removal - a bit complex since the hive was located so high up.  We had to set-up a full scaffold to reach all the way to the upper reaches of the hive.  This was a hive that was several seasons old.  Just the season prior the same structure had a large hive just to the right edge which was exterminated.  We're happy that we had a chance to remove this one!




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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Free Bee Swarm Removal Santa Barbara

This was the second swarm in as many days from a feral hive in a large tree (see post below for 1st swarm).  The owners called about the second set of bees, this time on the net for hitting balls into...






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