and Yellow Jacket issues
Florida Bee Removal, Inc. for all of your buzzing
Bee Removal specializes in live removal and relocation of
bees in Bradenton.
In addition to bee removal (including Africanized
bees) we remove wasps, hornets, yellow jackets as
well as bee hive and honey removal. We are
licensed and insured and service the entire state
of Florida. Call Florida Bee Removal whether
you need bee removal services, or perhaps you have
a bee swarm or yellow jacket nest on your property
and would just like additional information.
We have been in the bee removal business over 50
years and enjoy every adventure. You are never a bother to us, we love the phone to
buzz for bees!
MILLS - BEEKEEPER BS SCIENCE ED (Biology)
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-CERTIFIED PEST CONTROL
*The State of Florida
recommends that all bee colonies not managed by
beekeepers nesting in close proximity to areas
frequented by people or domestic animals be
eradicated by a licensed and insured Pest Control
Operator or removed by a registered beekeeper for
purposes of public safety.*
Pepper plants (Florida Holly)
Bee Removal, inc
USF SCIENCE EDUCATION
Keepers locate thousands of bee hives in close
proximity to this introduced invasive plant.
From mid August through September, the plants
produce tons of lemon-colored nectar. The honey
is excellent as a bakery ingredient. However,
the pure honey has a distinct bitter aftertaste.
Bee colonies prosper by storing surpluses up to
. Attempts at eradication or removal of this
plant has been unsuccessful.
Oh well; the bee and wasp population
benefits from the nectar and birds love the red
fruit. Bee swarms and bee scouts are abundant
due to the large number of reproductive bee
colonies. Removal of the bee hives occurs in
November after the nectar flow has ceased. Wild
bee issues slow after the removal of the managed
BEE WARE---BEE SWARMS ARE ON THE HORIZON
WESTERFELT FAMILY WAS HAVING A BACK-YARD
COOKOUT WHEN THE SKY SUDDENLY TURNED BLACK
WITH THOUSANDS OF SWARMING BEES. THE
INSECTS APPEARED INTERESTED IN A NEARBY
ORANGE TREE, ON WHICH THEY CLUSTERED. THE
MASS RESEMBLED A BASKETBALL. ALTHOUGH THIS
EVENT FRIGHTENED THE FAMILY, THE APIANS
DID NOT ATTEMPT TO ATACK ANYONE.
HONEY BEE SWARMS ARE, MOST OFTEN,
SPLITS FROM BEE HIVES IN AN ATTEMPT TO
INCREASE BEE HIVE NUMBERS. SINCE BEE HIVES
AND BEE KEEPERS HAVE INCREASED
LATELY, THE CHANCE OF WITNESSING A
BEE SWARM IS MORE LIKELY THAN PREVIOUS
YEARS (2014). BEE
SWARMING WILL COMMENCE, IN EARNEST, AROUND
MARCH FIRST AS ORANGE AND OTHER CITRUS
TREES BLOSSOM. CITIES WHICH MAY BE MOST
, WINTER HAVEN,
, SEBRING, AND OTHER
BEE REMOVAL CAN NORMALLY RELOCATE
BEE SWARMS TO A BEE KEEPER.
RAYMOND MILLS-BEE KEEPER BS USF
What type of bee do you have?
Identify your bee: Bumblebee,
Bee & Mining
These photos and descriptions of
different types of bees may help you better relay your
bee problem to a Florida Bee Removal specialist.
Did you know?
*Honeybees are not native
to the USA. They are European in origin, and were
brought to North America by the early settlers.
*Honeybees are not
aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless
protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly
*Honeybees represent a
highly organized society, with various bees having very
specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses,
guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers,
royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc.
*The queen bee can live
for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during
the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter
*In Florida ,
"managed bee hives" are cultured by bee
keepers. They are required to be registered, inspected
by DACS, and to consist of gentle stock. Harming or
theft of managed bee hives could be a 3rd degree felony.
A wild bee hive is one that has no bee keeper and
can be eradicated, by an authorized entity, if deemed
*Unlike bees, yellow
jackets do not store surpluses of honey, produce wax,
nor secrete royal jelly. Instead, they feed their brood
with meat products masticated from other insects or
other animals. The Yellow jacket species are very
aggressive, and like bee removal, yellow jacket removal
should not be attempted by a novice. Call a
*Bee removal is a
necessity, as bee infestations can cause thousands of
dollars in damage to your home or business. After
the bee removal, a comb filled with larvae, pollen and
honey still remain. Without the bees to regulate
the temperature of the comb the wax capping can
melt and the honey could leak out resulting in ruined
drywall, wall covering, carpet, etc.
*Often confused with
bees, yellow jackets are much more aggressive, and most
reported "bee stings" may in fact be yellow
jacket stings. Yellow Jackets are easily provoked
and unlike bees, they will attack in force chasing the
perceived threat for large distances. The easiest
and safest option for bee removal and yellow jacket
removal is to hire Florida Bee Removal. If you're
determined to do it yourself, know that the likelihood
of getting stung is high. Compared
to the larger barbs in honey bees, yellow jackets have
lance like stingers with small barbs and are capable of
male honey bee is known as a drone. His job is to chase
down a queen bee and inseminate her. The egg-bearing
queen can then lay either fertile or sterile brood. A
drone bee results from a non-fertile egg. Therefore, a
drone bee has grandparents and a mother but no father.
Honey bees will often form waxen nests attached to tree limbs and structures (referred to as "exposed colonies").
Recently, a basketball-sized bee colony was discovered hanging from a tree limb in Bradenton, Florida
the story and photos here with Tiffany Tompkins at
the Bradenton Herald). This bee relocation was accomplished
using a cardboard box and a laundry bag. After the bee box reached the apiary (bee yard), it was shaken into a wooden box of frames containing
wax foundation. Within a few days, it is hoped that the bee colony will store lots of honey and become better suited for
managed bee manipulations.
Below bee photos depict--bees in cardboard box, wax foundation/honey, and queen introduction.
now for all of your bee issues!
GREENING ( Huanglongbing---HLB
) WHAT IT
AND BEE POLLINATION IN FLORIDA
ANALYSIS BY: RAYMOND MILLS-BEE KEEPER
IS A BACTERIAL DISEASE, CARRIED BY A SMALL INSECT (
Asian Citrus Psyllid ) . IT CAUSES DEFORMED AND
UNPALATABLE FRUIT IN CITRUS TREES, A CHIEF SOURCE OF
NECTAR AND POLLEN FOR HONEY BEES. ONCE A TREE HAS BEEN
INFECTED, DEATH IS ASSURED WITHIN A FEW YEARS. SINCE
THIS DISEASE PRESENTS AN EMINENT THREAT TO BOTH CITRUS
AND ITS BEE VISITORS, PESTICIDES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR
CONTROL AND TREATMENT OF HLB.
POLK AND HIGHLAND COUNTIES HAVE LONG BEEN LEADING
PRODUCTION REGIONS OF CITRUS WHERE BEE KEEPERS HAVE
TRADITIONALLY PLACED THOUSANDS OF BEE HIVES
AND PRODUCED TONS OF DELECTABLE ORANGE BLOSSOM
HONEY. BEE HIVES ARE ALREADY PRESENT, IN LARGE NUMBERS,
ALONG THE HIGHLAND RIDGE, WHICH ORNATES SUCH CITIES AS:
LAKE ALFRED, HAINES CITY, DAVENPORT, WINTER HAVEN, AND LAKE
LARGE GROVES, RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE ALSO IN THE WAKE OF
THIS THREAT TO CITRUS AND BEE POLINATORS.
THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES, BOTH TO SOIL AND
FOLIAGE, PRESENTS A DANGER TO BEE POLLINATORS AND THE
BEE HIVES TO WHICH THEY MAY TRANSPORT TOXINS. TO LESSEN
THE PROBABILITY OF BEE DEATHS, PESTICIDES SHOULD NOT BE
APPLIED JUST PRIOR TO OR DURING BLOOMING. REMOVAL OF
AFFECTED TREES AND REMOVAL OF BEE HIVES, FROM
HLB-INFECTED AREAS SHOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED.
HLB IS A MORE SERIOUS THREAT THAN PREVIOUS
SUCH AS: CITRUS CANKER. WITH THIS NEW THREAT, INCREASED
HONEY BEE LOSSES CAN BEE ANTICIPATED UNTIL A CONTROL CAN
BE FOUND AND POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF ITS SEVERE
GREENING—UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA—EFFECTS ON HONEY BEE