*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. It can not be stressed
enough that bee removal should only be performed
by a licensed and insured professional bee removal
company, as death or serious injury could result
to bystanders or the person attempting the bee
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 hives.
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. If you can't find what your
looking for there, feel free to call
Florida Bee Removal. We want your 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
Did you know?
*Honeybees are not
native to the USA. They are European in origin,
and were brought to North America by the early
control operators are the only people according to
Florida law that are allowed to apply pesticides
to honey bees for bee removal, so if you are
having a bee removal issue, contact a PCO.
*Honeybees are not
aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless
protecting their hive from an intruder or are
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 months.
*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 necessary.
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
*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.
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.
to the larger barbs in honey bees, yellow jackets
have lance like stingers with small barbs and are
capable of stinging repeatedly.
*Honey bees will
often form waxen nests attached to tree limbs and
structures (referred to as "exposed
Recently, a basketball-sized bee colony was
discovered hanging from a tree limb in Bradenton,
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
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.
you see a large cluster of bees with no apparent
bee hive, don't spray them with insecticide.
Chances are these bees are gentle, as they have no
babies or home to defend. Let Florida Bee
Removal perform a live bee removal for you at a
very low price. This is the chance to remove
the bees without killing them before they build a
bee hive on your property which they will defend
to the end!
because you have bees on your property does not
necessarily mean that the bees must be removed.
When you call Florida Bee Removal we may
ask you some questions and advise you a bee
removal visit is not necessary.
some bee swarms will simply move on and leave you
and your family alone.
now for all of your bee issues!
GREENING ( Huanglongbing---HLB
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
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
is an interesting link talking about citrus
greening and pesticides and the effect on the
media story of honeybees being lost due to
pesticides in orange groves.