Bee Removal

***Rio Bravo Apiaries is the only Beekeeper that resides in Laredo, Texas and is allowed to remove bees by the State of Texas. List of permited Beekeepers in the State of Texas Anyone else offering to remove bees is a pest control operator that exterminates the bees or is not removing bees legally. ***

Live Bee Removal/Extractions are our specialty. We offer a solution to your bee problem by collecting feral hives that have become a nuisance to the public. What we do: We remove the unwanted bee colony, including the bees and honey comb, and we try to perform the least amount of demolition required to remove the hive. We want to lower the financial burden placed upon our customers when repairing the occupied structure. It is also a desire that undue stress not be placed on the colony so that it is given the best opportunity to recover and be productive in a commercial hive. By catching the queen and removing all of the baby bees we ensure the bees can't continue to make a hive. By removing all of the honey comb we make sure the honey doesn't melt and ferment inside you wall making a bigger mess and a more costly repair.

A swarm has picked my property to visit what is happening?

Swarming is the technical term that beekeepers use to describe a honeybee colony reproducing. This usually happens during spring when the flowers are blooming but it can happen anytime of year when there is an abundance of bee food. The hive has decided it has enough resources to split so the hive makes a new queen, while the old queen and about half the workers leave the hive. This is what is happening when you see a cluster of bees hanging of a branch. They are in search of a new home. They are looking for a an empty space or cavity that they can make honey combs in. A swarm designed to rapidly expand. Given a week's time a large swarm can fill an area the size of a 5 gallon bucket. The queen can lay as many as 9000 eggs in a day, that is more then her own body weight. Within 9 days the first eggs are sealed and the larva is turning in to pupa. What this means for the property owner is that the little swarm is quickly expanding and will soon be a safety hazard and the potential for property damage is greater. As a beekeeper I use my knowledge of honey bees combined with my history in the construction industry to find the honeybee colony.

Bee Hive removal, repair and Preventing future infestations

The only way to ensure the bees are remove is to open up the area and remove all of the hive. An application of poison might kill the bees that you can see but it won't kill the bees that are under the sealed wax cappings waiting to emerge or the bees protected in the back of the nest. Only during physical removal can you bee sure that you actually remove the bees. Repair is a simple process but special care must be given to properly fill the cavity and seal up or bee-proof the area or else bees will be attracted the previous site and a new swarm will move in a make a hive.

So why not a pest control operator instead of a beekeepers?

If you done any research honeybee colonies are in danger. Most commercial beekeepers are reporting average winter losses of over 30% and in 2014 summer losses reached over 40%. This is due to colony collapse disorder, the spread of bee pests like the varroa mite, and many bee diseases like American foul brood and deformed wing virus. By relocating bees rather then exterminating them the bees go to work away from people and into Texas brush country or on to farmer's fields. They will be allowed to prosper and their genetics get carried forwards. This genetic diversity is the answer to honeybee health. Not to mention a pest control operator might spray poison leaving the home owner to cleanup all the dead bees and poisoned honey. The biggest concern should be hiring a professional that will do a complete removal and do It safely.

Why do a removal with demolition?

I would love to tell people there is a simple answer to all of their problems. That we can spray some poison in the entrance of the hive and the bees will just leave. I understand you didn't ask for the bees to make a home in your property but I don't want to lie and tell you what you want to hear. I try to be completely honest with the home owner so there are no surprises. So the bad news is that if you have a bee hive, to properly remove it we have to open up the area and cut away the comb by hand. The good news is I have a lot of experience and will try minimize the demolition required and once properly sealed you have a very little chance of a repeat hive in the same spot. This method is the most effective for removing the bees the first time, preventing the damage from moldy, fermented, melted, honey combs that are left in the cavity, and preventing a repeat hive.