Jan 22, 2018
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What to Do About Bees in Your Trees

Bees are a vital component of nature, and necessary for human survival. They pollinate a wide range of vegetables and fruit trees, and they are responsible for producing 30% of food crops worldwide. A handful of visiting honeybees can be extremely beneficial for gardeners. However, a large hive can quickly overwhelm a small residential property. In addition, many people are allergic to bee stings, and families with small children would rather not host stinging insects in their backyard. At 404-CUT-TREE, we provide residential and commercial tree services for residents in Atlanta, Milton, Marietta, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Chamblee, and other metro area communities. Over the years, we’ve witnessed many cases of hives located in trees, and are happy to offer a few suggestions for safely removing them from your property.

Prevention is The Best Technique

If you want to avoid beehives, the most effective method is to keep them out of your yard right from the start. Large limbs and trunks that are severely damaged or decaying are the perfect target for wandering bees who are looking for a new home. Trimming and pruning trees regularly and getting an annual tree risk assessment can ensure that your trees remain healthy and vibrant.

3 Steps to Get Rid of Your Tree’s Beehive

If you’ve discovered a beehive hiding in a tree on your property, don’t panic. You can successfully remove the colony from your home or business without harming the bees or getting injured.

  • Seal Off the Hive – The first step is to seal off the entrance to the hive by wrapping it. This will keep the bees inside the tree, and help you avoid getting swarmed when approaching the tree. Check the tree well for any bored holes or natural crevices, as even small areas can allow the bees to exit the nest.
  • Remove the Nesting Area – Next, you’ll want to do your research and investigate the tree to determine where the hive is. If you’re absolutely sure the hive is still very small, there’s a chance you can trim around the area and cut the hive from the tree with the bees still trapped inside. However, if you’re unsure how large the hive is, or suspect that your trunk may be hollow, it’s important that you get help from a professional arborist. A large limb or decayed trunk can be very dangerous, not just because of the beehive but because it could fall on you, your home, or an innocent bystander.
  • Check to See if Local Beekeepers May Want the Hive – The Honeybee population is currently under threat. While killing the bees with insecticide after removal is an option, there is a more environmentally friendly and humane method. Check around your town for beekeepers who would likely be thrilled to take them off your hands.

Eliminating Other Common Stinging Insect Infestations

Unlike Honeybees, wasps are abundant and aren’t essential for plant reproduction. In small quantities, they can help reduce certain garden pests as many of these flying, stinging insects are carnivores. However, these species are much more aggressive and territorial than Honeybees and can create very large colonies quickly. In addition, they are able to deliver multiple stings that are very painful. Because of this, most families choose to eliminate wasp nests completely. Common varieties of wasps include yellow jackets and hornets, who often create underground nests near tree trunks, or hang aerial nests from tree branches. These nests can be successfully destroyed using insecticide dusts and sprays, or by carefully removing the aerial nest and disposing of it in a sealed container or trash bag.

Need Help from a Certified Arborist in Atlanta, GA? Call 404-CUT-TREE Today

Do you have a beehive or wasp nest that needs to go? Get help and advice from the certified arborists and tree care specialists at 404-CUT-TREE. Our mobile team of experts will come to your home or business with all the tools and equipment needed to safely remove the invasive species and help reduce the chances of their return. Call today for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment.