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Angie's List: Live bee removal

There's one home problem that's not for do-it-yourselfers. It involves some small uninvited guests --- honeybees.

Experts say if a bee hive invades your home, it can have 50,000 bees on average. So what should you do if that happens?

"People always ask me if I get stung a lot, I have this really smart answer, I say not as many as I've been asked," said Beekeeper Ross Harding.
This is a normal day for Harding. He puts on his suit and goes to work removing honeybees from places they're not wanted.

Experts say there's been a sudden die-off in honeybee colonies and many homeowners are now requesting live removal.

"Live removal is really a great thing because basically you're just relocating the hive. You're not killing any bees. You're removing the entire colony and their comb and you're sealing up that hole so no bees will return, but then you can take that hive somewhere where they are actually wanted," said Harding.

Angie's List recommends asking a few key questions before hiring a bee specialist. Such as, what do the services cover? How many removals have they performed? And will they remove the honeycomb? Experts say a honeycomb left unattended will melt into a sticky mess that could seep through your walls, attracting even more bees.

"Getting rid of bees is not a do-it-yourself project. In fact, last summer when I had bees attacking my kid's swing set I called in a professional and the reason is you might not realize how big of a problem it is until you're actually in the midst of fixing it, you might see a few bees, but there might be a lot more behind where you can't see. Hiring a professional can make sure it's done safely," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List Founder.

"A lot of people see bees coming and going from their house and one of the first instincts is to spray. If you were to spray an entire can of bee killer in that hole, yeah you are going to kill a bunch of bees and you might notice them stop coming and going for a couple of days, but the colony goes way far back into the house or wherever and you're not killing all the larvae either so you'll kill a bunch of bees but down here is a bunch of living bees," said Harding.

If the bee removal experts cut into your ceilings or walls, you may have to hire a separate contractor to repair the damage.

Experts say a bee removal in a home could cost between $200 and $800.
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