Better Business Bureau

Why Remove Honeycomb

The Importance Of Honeycomb Removal Service

Honeycomb removal is a necessary step in the bee removal process – when honeycomb is present. By doing so, not only will you prevent infestations from other pests and possible structural damage from melting honey but you’ll eliminate the risk of bees returning to your home.

In order to confirm these claims, excerpts from educational and government sites are listed below with a link to each site where the information was derived.

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“…Often, a customer will hire a PCO to remove a honey bee colony from the walls of a house, but the PCO will not remove the comb or inform the customer of the importance of comb-removal. Several days after the bee removal, insect larvae (including wax moth larvae and small hive beetle larvae) feeding on the remaining comb can to enter the home, or stored honey drips out through the ceiling or seeps into the drywall and causes a stain.”

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/afbee/resources/how_to_choose_PCO.pdf

“If the job ends with killing the bees, you have up to 10 pounds of dead bees, several more pounds of developing bee larvae, wax combs and up to 100 or so pounds of honey still inside. The rotting bees can smell pretty bad, and, with no bees to protect them, the combs may melt or fall. If this happens, honey will leak out and can seep out through your wallpaper and baseboards, and even between stories in a house. This is not good, and to avoid it you need to remove the dead bees and the nest. This almost always involves opening up the cavity (i.e. removing siding or wallboard) scraping out the mess, and then repairing the wall.”

http://bees.ucr.edu/pestbees.html#wall

“[Extermination can cause] adult bees fall into a large pile, they may hold their body moisture and rot in place, producing a very bad odor. Liquid from the decomposing mass frequently penetrates the structure, leading to costly replacements.

…Unattended honey stores can absorb moisture and ferment, creating gas that causes the cappings holding honey in the cells to burst. Gravity will start moving the honey down attached surfaces until it encounters a horizontal impediment, such as a window frame, doorframe, firebreak, ceiling, or floor. Honey then seeps through the drywall, leading to large amounts of cleanup and expensive replacement.”

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74159.html

“In a fairly short time there will be a considerable amount of wax and honey, and a large number of bees in the colony…If you are able to, remove the entire colony, paint over the nest area, fill the nest cavity with insulation, then seal and paint all entrance holes. Otherwise, another swarm may smell the old nest and move in.”

http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0179/

“Abandoned honeycombs can become infested with scavenger insects or may attract rodent pests which may enter the home and cause additional annoyance. Accordingly, removal and/or destruction of honey bee colonies in structures is advised, but it should be done with special care.”

http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-44.pdf