YELLOW JACKET OR BEE HIVE CUT-OUTS

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If the hive is inside a wall, ceiling, soffit box or any structure we have two options.  First, we have to locate the hive and determine if it makes sense to cut into or dismantle any construction material to gain access to the hive or if it is better to get pesticides deep into the hive to destroy the Queen & hive.  If we can access the hive we prefer to remove it.  If it is inaccessible then obviously we revert to pesticide treatments.  But when we do it we are in protective clothing so we can get the pesticides deep into the hive and not just spray the entrance.

WARNING!!!   More times than not if someone just sprays the entrance and does not penetrate the hive it could force the hive to go deeper into the wall and oftentimes breach into the home.   

The problem with a nest in a wall void is that the yellowjackets constantly try to expand their nest by chewing.  If they are behind sheetrock, it is easy to break through the wall. If you hear noises in the wall and suspect you have a hive, you could have an emergency in the making.  Contact us- we can help!

bee hive locatorHere are the typical steps in the hive cut-out process:

1 – We get on protective clothing, bring our gear inside, prepare the room and attempt to locate the hive.

2 – Once we locate the hive, we determine what is the least costly way to access the hive.  When I speak in terms of less costly we consider both our time & cost of the material we need to cut into.  (i.e., it is always less expensive to cut into drywall rather than siding.)  We take into considerations that you are going to have to hire someone to repair the hole we cut so we keep that in mind while making the decision to cut.

3 – We access the hive, containing all of the insects during the process to remove the Queen & hive.  You do not want to leave it in the wall if removal is an option.  It will attract ants, roaches and rats – all kinds of unwanted pests.

4 – We tape up the hole temporarily and discuss options like spraying the cavity or the entrance outside & caulking or excluding the entry point so no further hornets can enter.

5 – We clean-up our mess & leave.


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE HIVE CUT-OUT

THIS IS IMPORTANT INFO! With all hives, there are hunters out during the day.  When we get to the hive we try to contain all of the insects and remove them.  After our work is done, unless the outside was excluded so no more insects can get to the hive, then some may return.

If they hunters create a second or additional entrance into the wall void they may start to build paper again.  But understand that 99% of the time we get the Queen so there aren’t any pupae in the hive. It is normally just an empty comb.  If we have to come back out there are fees associated with the second trip as well.  Just know this is a rare situation but we love transparency and now you know the “what-if”.

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