When the entire hive has been killed, the honeybees naturally have no reaction to being removed, and humane honey bee removal can take place with no harm to the bees whatsoever. The process of removing a swarm of honeybees is a process that should be left to a professional beekeeper with the proper experience. The best way to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible is to check with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture or the Kentucky Beekeepers Association for their regulations for bee removal in the state.
Before any humane honey bee removal takes place it is important that you know your local laws and how much space is allowed for the extraction. There may be restrictions on where the hives are placed on the property and there may also be rules about how many bees are allowed to be removed at one time. It is important that you ask about these before beginning any type of honey removal to make sure that everything is in compliance with local laws. You should also have a well-stocked supply of insecticides handy to deal with the eventual swarm of honey bees that may occur after the extraction.
After the initial honey extraction is complete, it is best to leave the honeybees alone. However, some states and local municipalities do have restrictions on keeping honeybees, so it is always best to verify these guidelines before beginning any humane honey bee removal. Remember, that by removing the bees you will not be affecting any other beneficial insects that may be in the area. It is better to make sure that the area is free of other bees than to remove the honeybees themselves.
Once the honey bees are removed completely from the area, there will need to be some time allowed for the pollination process to occur. The purpose of this time period is to allow the bees to build up the honey that is needed to pollinate your plants. The timing for pollination can vary by species, so it is always best to ask an expert in order to get the best advice. This information can be found in any related post on beekeeping or in a book such as “The American Bee Journal.”
After the time has elapsed, it is time to extract the honey from the hive. The process of harvesting the honey from the honey bee hive is actually quite simple. Once the bees have finished building the frames they will reach out and grab the pollen that is available. This pollen is then transferred into jars which are typically labeled “harvest”. These jars should not be used to store food as honey is not digestible, however it is excellent for baking and cooking purposes.
In order to ensure that no harm comes to the bees while harvesting the honey a special device is worn by the beekeeper. This device is known as a “suit”, and it consists of a head covering called a “suitcase” and veil. The suit serves to protect the beekeeper from being stung by the worker bees, drone bees, and honey bees. A beekeeper uses the suit to cover their face, neck, arms, and hands.
Before any of the steps to be taken in the honey bee removal process take into consideration any ordinances in the surrounding areas where the bee removal is to take place. Some localities do not allow the removal of bees without the proper license. Bees have been known to enter homes through cracks in walls, doors, windows, and even swimming pools. It is very important that these surrounding areas are kept free of bees at all times. If they are not then there is a chance for harm coming to the individuals doing the work as well as the people living in the surrounding areas.
The last step of the bee removal process involves removing the queen. It is important that no one get hurt during this process. The beekeeper will need to distract the queen with either a smoke or with a sound that will distract her. Then a hoe or other type of worker will cut through the center of the comb. The beekeeper will then have to extract the bees from their holding area before leaving the area.