Frequently Asked Questions

We want to educate our customers about bees, so here we address a few FAQs we hear pretty often from our customers. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact JR Bees today!

What is the difference between a bee hive and a swarm?

A beehive is an established colony of bees, where as a swarm is about half of an established bee hive’s population flying or clustering up outside of the hive with their queen and looking for a new location to build their hive. Swarms are generally non-aggressive.

What should I do if I see a very large clump of bees hanging somewhere near a populated area?

This is likely a swarm of bees –do not attempt to remove or exterminate! Keep yourself and your surroundings safe by calling a live removal service at your earliest convenience. They will attend to the situation at a small cost and will keep safety at top of mind.

Why should I call for live bee removal rather than just exterminate them?

1) A Stable Agricultural Economy:
By transferring pollen to and from plants, honeybees hold a unique and integral roll in our environment. Adequate pollination is imperative for the successes of crops year after year. Some crops, including blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination. By choosing live removal rather than extermination, you are doing your part to keep balance of this cycle. A healthy beekeeping industry is invaluable to a stable agricultural economy.

2) Removal Technique:
Exterminators are knowledgeable about pests and chemical applications. Honeybees are a unique colony insect that requires specific techniques in order to properly remove and relocate. In my experience exterminators often leave some or all honeycomb behind which attracts a return hive and if the hive happens to be inside a wall the leftover honey can cause damage and attract pests/rodents.

How long does it take to do a live bee removal?

Depending on the location and size of the hive it typically takes anywhere from 1-4 hours to reveal and clean out the hive. Once the combs have been moved into my box along with the queen bee, we just wait until sundown for the rest of the bees to gather in.

Can I remove the bees myself?

I would never recommend for anyone that doesn't have experience in beekeeping to try and remove a beehive. It is dangerous and without the proper safety equipment, it could have disastrous results.

Why do I keep getting bees?

If you have had a beehive removed from your property and bees have moved back into that same spot, something was left behind or not properly sealed back up. At J R Bees we specialize in preventing return hives by cleaning out the comb and properly sealing up the emptied cavity.

Where do you take your bees?

J R Bees, LLC has a registered apiary on the Bluebird Canyon Ranch out in Vista, CA. We relocate our beehives there as well as a couple other apiary locations throughout the county.

Do you remove bees for free?

We do not perform live bee removals for free, but rather perform a quality service worth paying for! There are many costs involved with re-homing the hives as well as maintaining them throughout the year. Your payment would go toward these costs therefore, you would be having a very real part in helping to save the bees!

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So You Want Your Own Hive?

If you’re looking to adopt your own local rescue beehive, then you’ve come to the right place. J R Bees has partnered with another locally based small “bee-based” business called You Me and the Bees, LLC, and they are happy to get you set up with everything you need! Whether you are looking to learn alongside a more experienced beekeeper and eventually take over caring for your own hive, or you have no intentions of ever opening that buzzing box, they can cater to your needs/desires!   What is the difference between adopting a local rescue hive and purchasing an imported package of bees?? There are lots of variables to consider when it comes down to selecting the bees you want to populate your hive. As with most any topic in beekeeping, there are many different opinions on the matter and this is just mine. I am a strong believer in keeping things local, and I believe this should apply to our bees as well. Local honeybees are more adapted to the regions climates, pests, diseases, and in my experience are more successful foragers in slower months. There are risks to both sides of this issue, local bees can be slightly more apt to swarm or become aggressive. Imported bees can bring disease in from other states, the transportation stresses and weakens the colonies, and they are less resistant to the local pests, viruses and diseases. What to do if your hive becomes aggressive or show signs or swarming? You just read in the above paragraph that one of the risks to having local bees are the possibility of the hive becoming aggressive. This sounds like a pretty serious and it is but don’t let that deter you yet! Temperament is something that is noted during every hive inspection and you can trust that if your hive starts to exhibit aggressive behavior You Me and the Bees, LLC will quickly re-queen your hive with a locally bred queen with a much better attitude! Helpful Links:
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