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We are now done collecting nests for the 2017 season. Thank you for visiting our website. Please be in touch next year!
We remove exposed “paper ball” type nests as well as concealed or in-ground nesting species. The insects collected are sold to labs that extract their venom for use in allergy immunotherapy.
We only remove Polistes wasps from places we are already removing Hornets or Yellowjackets. They build the flat paper nests with an exposed honeycomb-like structure on the surface, have long dangly legs, and are commonly found on eaves.
We also collect honeybee swarms in the Springtime, and can remove established honeybee hives between the months of March and June. All honeybees collected will be organically managed for pollination and honey production. If you ever happen upon a honeybee swarm or an established honeybee hive, DO NOT SPRAY IT! Give us a call!
Insects that are treated with any pesticides or chemicals are not allowed for use in human allergy immunotherapy. Therefore, we will not collect nests that have been sprayed with anything or have been attempted to be exterminated in any way. Oftentimes, spraying a nest with pesticides is not even effective in completely killing the colony. It is very easy to tell if nests have been sprayed, and we charge a service fee of $50 for travel expenses and will not remove the nest or insects if we arrive and find this to be the case.
Please, leave the nest alone and call us for free removal and cleanup.
Unless disturbed, most bumblebee species are not aggressive and stings from them are almost unheard of. Bumblebees have a very short annual lifecycle, typically between two and three months. Be grateful for their presence, appreciate them from a distance and feel lucky you are able to host these amazing pollinators!
Bumblebees are valuable native pollinators and we do not remove them. Solitary bees are completely non-aggressive and should also be embraced and left alone!
Using a protective bee suit, gloves and boots, we place a small vacuum powered trap next to the entrance of the nest. Next, we disturb the nests and vacuum up the insects as they come out to defend their colony. We continue to vacuum at the entrance of the nest for up to an hour to ensure we collect nearly all of the workers as they return from foraging and attempt to return home.
Once we have collected all the live insects, we immediately freeze them using dry ice to preserve their venom. We then remove the nest itself along with the paper combs and clean up any remaining debris.
The exact areas covered depends on species needed, time of year, and particular insect populations which vary year to year. We encourage you to contact us and give us the opportunity to collect your nest before attempting to use pesticides or chemicals to kill the nest.
All hornets and yellowjackets are nearing the end of their annual lifecycle if they haven't completed it already.
Once they complete their annual lifecycle, there are no individuals left in the nest, and hornets and yellowjackets never reuse an old nest!
We will begin collecting unsprayed nests again next year in June.
You can read all about the insects we collect and their annual lifecycle on the insect ID pages of our website.
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