Safely Relocating a Bee Hive

How Can I Safely Relocate a Bee Hive?

Relocating a bee hive safely is a delicate process that requires expertise and care. It involves assessing the hive, preparing with protective gear, gently removing and securing the hive for transportation, choosing a suitable new location, and carefully reinstalling the hive. Orkin provides professional services to ensure the safety of both the bees and humans during the relocation process, helping maintain the health of these essential pollinators.

Understanding Bees

Bees are vital to our ecosystem, playing a crucial role in pollinating plants. However, sometimes they build their hives in places that are not safe for them or us. Relocating a bee hive is a delicate task that requires care and expertise.

Why Relocate Bees?

Bees, while essential for pollination and biodiversity, sometimes make their homes too close to ours. This proximity can pose risks to both humans and bees. Here’s why relocating bees is often necessary:

  • Human Safety – Bees generally avoid conflict, but they will defend their hive if they feel threatened. This can lead to stings, which are painful and potentially dangerous, especially for individuals with allergies.
  • Structural Integrity – Bee hives in or near buildings can cause structural damage. The weight of a large hive, combined with the potential for honey and wax to seep into structures, can lead to costly repairs.
  • Bee Health – Urban environments aren’t always the best places for bees. They may face challenges like lack of proper foraging sources or exposure to pollutants. Relocating them to a more suitable environment can help maintain their health and the health of the colony.
  • Legal Compliance – In some areas, there are regulations about beekeeping and hive management. Relocating hives may be necessary to comply with local laws.
  • Community Harmony –  Bees buzzing around can cause concern in neighborhoods, especially in areas with children or pets. Relocating hives helps maintain harmony and reduces the risk of conflicts between humans and bees.
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The Orkin Approach to Bee Relocation

At Orkin, we understand the importance of bees to our environment. That’s why we offer specialized services to safely relocate bee hives. Our trained professionals use protective gear and gentle methods to ensure the safety of both the bees and the people involved.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Safe Bee Hive Relocation

Relocating a bee hive is a complex process that requires expertise and care. Here’s how Orkin professionals handle it:

  1. Initial Assessment – Our team conducts a thorough inspection to determine the hive’s size, location, and accessibility. This step is crucial for planning the safest and most effective relocation strategy.
  2. Preparation – We equip ourselves with the right protective gear and tools. This includes bee suits, gloves, and equipment to safely transport the hive.
  3. Gentle Removal – Using smoke to calm the bees, we carefully extract the hive. This might involve removing parts of the structure if the hive is within a building. Our experts work meticulously to ensure the queen bee and the majority of the colony are safely contained.
  4. Secure Transportation – The hive is placed in a secure container designed for transportation. We ensure that the bees have adequate ventilation during the move.
  5. Choosing a New Location – The new site is selected based on factors like floral availability, water sources, and distance from human habitation. It’s important that the new location provides a safe and nurturing environment for the bees.
  6. Reinstallation – At the new site, the hive is carefully reassembled. We take steps to ensure the bees adapt to their new environment, monitoring them for a short period after relocation.
  7. Post-Relocation Monitoring – Our team keeps an eye on the relocated hive to ensure the bees are settling in. We also provide guidance to the property owner on how to coexist with the bees, if necessary.
  8. Preventive Advice – Finally, we offer advice on preventing future bee infestations, such as sealing entry points and managing the landscape to discourage bees from building hives too close to human dwellings.

Through this meticulous process, Orkin ensures the safe relocation of bee hives, balancing the needs and safety of both the bees and our clients.

Protecting and Preventing

Orkin is committed to protecting both bees and people. Our methods are designed to relocate bees without harming them, ensuring they can continue their vital role in our ecosystem.

To prevent future bee infestations, consider these tips:

  • Seal cracks and openings in your home’s exterior.
  • Remove potential nesting sites, like old tree stumps.
  • Plant bee-friendly flowers away from your home to attract bees elsewhere.

Call Orkin for Safe and Effective Bee Hive Relocation

If you’re facing a bee hive issue, don’t hesitate to call Orkin. Our team is equipped to handle the situation safely and effectively, ensuring peace of mind for you and a safe new home for the bees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to relocate a bee hive safely?

Safe relocation is crucial to protect both the bees, which are vital for pollination, and humans, especially those with allergies to bee stings. It also prevents structural damage to properties.

Can I relocate a bee hive by myself?

It’s not recommended to relocate a bee hive by yourself due to the risks involved. Professional expertise is required to ensure the safety of both the bees and the person handling the hive.

How does Orkin relocate a bee hive?

Orkin uses a step-by-step approach involving assessment, preparation, gentle removal, secure transportation, careful reinstallation, and post-relocation monitoring.

How do you prepare for bee hive relocation?

Preparation involves wearing protective gear, having the right tools, and planning the relocation strategy based on the hive’s location and size.

What is the best time of year to relocate a bee hive?

The best time to relocate a bee hive is during spring or early summer when bees are less aggressive and the colony is smaller.

How do you ensure the bees adapt to their new location?

The new location is chosen based on factors like floral availability and water sources, and the hive is monitored post-relocation to ensure adaptation.

What should I do if I find a bee hive on my property?

Contact a professional service like Orkin. Do not attempt to disturb or remove the hive yourself.

Will the bees return to their original location after relocation?

Bees typically adapt to their new environment and do not return to their original location if the relocation is done properly.


The safe relocation of a bee hive is a task that balances environmental responsibility with human safety. It’s a testament to our coexistence with nature and our recognition of the crucial role bees play in our ecosystem. Through professional services like those offered by Orkin, bee hives can be relocated effectively, ensuring the survival and health of the bee colony and the safety of human habitats. This process, intricate and essential, is not just about moving bees; it’s about preserving the delicate balance of our natural world. As we continue to navigate our relationship with nature, the safe relocation of bee hives stands as a prime example of sustainable and responsible wildlife management. Remember, when it comes to bees, their safety and ours are intertwined, and professional intervention is key to maintaining this balance.

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