Did a giant blob of bees just land in your yard? Maybe they're hanging on a branch in a tree or bush, looking like something out of a horror movie and you don't know what to do. This is known as a "swarm" of bees. Good, strong hives will reproduce in the spring by splitting. One portion of the bees will stay in the old location and raise a new queen. The other portion will take the old queen and fly off to find a new home-this is the bunch you will suddenly see clustered in your yard one nice spring day. They will probably only stay for a matter of hours, maybe a full day, and then fly off to their new, permanent home.
If you happen to see bees swarming on your property, please call a beekeeper right away and they will likely remove them immediately and for free if it's not in a difficult location. It will keep the bees from moving on to find that permanent home in your house or your neighbor's.
Or have you noticed a bee superhighway running directly into your house? All they need is a nice little hole as an entrance & exit and they'll make themselves a nice little home inside your walls, soffits, or attic.
This is an example of a rather inconvenient (for humans) permanent home. To remove these bees, beekeepers will do what is known as a "cut out". It usually involves some deconstructing of your home to get at the bees in order to fully remove them and their comb. The beekeeper may charge a fee for doing a cut out, as it is a much more involved process. It's a big, sticky mess and it can make for some cranky bees in the process.
In either of these scenarios, please do not spray them with insecticide in an attempt to kill them or "knock them back". Few beekeepers will want to remove bees that have been sprayed.
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Russ Adkins-- Hull, IL 217-617-5290
Dale Hill-- Liberty/Quincy, IL 217-885-3147
Larry Anderson-- Nebo, IL 217-734-1759 or 217-491-1109
Stan Brinkman --Payson, IL 217-316-6455
Tim & Tina McClelland--Payson/Quincy, IL 217-257-2704 & 217-257-5061
Evan Davidson-- Payson/ Carthage, IL 217-257-8101
Joe & Yvonne Lynch-- Pittsfield, IL/Hannibal, MO 217-491-0625
Bruce Moechnig-- Quincy, IL 217-430-8595
Glenn Bemis-- Quincy, IL 217-223-7037
Bill Henehan-- Quincy, IL 217-653-5553
LeRoy Rossmiller-- Quincy, IL 217-223-5294
Guy Spoonmore-- Quincy, IL 217-653-9804
Tim Rosenboom-- Sutter, IL 217-440-1268
Paul Woodworth-- Ursa, IL 217-219-0272
Sam Deardorff-- Versailles, IL 217-225-3454
Jim Reese-- Versailles, IL 217-225-3240
Joel Dickhut--Camp Point, IL 217-653-9953
Korhan Raif--Barry, IL & Pike Co. Area 217-473-9374
Brian Schenck--Quincy, IL 217-430-4745
Victoria Taylor--Quincy, IL 217-440-8687
Tom Williamson--Quincy, IL 217-740-4573
Debi Love-- Durham, MO 573-822-3081
Deborah Franke-- Ewing, MO 573-439-5890
Cara Bowman-- Hannibal, MO 573-822-9442
Blake Bratten-- Lewis & Marion Co. MO 573-228-2448
Ted Schuetz-- Hannibal, MO 573-629-7215
Ray Nelson-- Maywood, MO 573-795-4431
Bruce Ryan-- Monroe City, MO 573-822-5282
Gerald Miner-- Perry, MO 573-565-2090
Richard Edwards-- Rutlege, MO 660-342-0112
Kyle Woods-- Memphis, MO 928-379-2386
Wayne Gottman--Emerson, MO 573-355-1039
Tom Stark--Maywood, MO 573-248-7380
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