Florida honeybee populations were adversely affected this period by several factors: loss of nectar flow, storms, and exotic pests; to name a few. These conditions contributed to diminished bee colony numbers which resulted in loss of income to beekeepers. Florida bee keepers depend upon spring honey flows to bolster their investment income for the year. 2017 was a failure for orange blossom honey. Palmetto and gall berry sources did not adequately produce in the late spring. Much of the summer was devoted to recouping losses by splitting bee colonies and the feeding of sugar syrup and pollen supplements. During the height of a promising Orange blossom season ( March-April ) high winds descended upon the Highland Ridge, dislodging blossoms from the citrus trees. Hurricane Irma destroyed nearly half of the bee colonies in South West Florida, bringing with it high winds and intense flooding. Honeybees suffered losses from Little Hive Beetles, Tracheal Mites, Braula fly, and foulbrood ( both American and European ). The majority of wild bee colonies are those which have swarmed and relocated from commercial hives. When bees and beekeepers suffer losses, the need for bee removal services diminishes. 2017 was below average for bee colony survival. This was reflected in less bee removal for Florida Bee Removal, INC even thought our Google listings were promoted near the top of page 1 for most Florida Cities.
Honeybee removal and relocation is a professional craft; learned by years of hands-on experience. The ideal practicioner has training in how to recognize structural voids, bee and wasp identification, the proper use of bee control methods, and a superior ability to interact with customers.
Florida Bee Removal (Apian Services) has over 50 years of honeybee management experience. Our owner first began relicating bee swarms at age 17 (1962). Our technicians receive on-going instruction on best practices fro bee and wasp control. Wasps are usually exposed but bees generally prefer voids in trees, structures, and containers. In many situations, honeybees can be safely relocated to farms.