Environmentally Friendly Bee and Wasp Nest Removal Services
We use environmentally friendly methods to physically remove stinging insects, leaving little to no damage to the surrounding areas. We take pride in providing safe organic / pesticide free removal services to help protect natures pollinaters!
Our Bee Vacuum System is custom made to gently vacuum the stinging insects as they come or go from their nest. Honeybees collected in this manner can be safely re-located to a waiting honeybee hive. Bumblebees are relocated to a bumblebox. Wasps and hornets are saved and released in a safe area to serve as natural pest removers for farmers crops, or their venom can be extracted for allergy treatments.
Our COVID-19 Response
The pandemic situation caused by the coronavirus Covid-19 has led to severe restrictions in both private and business environments. We would like to inform you about the series of measures taken by Bee's Knees Apiaries to ensure the health and safety of all our employees as well as to provide business continuity to our customers.
Our team of Beekeepers are equiped with 3M Dual Cartridge Respirators which are widely used in Agriculture and have earned NIOSH approval. This supplies the highest level of protection for you and our team from harmful particulates and organic vapors. Each member of our team has also been fully vacinated for COVID-19.
We remove swarms and nests across Seattle and the East Side, focusing on King County. We also serve areas in Kitsap County. If you are outside these coverage areas, please contact us as we may be able to accommodate your need.
Bee’s Knees Apiaries has a team of beekeepers on call to remove bee and wasp nests from inside or outside your home or business at a time that is convenient for you.
To help identify what type of critter or nest you have please check out the photo gallery below
What Am I?
I can fly up to 3 miles searching for pollen, nectar, and water! I pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.
I help farmers by eating pests that can destroy crops like aphids. I can be dangerous because I can sting multiple times.
I have a round body covered in soft hair (long branched setae) called pile, making me appear and feel fuzzy. I am an important agricultural pollinator!
I can build aerial nests larger than a basketball. If I am a male, drone, I come from a non-fertilized egg and can not sting. If I am a Female hornet I will sting repeatedly to protect my colony.
I am a Mud Wasp or Mud dauber. I am a solitary wasp that constructs small nests of mud in or around homes, sheds, and barns and under open structures, bridges, and similar sites.
Hornets build paper nests at least three or more feet off of the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds or other structures. I can be larger than a basketball.
Honey bee swarms consist of several thousand bees hanging in a loose cluster, usually from a tree branch or bush. This is a transitional state in which they are looking for a new home. Once a suitable location is found, they will fly to their new home.
Honey bees build honeycomb in an enclosed cavity such as in a hollow tree, in a wall, or between joists in a house. Unlike wasps, honey bees do not build a "paper house."
I am usually made from grey paper and am commonly found hanging from trees, shrubs or soffits, or found inside walls or attic spaces.
I am typically found in walls of houses, bird houses, in the ground, and also love the insulation in your house!
To make these nests, the wasps find weathered wood, sourced from old fences or porches, and chew this wood fiber into a paste-like pulp mixed with their saliva. Then, the insects form this pulp into hexagon-shaped paper cells.
In each mud cell, the queen will lay one egg and put in a paralyzed spider or other insect and seal the cell. When the egg hatches, the larvae feeds on the captured insect. The larvae matures in about 3 weeks. The larvae will then spin a cocoon to rest in over winter.