Bee Rescue Services

If you're shopping around for ways to get rid of bees, it's important to know how much things cost and what you get for your money.  Not all bee removal services are equal, and not all beekeepers are experienced in either swarm capture or hive removal.  If cost is your only concern, then there are times when a pest control service will be cheaper than live removal.  I pride myself on my ability to get all the bees (including the queen, and salvaging as much comb as possible) into one of my hives. 

On-Site Cost Estimate

Free

Quotes incur no charge and are obligation-free.  I can often give a rough cost estimate over the phone, but for a detailed estimate I need to be on-site using state-of-the art infrared camera technology.  This will give you a good idea of how much the removal will cost so you can make an informed decision before I start work.  

Bee Hive Removal

From $100

What you get:  Professional, chemical-free live removal of an established hive of bees into one of my hive boxes (If the bees have started to draw comb then it's a hive).  Hive removal takes time, skill, equipment, and preparation, and it can also involve getting stung a lot, because as soon as the bees start drawing out comb they have something to defend.  I can remove a hive of bees from behind any wall you don't mind me cutting into, or from any container you don't mind me cutting into.  I cannot remove bees from steeply sloped roofs.  I am not a building contractor so repairing a wall after I've removed the bees is your responsibility!

Cost Breakdown:

  • There is an minimum fee of $100. 
  • An hourly rate of $50 applies after the first hour.
  • Second story removals start at $150, and cost $50 per half-hour beyond the first.
  • Removal of a physical structure containing bees (a wine barrel, for instance) starts at $200, assuming I can get it onto my truck and am confident I can get the bees out of the structure elsewhere.  

Swarm Rescue

From $50

What you get:  Professional, chemical-free live removal of a swarm of bees into one of my hive boxes.  A swarm of bees is usually fairly passive, and won't sting.  They may be hanging off a branch, hedge, or fence-post.  Sometimes they stay for an hour, sometimes for a day, but they will move on into a nearby structure or start to build a hive and draw comb in the open. The sooner I can get to them the better.

Cost Breakdown:

  • There is a minimum fee of $50. 
  • An hourly rate of $50 applies after the first hour.
  • Second story removals start at $100, and cost $50 per half-hour beyond the first.
  • The first five swarm calls I get in spring will be done for free, as a public service!

Travel

$0.88 per Kilometre over 40km

I do not charge for the first 40km travelled, but in order to cover some of my costs I charge a per kilometre rate for travel in excess of 40km from Mount Gambier.  

A large hive removal from a wall cavity in Suttontown.

Wooly teatrea (Leptospermum lanigerum) at one of my apiaries.