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Contact Us today if you have a bee, wasp, yellowjacket, hornet, or Cicada Killer problem

Because of the potentially serious, although rare, danger to some people, we treat all calls of this nature as an EMERGENCY. We will arrive as soon as humanly possible.

Bees pollinate plants and provide honey and Wasps kill other insects that 'bug' humans.
Regardless of the benefits, you don't want them in your home.

When practical, we will attempt to remove them from your home peacefully. When this is impractical, we must exterminate them and seal the enty points. In the past, you could call a beekeeper to help you. However, with the coming of Africanized Bees into the Central Texas area, any beekeeper that wanted your bees would be taking the enormous risk of bringing these Africanized (aka: "Hybrid" or "Killer") bees into their colonies.

Note: There is no way to just look at a Bee and determine weather or it is an Africanized (Killer) Bee or just a regular European (Honey) Bee.

When honey bees are involved, there is usually honey. If the entry points are not sealed, then it is highly likely that robber bees will arrive to get the 'free' honey that is left. If other animals such as Ants, Rats, etc. detect the newly unprotected honey before the robber bees come, then they too may try to gain access to your home. For this reason, we make every effort to remove remaining honey combs when practical*. Unless the customer insists or the dwelling is too rotten, we will seal the entry points.

Here is a shot taken at night after we sealed an attic. The bees could not be reached without tearing up the roof so chemical methods were used to eliminate the hive. The bees returning from the field could not return to the attic so they rested along this chimney for the evening. Although only a fraction of the original hive, there are still around 20,000 bees in this swarm. They are at least 20 bees deep in the center. Fortunately few bees could escape from the attic into the house.

The owner of this house said she could not believe that the 20 to 25 bees that she saw coming and going from the roof constituted a hive of this magnitude. Although we were equally impressed with this swarm, we have seen it time and time again. When in doubt about what to do, please give us a call.

Here are a few external links with stinging, flying insect information:
Recent Bee Stings and Deaths in Texas
Avoiding Stings
Killer Bee Info
Bee & Wasp info
Bee Sting Remedies
Bee Sting Medical Advice

What about calling a beekeeper? Excerpted from a beekeeper site: "Most beekeepers are too busy to stop what they are doing to go10 miles away to catch a swarm worth only about $25.00 and take a chance that by the time they get there the bees are gone. Economically it is more feasible for beekeepers to order bees through the mail than it is to remove them from a wall. There is not the risk of damaging wiring, plumbing, the structure, or the bees just for a wild colony of bees that may have parasites or disease. They can order a special breed with the temperament of their choosing. They will come to them in the mail with a young marked queen, disease and parasite free, for under $45.00."

Moreover, In Texas, there is the danger that the bees in your home could be hybrid/Africanized. Also, if someone does bee control work for a fee OR involving pesticides, then they must be licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board of Texas.

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Licensed (TPCL # 6861) and regulated by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board
(512) 305-8250 Physical address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite I-530, 78701