Removing Honey Bee Swarms and Established Hives

Large numbers of bees swarming in a tree in your garden or around your home can be unnerving, especially if they establish a hive within your house. However, bee swarms and nests can be safely managed if you follow careful procedures and get proper help. If you have a bee emergency call Killer Bee Live Removal @ (760) 346-9542 or visit


Swarming is the honey bee’s method of colony reproduction. The old queen and about half of the worker bees leave their former nest and seek a new home, usually in the spring but sometimes at other times of the year when local conditions permit. To start the process, certain worker bees, called “scouts,” begin to canvass the surrounding territory for a potential new nesting site even before the swarm leaves its original colony.

A departing swarm consists of a large number of bees flying in a cloud that seems to drift along through the air. People not familiar with honey bees are generally frightened by such a mass, which can contain 5,000 to 20,000 bees, but unless a bee becomes tangled in someone’s hair, it isn’t likely to sting. The queen is in the group, but not leading it. Usually within 100 to 200 yards of the original hive, the bees alight on an object and form a cluster, which looks like a seething, fuzzy glob of insects. Sometimes bees fly from the cluster to collect water and food, but most workers leaving the cluster are scouts that search out potential new home sites for the swarm. When they return from a good site, they dance on the cluster to communicate the location of their find.

A clustered swarm of many bees may appear frightening, but most spring swarm clusters of European honey bees—the common honey bees in central and Northern California—are extremely docile. It takes quite a bit of stimulation, such as being hit by sticks and stones or squirted with a hose, to induce defensive behavior. The same may not be true for Africanized honey bees or for any swarm of honey bees that has run out of food, as these aren’t nearly as predictable and can be very touchy, even as swarm clusters.

Honey bees will nest in cavities having a volume of at least 4 gallons but prefer cavities around 9 gallons. Honey bees also prefer dark cavities with an easily defended entrance that is at least 9 feet from the ground. Hollowed-out trees are ideal sites. However, honey bees may nest in all sorts of cavities such as inside walls of houses; in or around chimneys; in outbuildings, fences, shrubs, water meters, utility boxes, barbecue grills, and soffits; or under decks. Within a few hours to a few days, the swarm’s scouts usually reach a consensus about the best available site. Then the swarm takes to the air one last time to move to the new home.

Once in flight, the swarm is guided by scouts and arrives at the new site. It forms a cluster around the entrance with many bees fanning their wings and releasing a chemical signal to guide the others. Then the bees enter their new home, somewhat slowly. This is what most people notice when they see bees clustered on a section of a building. Inside, the low humming sound of the bees ventilating their nest often can be heard.

If the bees don’t find a new nesting location, they may begin producing beeswax and forming combs at the spot where the cluster formed, such as a tree limb, the overhang of a house, or another unusual place. These “exposed comb” colonies may exist until fall (or year-round in warm-winter areas), but robbing bees, hungry birds, and inclement weather usually put an end to these colonies and their combs.


While they may look frightening, bees that are swarming and carrying honey from their old hive are much less defensive or likely to sting than they would be if they were protecting brood (immature bees) at the old hive. They shouldn’t pose much danger if left undisturbed but will sting if provoked. For information about bee stings, see Pest Notes: Bee and Wasp Stings.

Once bees become established, they will begin to build combs for rearing brood and storing food. Although colonies may do no structural harm to the building, occasionally they use water to soften Sheetrock and remove it in order to expand the nesting area. Residents then will notice an enlarging damp area on their wall. In a few cases, the bees actually open a hole through the Sheetrock so that foragers escape into the house, annoying or scaring occupants. Finally, if the colony is killed and not immediately removed, honey will ferment and leak through walls and ceilings, causing damage. At Killer Bee Live Removal we remove the hive, repair and bee proof any spaces that bees can come in and rebuild.


The need for managing bee swarms or hives depends on the location and whether the bees are establishing a hive. Swarms moving on without establishing a hive aren’t a concern. However, bees establishing a colony in a home need to be removed.

Swarm Clusters

Swarm clusters—the correct term for swarms when they aren’t flying—are ephemeral by nature and therefore generally don’t need to be managed. Whenever the bees locate the proper new nesting site, the swarm will fly off to the new location. The bees usually leave a bit of beeswax at their clustering location, so appearances of additional swarms at that same place can be anticipated in the future.

If the cluster needs to be removed, call a beekeeper. Experienced beekeepers often remove clusters simply by brushing or shaking the bees gently into a cardboard box and carrying them away. Ideally the box should have an entrance that enables the flying bees to join the already-captured group. Place the box in the shade until nightfall then seal and remove it after dark. The beekeeper should be prepared for defensive behavior by dressing in a bee suit, but dealing with a cluster is usually quite easy. It becomes more difficult, however, when the cluster is hard to reach, such as up in a tall tree, intermeshed with the branches of a shrub, or wedged into the corner of a building.

Preventing Establishment of a Colony in Your Home

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether a honey bee cluster on the side of a building is simply resting there or moving, one by one, through a hole into an inner portion of a building. If the cluster size is shrinking but hasn’t flown away, chances are they’re moving in. When the bees first arrive, they are short on food and have to build combs from wax they produce from the honey they are carrying. They must continue to go outside to forage for nectar for the colony to survive.

At this point, they can be “locked in” their new home with screen, steel wool, or something else through which they can’t chew to escape. If sealed in, they will die in place over the next week or two. However, trapped bees will search around between the walls trying to find a new way out. Some of them are likely to find their way into the living quarters, especially by following beams of nighttime room lighting. Bees don’t fly in the dark, but they will fly to the windows the next morning and stay there most of the day while they die of dehydration. You can safely suck up these bees with a vacuum cleaner hose. Remember there may be live bees in the bag for a couple days after they’ve been vacuumed up.

Removing Established Colonies from Your Home

Extracting honey bees from buildings is considerably more difficult than collecting swarm clusters. When the colony is first established, only a few pounds of adult bees are present, but these bees rapidly build combs, collect honey, and begin to rear more bees. A well-established colony may have up to 100 pounds of honey, many pounds of adult and developing bees, and many beeswax combs. Removing such as nest is a challenge. The first step is to determine the exact location of the combs and size of the colony.

Although honey bees can be killed in place inside buildings by using pesticides that are labeled for killing bees inside of structures, this removal option often leads to undesirable consequences. (Note: These chemicals are available only to licensed pest control operators.) If the adult bees fall into a large pile, they may hold their body moisture and rot in place, producing a very bad odor. Liquid from the decomposing mass frequently penetrates the structure, leading to costly replacements.

If the colony is well established, there are further issues associated with killing the colony. Unattended brood can also rot and become very odorous. Unattended honey stores can absorb moisture and ferment, creating gas that causes the cappings holding honey in the cells to burst. Gravity will start moving the honey down attached surfaces until it encounters a horizontal impediment, such as a window frame, doorframe, firebreak, ceiling, or floor. Honey then seeps through the drywall, leading to large amounts of cleanup and expensive replacement. If pesticides were used to kill the bees, then the honey, wax and, dead bees are contaminated and must be handled as hazardous waste.

A better procedure than applying insecticides, especially if you have a beekeeper who is willing to help, may be to eliminate the bees without killing them. First the beekeeper will need to locate the nest by tapping the wall and listening for the hum of the colony. Some beekeepers rely on stethoscopes to find the edges of the nest. Others drill extremely small holes in the wall and insert a fine wire to find the periphery of the nest. To take honey bees and their combs from the nesting spot requires opening a fairly large hole in some portion of the building. That is best done by a professional contractor so that the hole can be easily closed after the bees are removed.

If the bees are to be saved, the beekeeper gently removes them and their combs. If the bees aren’t going to be saved, they can be removed from the void with a vacuum device such as a Shop-Vac. This process tends to stimulate the bees to release an alarm pheromone that smells like bananas and increases defensive behavior, so everyone nearby must be fully clothed in a bee suit. Many beekeepers have baffles and collection containers in their vacuum lines to try to protect and save the bees. If the homeowner has a lot of patience and knowledge, the bees can be “trapped” out of the building using a one-way wire screen device that forces bees that leave the building to relocate into a beehive placed adjacent to the original entrance. For more details see  Killer Bee Live Removal @ (760) 346-9542 or visit

Lance Davis is a Master Beekeeper and owner of pesticide free Killer Bee Liver Removal.  Be aware that pest control companies generally will kill the bees before removing them. Don’t try to remove the colony yourself unless you have experience and proper equipment.

Preventing Future Invasions

Following extraction of honey bee combs from any site, the odor of beeswax remains. Because honey bees have an extremely acute sense of smell, that odor will be noticeable from a long distance and highly attractive to any future honey bee scouts seeking new nesting sites, long after the previous bees have been removed. Therefore, after bees have been removed from a building, all holes large enough to insert a pencil, or larger, that lead to spacious cavities in the building must be sealed. Although honey bees can chew out of a building through caulking, they won’t chew in through it. Larger potential entrances can be covered with screen having six or more meshes per inch. Cavities can be filled with expandable foam to make large spaces unsuitable for nesting. The area requiring examination and servicing includes the entire side of the building around the previous entrance or both sides of the building, if the entrance were on a corner. If bees can find access to a void adjacent to the previous nesting site, they’ll move right in.

During the extraction process, some bees are likely to escape. Also, some honey bee foragers spend the night away from the hive in the summer, so there is likely to be a cluster of bees forming around the entrance after the bees and combs have been removed. That small number of bees can be vacuumed up or eliminated with an aerosol spray labeled for use on wasps and bees outside the home. Be sure to read the label and follow the instructions exactly.

Finding Professionals to Assist with Colony Extractions

It is relatively easy to remove a swarm cluster but a lot of work to remove bees in a cavity. Beekeepers might be willing to collect swarms for free, but generally it isn’t worthwhile for them to remove established colonies without charge, and in some areas your only option will be to hire a structural pest control company. This is particularly true in areas colonized by Africanized honey bees, including all Southern California counties.

Both contractors and some beekeepers list their services in the Yellow Pages section of the telephone book and on the Web. Key words include “beekeeper”, “beekeeping” and “bee removal.” Beekeepers available for swarm calls and extractions also tend to put their names on lists of bee clubs to which they belong. Those clubs usually have Web sites that list locations, such as the Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association.

County agricultural commissioners also have records of beekeepers registered in their counties. Registered apiary locations are confidential, but the names of beekeepers who are experienced in working with the public are often released from county offices.

When arranging a bee removal, be sure you have an understanding of what will be done. Will the bees simply be killed in place—not the best idea, but cheaper—or will the cavity be opened, cleaned out of bees and combs, filled with insulation, reclosed along with all possible entrances, and refinished? A definitive job includes all of these steps but can become expensive.

When it can be done, it is best to have the contractor and beekeeper cooperate in opening the hole, removing the bees, and sealing the hole. Finding a contractor who also keeps bees would be the best choice of all. For more information for Bee removal in Riverside Killer Bee Live Removal @ (760) 346-9542 or visit


Bees pollinate a significant majority of the world’s food — and these vital pollinators are in serious trouble.

In North America alone, honey bees pollinate nearly 95 kinds of fruits and nuts, including almonds, avocados, cranberries and apples. Each of us relies on bees — and the pollination services they provide — every day. But bees and other pollinators are reaching a tipping point, with beekeepers reporting annual losses of a third or more in recent years.

What’s at the root of this alarming trend? Scientists agree there are multiple, interacting causes at play, including pathogens, nutrition and habitat loss — and pesticide exposure is a key factor, exacerbating other stressors.

Federal policymakers are moving too slowly to implement pollinator protective policies, but bees need meaningful action — and they need it now.

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What we’re doing

Working with beekeepers, farmers and scientists, PAN is building momentum for pollinator-protective policies across the country. Together with our partners, we’re keeping the pressure on decisionmakers in D.C. and state capitals from Minnesota to California to take bee-harming pesticides off the market.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowed neonicotinoids onto the market without sufficient review — and the agency has been incredibly slow to wrap up its review, even though independent science shows a clear connection between these commonly used insecticides and bee declines. It’s time for action!

EPA also allows the widespread use of neonicotinoids as a seed coating on crops like corn and soy, even though this practice doesn’t much help farmers. In fact, seed treatments are so common that farmers report it’s nearly impossible to purchase commodity crop seed that isn’t covered in neonics. And, because EPA doesn’t count seed treatments as a “pesticide application” and therefore doesn’t track or regulate them as such, bees continue being exposed on farmland across the country.

We’re also urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase pesticide-free pollinator habitat and expand support for agroecological, pollinator-friendly farming practices.

Get involved!

Want to take action for bees? Here are a few ways to get involved in this important campaign.

  • Sign up! Join our alert list to receive the latest news and actions for bees.
  • Keep the issue front & center. Write a letter to the editor of your local papers or submit an OpEd. Decisionmakers pay attention to media coverage!
  • Build momentum. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors about the importance of bees and other pollinators — and the challenges they’re facing. And ask them to join this campaign too!
  • Create a Honey Bee Haven. Have a yard or plants on your front step? Grow bee-friendly plants and keep the space pesticide free. Urge your town or city to pass a resolution and become a bee haven too!

For more tips and tools for bees, download our “Bee the Change” toolkit. And share with your community!

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Bees Are Dying

 Here’s Why All the Bees Are Dying

Bees are essential for life as we know it, but we’re wiping them out.

Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they’ve been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year, with a total loss of domesticated honeybee hives in the United States worth an estimated $2 billion.

At first, no one knew why. But as my colleague Tom Philpott has reported extensively, in the last few years scientists have accumulated a compelling pile of evidence pointing to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are widely used in commercial agriculture but can have lethal effects on bees. Other pesticides are also adding to the toll. So are invasive parasites and a general decline in the quality of bees’ diets.

Clearly, that combination of factors poses a pretty serious problem for anyone who likes to eat, since bees—both the domesticated kind and their wild bumblebee cousins, both of which are in decline—are the main pollinators of many major fruit and nut crops. The problem is so severe that this spring President Barack Obama unveiled the first-ever national strategy for improving the health of bees and other key pollinators.

Bees “are in serious and immediate risk from human-caused climate change.”

Now, it appears that lurking in the background behind the ag-industry-related problems is an even more insidious threat: climate change. According to newresearch published in the journal Science, dozens of bumblebee species began losing habitat as early as the 1970s—well before neonicotinoids were as widespread as they are today. Since then, largely as a result of global warming, bees have lost nearly 200 miles off the southern end of their historic wild range in both the US and in Europe, a trend that is continuing at a rate of about five miles every year.

As temperatures increase (the US is about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer today, on average, than in 1900), many plant and animal species in the Northern Hemisphere are shifting their range north. But by analyzing a vast archive of bee distribution records reaching back more than a century, ecologists at the University of Ottawa showed that bees are not joining that trend. Instead of shifting north like many other species, the bees’ range is only compressing in from the south, leaving less and less available habitat. That finding is illustrated in the chart below (and explained in more detail in the video at the bottom of this post, produced by Science).

Kerr et al, Science 2015

In a call with reporters, lead scientist Jeremy Kerr stressed that although pesticide use is a critical cause of bee mortality at local levels, it doesn’t explain the continent-wide habitat shrinkage that stands out in the bee data. But temperature trends do.

“They are in serious and immediate risk from human-caused climate change,” Kerr said. “The impacts are large and they are underway.”

The question of why bees aren’t pushing northward is a bit trickier, and it isn’t resolved in this paper. But Kerr said he suspects the answer could be the relatively long time it takes for bees to reach a critical mass of population that can be sustained in new places.

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Keeping Bees away


Africanized Honey Bees: How to Bee-Proof Your Home

1. How honey bees establish new colonies.

Honey bees are social creatures that live in groups of up to 60,000 individuals. At certain times of the year, part of a colony separates from the rest and flies out looking for a new home. While on the move, the bees are called a “swarm.” The swarming bees may rest in a large group out in the open, such as on a tree branch, and then move on to another site. Once they have found a suitable place to settle down, the bees will begin to build a many-celled wax structure called a comb. An established colony with comb and brood is much more defensive.

Africanized honey bees are also known to move their entire colony to a more suitable site, a process called “absconding”.

2. How to prevent honey bee colonies.

The best way to prevent bees from establishing a colony on your property is to deny them an ideal environment for survival. Honey bees require three things in order to survive: food, water and shelter. Honey bees use nectar and pollen from flowers as food. Honey bees visit swimming pools, hot tubs and pet and livestock watering dishes to consume water not only for themselves, but also to take back to cool the hive. They nest in a wide variety of locations, such as animal burrows, overturned flower pots, cavities in saguaros, trees or rocks, irrigation valve boxes, drainage tiles, discarded automobile parts or appliances, and in walls of homes. They may enter openings as small as 3/16-inch in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser) as long a there is a suitable-sized cavity behind the opening for a nest.

A. Eliminate shelter. To prevent bees from settling in your house or yard, you will need to be vigilant for potential nesting sites.

  • Fill or cover all holes 1/8 -inch in diameter or larger in trees, structures and block walls
  • Caulk cracks in walls, in foundation and in the roof.
  • Check where the chimney meets the house for separation, and make sure chimneys are covered properly.
  • Put window screen over drains, attic vents, and irrigation valve boxes.
  • Remove any trash or debris that might serve as a shelter for bees, such as overturned clay pots, automobile parts, tires, old appliances, cardboard boxes or stacks of crates.
  • Fill or cover animal burrows in the ground.
  • Make sure window and sun screens are tight fitting.
  • Keep shed doors tightly closed and in good repair and exercise caution when entering buildings that are not used frequently.

B. Monitor water sources. It will be difficult to prevent access to water sources near manmade lakes but in your yard you may:

  • Discourage bees from visiting evaporative coolers by placing a few ounces of pine-scented cleaner in the water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water to discourage bees from pet water or bird baths.
  • Cover or drain pools or tubs when not in use.
  • Repair leaky faucets and faulty irrigation systems.

Removing flowers as a source of food is generally not effective nor recommended, and individual bees gathering pollen and nectar from flowers should be left alone. Bees are very important because they pollinate many plants, including crops such as cucumbers, squash and citrus. In fact, about a third of our daily diet is attributed to insect pollinators.

Inspect your home and yard monthly for signs of bee colonies. A single bee or just a few bees in your yard does not necessarily mean you have a colony in your yard, because bees will fly some distance in search of food and water. Look for numbers of bees passing into and out of or hovering in front of an opening, and listen for the hum of active insects. Look low for colonies in or at ground line, and also high for colonies under eaves or in attics.

If you do find an established bee colony in your neighborhood, don’t panic. On the other hand, don’t ignore them either. Small colonies that have recently swarmed may be docile at first, but tend to become more defensive with age, so you should have colonies around the home removed as soon as possible. Keep everyone away from the colony. Consult the Yellow Pages for beekeepers or pest control operators who will remove it.

Do not try to remove colonies yourself! NEVER shoot, throw rocks at, pour gasoline on, burn or otherwise threaten established honey bee colonies. If you need help call a professional.

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Honey Bee FAQ


Honey Bee Facts

Did You Know?

About the Honey Bee

  • Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination.  Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, pluots, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, etc.
  • There are three members of a honey bee colony:
    • Queen – mother to all the bees in the colony; she is a fertile female.
    • Worker – an infertile female that performs the labor tasks of the colony, including feed preparation, guarding the hive, feeding the queens, drones and brood, and heating and cooling the hive.
    • Drone – the male that starts out as an unfertilized egg.  Its only purpose in the colony is to mate with a virgin queen.  They live to mate with the queen, but not more than one in a thousand get the opportunity to mate.
  • On average, a worker bee in the summer lasts six to eight weeks.  Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.  During that six to eight-week period, their average honey production is 1/12 of a teaspoon.  In that short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of 1 1/2 times the circumference of the earth.
  • The peak population of a colony of honeybees is usually at mid-summer (after spring buildup) and results in 60,000 to 80,000 bees per colony.  A good, prolific queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day.
  • Drones fly on United Airlines.  This is a corny joke amongst beekeepers because of the way queens and drones mate.  When a queen is five to six days old, she is ready to mate. She puts out a pheromone scent to attract the males and takes off in the air.  The males from miles around smell the scent and instantly volunteer in the mating chase, which is performed in the air.

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Killer Bee Live Removal (Bees are important)

Honey bee

Killer Bee Live Removal’s Lance Davis on The Bill O’Reilly Back Of The Book Interview on the miseducation of Killer Bee’s and how to remove them from your Property.

Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect.

Our lives – and the world as a whole – would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. To illustrate this fact, consider these numbers: bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.

Honeybees and the other pollinators and the invaluable pollinating services they provide us with helped produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. alone in 2010; that’s estimated to be one-third of everything we eat! The other animal pollinators such as bats, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, ants, and beetles contributed to an estimated $10 billion in 2010! To say we rely on the pollination efforts of bees (and other animals) to sustain our modern food system is an understatement.

Let’s take a look at the amazing world of bees and acknowledge all they do for us:

Different Types of Bees

Worldwide, there are around 25,000 different types of bee species (around 4,000 in the U.S.). This huge number is divided into over 4,000 genera of bees, which are then further subdivided into just nine families of bees. The Apidae family is perhaps the most well known family, with familiar members such as the honeybee, carpenter bee, and bumblebee.

All of these species dutifully serve as pollinators of our agricultural world. And they are all excellent at what they do. For example, all bees have stiff hairs and pockets on their legs, allowing them to collect more pollen and be more efficient transporters of it between plants. Not only that, bumblebees appear to be even more successful at pollinating certain crops due to their larger sizes and more vigorous vibrations. This helps to better disperse pollen amongst the flowers and fruits it visits.

Pollination – How it Works & Why it’s Important

What is pollination? Simply put, it is the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower, the anther, to the stigma, which is the female part of the flower. Upon the two’s meeting, a plant’s seed, nut, or fruit is then formed.

Some plants rely on animals to assist with their pollination process, while others can pollinate themselves or rely on the wind to do it for them.

Bees also tend to focus their energies on one species of plant at a time. By visiting the same flowers of a particular species in one outing, much higher quality pollination occurs – rather than spreading many different pollens to different plants which are not being pollinated, all plants of one species are getting an even distribution of vital pollen from others of its same species.

Pollination is essentially plant reproduction. Without help from animal pollinators, our everyday food supply would look much different – at least one third of our staples we’ve come to rely on would no longer be available.

Bees Provide Sources of Food

few examples of the foods that would no longer be available to us if bees ceased pollinating our agricultural goods are: broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries.

Honey is a food product created by bees and is not to be forgotten. Made by bees regurgitating nectar and passing it back and forth in their mouths to one another before depositing and sealing it in a honeycomb, its intended use is for the bees’ winter food stores. Humans are quite fond of this amber liquid as well – the 2013 honey crop was valued at $317.1 million.

Bees Beautify the Planet

Pollinating flowers and contributing to the beautification of the planet’s floral landscapes may be the bees’ perhaps simplest and least economically important actions, but it’s certainly its most aesthetically pleasing one.

By keeping flowers pollinated, bees perpetuate floral growth and provide attractive habitats for other animals such as insects and birds.

Bees are easily amongst the most important insects to humans on Earth. These humble, buzzing bugs deserve a huge thanks – for helping provide us with our favorite fruits and vegetables, their delicious honey, and beautiful, flowery gardens!

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Killer Bee Removal On The Scene



A 71-year old woman is expected to survive after she was stung an estimated 1,000 times by bees, and she wasn’t the only victim.

A bee removal company was called in to remove the swarm of about 80,000 bees. The attack happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday at Lucerne Drive and Merrill Drive, in a neighborhood next to the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert.

When Cal Fire paramedics arrived on scene, they found an elderly woman covered in Africanized Honey Bees, also known as “Killer Bees.”

“We’re estimating a thousand bees. She was covered as if she had on a bee suit and we threw her in back of ambulance where our guys sustained bee stings,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Williams.

The woman is now in stable condition, according to a Cal Fire official, but doctors even found stingers on her tongue as the bees enveloped her body.

Neighbors are now safe to come outdoors but still can’t believe what happened.

“You hear about killer bees but you never think you’re going to be attacked by them,” said Brian Johnston, who lives a quarter mile from the attack.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department put out a reverse 911, calling everyone in a two-mile radius, urging them to stay indoors.

Renay Vaughn was trying to get to her cousin’s house when she saw the street blocked off and got out of her car to get more information.

“My husband goes up to me and goes there’s bees in the car and you’ve got the keys,” Vaughn said.

Cal Fire said a Verizon employee placed the original 911 call. He was checking on a report of bees in an underground cable box.

“They came to confirm there was and they found the bees and their representative got stung,” Wiilliams said.

Officials say the hive may have been agitated when the employee lifted the lid of the box. Bee removers from Lance Davis Killer Bee Removal said they vacuumed an estimated 80,000 killer bees.

“I have never seen anything like this before,” Williams said.

Neighbors are still shocked something like this could happen in their own backyard.

“It’s pretty crazy because we have dogs and we walk them and it’s a neighborhood where people ride bikes and there’s kids,” Johnston said.

Lance Davis Killer Bee Removal, which cleared the bees, did it is a public service free of charge. Davis, the master beekeeper, tells us the bees will be relocated to hives in the East Valley for honey and pollen production.