If you find honeybees in your backyard or near your business and want to get rid of them, think a minute before picking up the phone to call an exterminator. Call a beekeeper instead! Some beekeepers will remove beehives in order to save those bees.
We need honeybees to pollinate plants so the food we eat will grow, but thanks to mass poisoning by pesticides and habitat destruction there are less bees available for this job than ever before. Fortunately, there is a growing community of local beekeepers who treasure these creatures and want to protect them.
Don’t try removing the hive yourself, as this can be dangerous.
Here are tips for finding a beekeeper who can remove your hive:
- Do an internet search or check the Yellow Pages for Beekeeper or honey.
- Contact your County’s Agricultural Extension Service. Although the Extension Services are affiliated with state agricultural universities, Extension offices are typically housed within a county building or park.
- Ask your fire, police or health department. They may have lists of beekeepers who will take unwanted bees.
In the New York/New Jersey area, find registered beekeepers through:
- Central Jersey’s Beekeeping Association website (several Bergen County Beekeepers are on the list)
- New York beekeepers
American Beekeeping Federation: