I put my name out there for swarms, minor cutouts, and trapping removals. Recently I got a call from a homeowner with bees in his walls. We discussed the options and decided to try a trapping removal.
I realize that trapping removals could be considered to be more trouble than they're worth, and I realize that I could, and probably should, charge for it. But since I am a hobbyist just starting my second year I'm willing to try it at least once without charging because I consider it a chance to gain more experience.
Below is a copy of the handout and 'disclaimer' that I put together for this. I though someone just might find it helpful, but if anyone has any suggestions for modifications in case I do this again I would appreciate it. Please note that I have no legal background whatsoever. I realize that the 'legalese' in the disclaimer would probably not be worth much in court, but I wanted to make sure I had something in writing. Use it at your own risk. Handout:
Things you can expect with a trapping removal of honeybees:
It takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks to get all of the bees out. I will stop by about once a week to check everything out, but your observations will help.
A hive box will need to be left at the site the whole time. It should be as close as possible to the entrance, especially during the first 4 to 6 weeks. We will need to work out the details of how to place this hive box and how to secure a screen cone around the entrance so as to not damage your house.
(standard drawing of house wall, cone, and hive box inserted here)
From time to time bees will cloud around the screen cone and hive box, especially during the first week or two. Please don't use pesticide on this cloud of bees. They will typically settle down within an hour. The bees will not be aggressive if you avoid the area immediately in front the entrance (within 5 to 10 feet.) Sometimes bees will 'head butt' as a warning. Walking away briskly is the best thing to do if this happens. Avoid swatting bees near the entrance because this can provoke them. Children and pets should not be permitted near the entrance.
Bees will try to find and use additional entrances. This could include entrances inside the house; in light fixtures, through cracks in woodwork and windowsills, etc. You should try to find and close any additional entrances using caulk, steel wool, expanding foam insulation, or duct tape. If necessary a small amount of bug spray in these cracks should not significantly harm the other bees or interfere with the trapping removal.
Once no more bees have come out for about a week you can seal up the entrance if you so choose. However it is usually better to let the bees have access to the old entrance so that they can remove any honey that is left inside. This process will take another 1 to 2 weeks. During this time 'wax' moths will consume most of the wax. Allowing this process to complete will prevent a 'meltdown' that could result in problems with honey seeping into the house, attracting pests, etc. (This assumes that there is a queen in the hive box. Since it is nearly impossible to get the queen to come out when doing a trapping removal, part of what I will be doing will be trying to get the bees to raise a new queen.) Once I remove the hive box you should permanently seal the entrance.
Some bees will die inside the screen cone over the entrance. I will clean it out at every time I come by, but if it looks like it is getting clogged up please let me know and I will come and clean it out as soon as I can.
When it comes time to remove the hive box I will need to do so after dark in order to get as many bees in the hive as possible. You will probably see at least a few bees clustering near the site of the hive for up to 10 days after it is removed. They will not be aggressive.
I will do this removal to the best of my ability, while respecting your property and privacy to the best of my ability. However please read and sign a copy of the disclaimers provided.Disclaimer:
a. I will not charge you anything for removing the bees.
b. I will not pay you anything for the bees.
a. I retain ownership of my equipment and any tools (such as ladders) that I leave on your property during the removal process.
b. I am the owner of any wax, honey, or pollen that the bees place in my equipment. I am the owner of any queen bees that the bees raise in my equipment. I am the owner of any brood that any queen bee places in my equipment
c. Otherwise the bees themselves belong to you until I remove them from your property in my equipment.
d. If at any time you choose to have me remove my equipment before the removal is complete I will have 72 hours after you contact me to do so.
3. Liability and property damage
a. I will not hold you responsible for any injury that I may incur while on your property involving the removal.
b. I am not responsible for any injuries to you or anyone on your property related to the bees themselves or to the removal of the bees.
c. I am not responsible for any damage that may occur to your property related to the removal of the bees.
a. During the removal process I have the right to enter and use your property during daylight hours solely for the purpose of inspecting the bees and my equipment. During these visits I may add or remove some or all of my equipment
b. I will try to inspect the bees approximately once per week. Inspections will typically happen in the early evening hours or on weekends unless other arrangements are made.
c. If you so request we can set up a schedule for inspections. Otherwise I will attempt to contact you at least 1 hour prior to my arrival for an inspection. If there are any specific times that you do not want me to inspect the bees let me know and we can make other arrangements.
d. On the day the bees are finally removed from your property in my equipment I will have the right to do so after dark (in order to leave as few bees behind as possible.)
5. Guarantees, expressed or implied
a. There is no guarantee that the removal will be successful.
b. There is no guarantee as to the duration of the removal.
c. There is no guarantee that bees will not move back into your house in the future.