Bees on Your Property?
Because of the still expanding presence of Africanized honey bees in Florida, it is state recommendation that all feral honey bee colonies (not managed by beekeepers) nesting in close proximity to areas frequented by people or domestic animals be eradicated by a licensed and insured Pest Control Operator (PCO) or removed by a registered beekeeper for purposes of public safety. Because eradication or removal is a state recommendation, we will not remove the bees for you. We will provide you with lists of licensed pest control operators and registered beekeepers in your area who perform the services. We will also provide a considerable amount of information about Africanized bees around the home at afbee.com, by phone or email.
See our Article on choosing a PCO: Choosing the Right PCO for Honey Bee Removal: A Consumer Guide
The Bees Seem Calm...
Many people decide not to do anything about a feral colony because the “bees seem calm”. Just because a colony is calm now does not mean that it will always be. Bee colonies become more defensive once their nest is established because they have something to protect. This can take months to happen. Also, there is evidence that the average queen (at least in managed colonies) lives less than one year. When a new queen is born to replace the old queen, she leaves the colony to mate in the air with 15-20 different male bees (drones). Therefore, she is mating with drones from nearby colonies, not typically with drones from her own hive. If Africanized bees are in the area, the new queen may mate with the Africanized drones and the resulting offspring can display Africanized bee characteristics (heightened defensive behavior). Therefore, a colony that was calm 6 months ago may be defensive today.
The Bees are Disappearing...
The Africanized bee issue and the disappearance of managed honey bees are unrelated as far as most experts are concerned. This means that eradicating one feral honey bee nest in Florida does little, if anything, to honey bee populations in general. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is NOT searching for feral colonies in an effort to destroy them all. However, they are recommending that honey bees found nesting in proximity to areas where people and domestic animals frequent be eradicated by licensed, insured, and trained Pest Control Operators or removed by registered beekeepers.
How to get added to the bee removal list ...
If you would like your company added to the bee removal list please click the following link and print and fill out the states official REQUEST FOR INCLUSION ON AHB BEE ERADICATION OR REMOVAL LIST.
You may then scan & email, fax, or mail the form to:
Joseph E. Parker
Division of Agricultural Environmental Services
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Conner Building
3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite N
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650
(850) 617-7967 Fax
- Honey Bee Research &
University of Florida
Entomology & Nematology
PO Box 110620
Bldg. 970 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
- Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab (HBREL)
- Africanized Honey Bees
- UF/IFAS - Solutions for
Your Life (SfYL)
- Florida Department of
Agriculture & Consumer
Services - Division of
Bureau of Plant
& Apiary Inspection
UF/IFAS Edis Topics
- Africanized Honey Bee
- African Honey Bee
Information for School
- African Honey Bee: What You Need to Know
- Bee-Proofing for Florida Citizens
- Frequently Asked
Questions about the
Africanized Honey Bee in Florida
- Keeping Africanized Honey Bees Out of Wildlife Nest Boxes
- What to do about African Honey Bees: A Consumer Guide