Angie's List: Getting rid of a bee colony

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You're probably expecting a few guests this summer, but what if 50,000 made a surprise stop and had no plans to leave?

That's how many honeybees are in an average colony.

So what should you do if they decide to call your house home?

Ask a few key questions before hiring a bee specialist, including “What do your services cover?”

Many experts only focus on bee removal, so if they cut into your ceilings or walls, you may have to hire a separate contractor to repair the damage.

Also as how many removals have they performed and will they remove the honeycomb?

A honeycomb left unattended will melt into a sticky mess that could seep through your walls, attracting more bees.

"Getting rid of bees is not a do-it-yourself project." Angie’s List’s Angie Hicks said. "In fact, last summer when I had bees attacking my kid's swing set I called in a professional and the reason is you might not realize how big of a problem it is until you're actually in the midst of fixing it. You might see a few bees, but there might be a lot more behind where you can't see. Hiring a professional can make sure it's done safely."

Experts tell Angie's List a bee removal in a home could cost between $200 and $800.

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