ALERT: Include information on active seasons or other important items
We are now done collecting nests for the 2017 season. Thank you for visiting our website. Please be in touch next year!
We remove exposed “paper ball” type nests as well as concealed, in-ground nesting species. The insects collected are sold to labs that extract their venom for use in allergy immunotherapy.
We also collect honeybee swarms and can remove established honeybee hives which will be organically managed for pollination and honey production. If you have a honeybee swarm or an established honeybee hive, DO NOT SPRAY IT!!!!!!!! Give us a call!
Insects that are treated with any pesticides or chemicals are not allowed for use in human allergy immunotherapy. Therefore, we will not collect nests that have been messed with in any way. Oftentimes, spraying a nest with pesticides is not even effective in completely killing the colony. It is very easy to tell if nests have been sprayed, and we charge a service fee of $50 for travel expenses and will not remove the nest or insects if we arrive and find this to be the case.
Please, leave the nest alone and call us for free removal and cleanup.
But, this year we are helping with a research project done by Oregon State University's forestry department, and are looking for ten bumble bee colonies to remove and re-locate for their study. Please get in touch if you'd like a bumble bee colony removed this Spring!
Unless disturbed, most bumblebee species are not aggressive and stings from them are almost unheard of. Bumblebees have a very short annual lifecycle, typically between two and three months. Be grateful for their presence, appreciate them from a distance and feel lucky you are able to host these amazing pollinators!
Bumblebees are valuable native pollinators and we *typically* do not remove them.
Using a protective bee suit, gloves and boots, we place a small vacuum powered trap next to the entrance of the nest. Next, we disturb the nests and vacuum up the insects as they come out to defend their colony. We continue to vacuum at the entrance of the nest for up to an hour to ensure we collect nearly all of the workers as they return from foraging and attempt to return home.
Once we have collected all the live insects, we immediately freeze them using dry ice to preserve their venom. We then remove the nest itself along with the paper combs and clean up any remaining debris.
The exact areas covered depends on species needed, time of year, and particular insect populations which vary year to year. We encourage you to contact us and give us the opportunity to collect your nest before attempting to use pesticides or chemicals to kill the nest.
Honeybee colonies are perennial and we are now collecting swarms, but all of the other stinging insects in our area have an annual life cycle and don't initiate new nests until the summer months. You may begin to see queen hornets, yellowjackets, and wasps out foraging in this nice weather, but there are no active nests to remove for another month or so. You can read more about the annual life cycle of hornets, yellowjackets, and wasps on the insect ID pages of this website. Please get in touch with us to remove your live, unsprayed nests this Summer!!