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We are now done collecting nests for the 2017 season.  Thank you for visiting our website. Please be in touch next year!

Cascadia Venom Collection specializes in the free removal of live, unsprayed hornet, yellowjacket, bee & wasp nests.

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.

What type of Insect do I have?

We only collect unsprayed nests!

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.

We do not remove Bumblebees!

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 do not remove them. 

The Chemical-Free Removal Process

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.

Cascadia Venom Collection serves the South Puget Sound and surrounding areas. We frequent Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Rochester, Centralia, Shelton, Tenino, Rainier and Yelm.

Request a Free Nest Removal

Hold the pesticides!

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.

Our collection season is June-October...

Honeybee colonies are perennial and we collect swarms as early as April, but all of the other stinging insects in our area have completed their annual life cycle for the season and don't initiate new nests until the summer months. 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 live nests this upcoming Summer!!