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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, honeybee & 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.

Unless you have over a dozen, active flat paper nests with the exposed honeycomb-like structure, we only remove them from places we are already removing yellowjackets or hornets.

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!

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 *usually* do not remove Bumblebees!

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. 

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.
If you don't live in one of these areas, you may not hear back from us during our peak season.

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.

We are now collecting honeybee swarms and bumblebee colonies! Our collection season for all other species typically begins in June.

Hornets have initiated their nests for the season, we'd love to come remove your nest as soon as it reaches the size of a canteloupe. Paper wasps also have nests right now, but they are so common and non-aggressive we usually only remove them from places we are already removing another desired species. Ground nesting yellowjackets begin their nests later in the summer.