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  1. #41
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    Default Re: How to price bee removal

    Bees in low wall in garage with plain drywall. That's easy and around $300.
    Bees in masonry 30 feet off the ground? Scaffold rental? Extra man?
    Travel? We charged $1500 to remove bees from masonry and then put back like before.

    There have been jobs I walked away from because it was too much. Typically it's inside and up 3 or 4 flights of stairs. Have done a few like that and you're like a zombie for three days afterwards and you can't pay me enough for that.
    Have been getting very picky about which removals I will do. Get burned just once or twice and you get that way.

    Wish I had twenty bucks for every time I get a call from someone with a bee tree that thinks they're going to get a free tree removal just for the bees. Have met some doozies and it happens every two weeks or so. So I'm done with bee trees. Urbana, Illinois is "Tree City USA" and dang they got a lot of feral bees. I'm well-stocked anyway.
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    LA area we do $150 for a half hour or $250 an hour. Never charge flat rate. You never know what is inside that wall/attic, and you never know when the stupid homeowner did something really weird. "it is only a day old!" usually means it is 10+ years and they want a deal. Terminix charges $250 flat rate if they don't have to climb anything, and they leave all the poison and honey behind. If it is in a wall you then need to pay $200 toxic waste dump, and a contractor around $400 to deal with the poison. I find my prices are fair to do bee removals full time.
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    Must be nice, out here a "bee hive in wall, come take them out and their your's" last all of 5 min in Craig's list

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    Quote Originally Posted by msl View Post
    Must be nice, out here a "bee hive in wall, come take them out and their your's" last all of 5 min in Craig's list
    In my experience you need $200 monthly bee removal insurance, a solid "do not sue me" contract which costs around $600 to be written, along with all the proper tools and experience. Then, when you are done you have around a 30-50% chance to actually keep the bees. If someone wants to go through all that for free then they can be my guest. I can sit down in my apiary and make a split in 5 or so mins. I don't need the bees that badly.

    Worst case scenario you get someone stung, or you accidentally hit something in the wall (pipes or wires), and now you just paid a couple grand to catch bees that took off a week later.

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    There are many variables in determining bee removal pricing. The size, the age, and the location all can affect the price of the removal. No two removals are ever the same. Most all of my removals have a minimum charge of $250. We charge $75 for Swarms. The most money Iíve ever charged was $1100.00 to remove and relocate the bees.
    Michael Carnahan M.M. Bees, LLC
    Live Bee Removal & Relocation

  7. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by msl View Post
    Must be nice, out here a "bee hive in wall, come take them out and their your's" last all of 5 min in Craig's list

    Has nothing to do with location. Customer has got some bees in a wall. Come gettem and they're yours.
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  8. #47
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    /every year we get a new crop of novice beekeepers who will do removals for free. Usually they do one and realize how much work is involved and retire from the business. I try to go look at the job before I quote. I give a firm price. Most regular removals from walls and soffits that are less than 8 or 9 feet I figure at two hours @$125.00 an hour, no repairs. Some simple things like a hive in a bush (done several of those) Compost bins etc that don't require much effort I might do for $150. We will go pick up a swarm if its near by at no charge. We usually spend at least a half hour after we are done educating the customer and neighbors who stand around observing. We did one job on a Saturday and got three more jobs by just showing all the jofos how things work. We work with a few realtors who are always finding hives in vacant houses.

  9. #48
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    When they ask you, "Do you want some free bees?" Tell 'em, "Sir/Madam, if the bees are indeed free, why would you have them behind the wall?"

    Eb

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    For cutouts: $30 for me to come out, take a look, and write up a proposal. Like my quote and hire me?...$30 credit on final bill. That covers my time to come look at it, weeds out the "it should be free" folks, and secures the job nicely. Contract, insurance are a must.
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