Pinellas Bee, Yellow Jacket & Wasp Experts

When it comes to honey bees, yellow jackets and wasps, you want to make sure you call a professional. And while bees, yellow jackets and wasps can be very different, they can all sting!

Stinging insects are serious business and you can get yourself in trouble real fast! When dealing with bees and yellow jackets, there are no “do overs” or “time outs”. If you decide to deal with a hive and something goes wrong, you can die and so can other people. Yes, it sounds dramatic but it can happen and that is why you want to hire a professional. A professional not only knows what to do, they also know what NOT TO DO and how to make sure they others do not get stung. Treating a nest around a high traffic area can mean others get stung and if someone gets stung that is allergic to bees or wasps-they can die.

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We at Creepy Creatures, Inc. know what to do and what not to do to make sure hives and nests are safely treated.

Palm Harbor, Clearwater and the rest of Pinellas has lots of honey bees and they love to live in homes. One of the bees favorite places to live is inside of blocks in block homes or in eaves of homes. Honey bees typically do not live underground with exceptions being inside water meters and under sheds.

Aren’t Honey Bees Endangered?

If you listen to the media or anyone in the general public you would think honey bees are nearly extinct. This could not be further from the truth. Our honey bee populations are at a 20 YEAR HIGH!!! But why do so many people think bees are nearly extinct? There are a few reasons and many of them are just because specific facts were made general facts. Such as, bees in Hawaii are in trouble so some people take that as bees everywhere are in trouble. There are HUNDREDS of different kinds of bees and some of these are in trouble…but not honeybees.

There are two types of classifications of bees. The first is “commercial honey bees”. There are bees that are kept and maintained by humans. This is big business as many of these beekeepers literally lease their bees out to farmers or periods of time.

The other kinds is wild/feral bees. These are bees that live in the wild and answer to no one. These are the kind that get into homes and are dealt with as “nuisance bees”.

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Commercial bees were having an issue with “Colony collapse disorder” and were not sure why so many captive hives were dying off. Some blamed pesticides but there was no clearcut evidence.

On the other hand, wild/feral honey bees thrived!

Regardless, honey bees are beneficial and should only be killed when no other practical options are available.


Before considering killing any honey bees, it is critical to make sure you are dealing with a hive and not a swarm. A “Swarm” happens when a hive decides to split. A queen will leave a hive along with a few hundred of her closest friends in search of a new home.

A swarm is really an amazing thing to see. There are hundreds and hundreds of bees flying around and exploring. When they are swarming they ARE NOT AGGRESSIVE at all. The best way to tell a swarm from a hive is, with a hive the bees will be entering a wall or structure through one or two openings. With a swarm, bees will just be flying all over and not have a specific point of entry. There are times with a swarm when many bees will enter a home and take over a room, then the next day the entire swarm is gone.

The best solution for a swarm is to just wait. A swarm with ALWAYS disappear in a day or two and will not need to be killed or removed.

In general, honey bees are not aggressive, however, once triggers they will swarm any threat to the hive. This is not a job for an amateur.

Africanized honey bees are also found around Pinellas county. This invasive species looks identical to our regular honey bees with the exception of their attitude. They are fierce and when you make one Africanized honey bee mad, you make all Africanized honey bees mad..

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Honey Beehive Removal

A beehive is made entirely of wax and within the comb are eggs, larva and honey. If one calls around, most bee removal professionals will recommend removing the beehive, typically for a cost of $500-$1000 or more. After more than 25 years of dealing with bees, we RARELY remove beehives and NEVER have any issues from not doing so. We recommend treating the hive for a FRACTION OF THE PRICE. And if they dead hive does become an issue, we can remove it for an additional cost.

While we occasionally remove hives are are either exposed or set in rotten wood, we rarely remove any others and just never, ever have any negative issues.

Yellow Jackets & Ground Hornets

Yellow Jackets are wonderful insects to have around…as long as you do not have to interact with them! They have great social skills within their own colony but they do not care have you living anywhere near them. Yellow jackets are less common but still abundant and tend to live underground or in the ferns around the top of date palms. Yellow jackets can be VERY aggressive, especially with larger nests. DO NOT ATTEMPT ON YOUR OWN.

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