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Bee Removal & Relocation

Professional & Experienced

Licensed & Insured

Got bees?  We can help.
Paradise Nectar has offered honey bee removal & relocation services on Big Island since 2008.  The majority of our hives have come from wild hives we removed and brought to our honey bee sanctuary.  We know wild bees, and we would be delighted to help you out with your removal needs.

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Bee Removal & Relocation

Wild Hive Rescue

Paradise Nectar owners Jen Rasmussen & John Lair are skilled and experienced honey bee rescuers.  John is a professional carpenter who builds homes for people & bees, and has years of experience opening structures to remove bees with minimal damage to the structure.       Jen has been rescuing honeybees since 2008 and created Paradise Nectar Apiaries with primarily wild hives she rescued.  Together they make a dynamic team and leave your home free of bees and easy to put back together.  John also offers follow up repairs to ensure bees cannot get in again.  Have no fear!  The bee rescuers are here!!


Wild Hive Removal

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Wild Hive Removal

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Wild Hive Removal

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Wild Hive Removal

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The Removal Process

What we do..

Depending on where bees have chosen to build their hive, access may be limited.  Paradise Nectar Bee Team always chooses the best entry point to ensure minimal damage and easy access to the bees.  Once bees are located and made accessible, the combs are removed and inspected for the queen bee.  Once the queen is found she is placed in a secure ventilated capsule for safe transport.  Bees are placed into a travel box and sealed for transport.  All wax and remnants that are removable, are removed.  Remaining bees are vacuumed and contained safely for travel.  

Since honey bees only live up to 4-6 weeks and not all of them make it back to the hive each night, there are always some stragglers who get left behind.  The numbers will vary depending on hive size.  If the colony is only accessible from the inside of the structure, it will be sealed up until follow up care is possible with a plastic drop cloth.  

All removals are different, so a consultation is needed before an estimate may be given.

Base price for ground floor removals is $250.

Base price for 2-story buildings is $500.

Minimum fee for all rooftop removals is $1000.

The price increases with increased risk.

For complicated rescues additional fees will apply.  


Please take time to review our Rescue & Relocation Liability Release Form.  Mahalo!

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Honey Bee Removal & Relocation Questions

Please review the following questions and send us the answers in the message box below:

  • Where is the hive located? 

  • How high up is the entrance?

  • How long have they been there?

  • What material are the walls on the inside and outside made of?

  • Has anyone else tried to remove them, sprayed them with wasp spray, and/or used moth balls?

  • Are there any electrical wires or plumbing features in the wall?  Is it possible to turn off the electricity in the area during the removal if wires are present?

  • Is there a ladder available on site?

  • Are you the owner, tenant, etc.?

  • Have bees lived in the structure before?

Thank you for taking the time to review and answer the questions.  We will review your answers and will email you an estimate as soon as possible. 

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Honey Bee Rescue Liability Release Form

  • Paradise Nectar owners Jen Rasmussen Lair & John Lair agree to offer wild hive removal services on the premises.  This includes removing the bees & their wax combs.

  • In order to remove the bees the structure must be opened up to attain access to the bees and their combs.  Without removing the combs, there is risk of not locating the queen and left behind eggs can be made into a new queen.

  • Depending on the location of the hive the point of access may vary.  It will be decided that the least labor intensive and more easily repaired opening be made. 

  • If there is electrical wire, gas hook-ups, or plumbing involved in opening up the wall an added fee will apply due to the risk of safety.  All electrical and gas must be turned off prior to the removal of the bees. 

  • Once the wall is opened, the queen, combs, and bees are removed.  They are relocated to Paradise Nectar Apiaries.  Some forager bees will remain who did not return back from gathering food before dusk.  These bees cannot reproduce and so cannot create or sustain a new hive. 

  • Its recommended that the home owner or person repairing the wall use KILZ stain blocker spray on the area the bees touched.  Paradise Nectar offers repairs as a separate service and rates vary depending on the job specifications.

  • If a queen should run while the bees and combs are being removed it may be necessary to open up a new area to reach the hives new location.  This is more common in older homes due to the stud designs and lumber defects. 

  • Removal services are offered one hive at a time.  Structures with multiple hives, even if removed on the same day, are invoiced separately.  Each hive removal is priced due to risk, location & accessibility, pesticide poisoning, & ventilation.

  • If a hive has been poisoned by pesticides Paradise Nectar prefers not to remove it.  If it is agreed that the hive will be removed by Paradise Nectar a minimum fee of $200 will be added to the original quoted rate.  The chemicals get into the combs, they get on the bees, and then they get on the person who touches the wax and the bees.  In addition the pesticides contaminate the honey making it toxic to consume. 

  • A minimum fee of $250 applies to all ground floor removals.  For more complicated rescues additional fees will apply.  Second story removals start at $500.  If it is necessary, a lift or scaffolding may be required, at the owners expense.  If ladders are the only option to access the colony, rates will increase due to the risk. 

  • Paradise Nectar Apiaries, represented by owners Jen Rasmussen Lair & John Lair agree to offer the services of honey bee removal and relocation.  Paradise Nectar has informed you of the possible undesirable outcomes that may arise such as possible cut wires, bees running to a new location in the adjacent walls, or unreachable combs due to inaccessible locations. 

  • Paradise Nectar and owners Jen Rasmussen Lair & John Lair, are released of liability for any and all actions taken to gain access to the queen, combs, and bees, and remove them.  This service is offered as per your request. 


  • Release of Liability Agreement:


Bee Removal Date:

Home Owner/s:                                                

Home Renter/s:


I completely understand and realize that the servicesbeing offered by Paradise Nectar will be rendered to the best of their ability.I recognize the possibility for complications and therefore release Paradise Nectar and its affiliates of all liability.


By signing below, I release Paradise Nectar from all liability, costs, and damages which could arise from the participation in bee removal services.I agree to accept financial responsibility for the costs related to this emergency honeybee rescue and relocation and give my confirmation of the same by signing this document.


Signature of Owner/s: 

Signature of Renter/s: 

Signature of Paradise Nectar Operator/s: 

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