Here are some of the most used but there are other more creative ways to remove bees depending on the location, size etc.
There is an initial $40.00 fee for inspection.
This covers travel to site, time to observe the bees to determine they're intent, size, location in structure, entrances etc. , a general customer education and discussion of options for your situation.
Option A: - is "extermination", You can have an exterminator poison the bees, risk spreading colony collapse to other hives, and leave 50,000 dead bees in your wall. The rotting smell won’t last more than a month at the most, but the comb and honey left behind will attract ants, wax moths, and mice. When July & August comes, you may notice honey seeping through your walls. Plus once the extermination process has begun most Beekeepers will not want the bees.The bees, comb and honey are all now contaminated. 50% of the time extermination is not successful. (Based on the calls myself and other Beekeeper’s get). The Queen and a few bees weren’t killed and she starts laying again.
Option B: - A “cut-out”, this is where where a section of the walls, etc. are removed to allow the removal of the Bee Colony. Most of the time a cut-out can be accomplished in a day. This is usually the best option over-all. This is a job by job basis depending on the level of difficulty. Minimum $300.00 to start an exterior "cut out" and $40.00/hr. after the first hour.
Minimum $400.00 for an interior or second story "cut out" and $60.00/hr. after the first hour. These prices may be negotiable under certain circumstances.
Option C: - Is a “trap out”, we first seal all the entrances to the hive in the wall, except one. Then we cover the one left open with a long, funnel-shaped screen. Bees will come out of the cone on their foraging trips, but when they come back home they won’t be able to find their way back into the hive.Near the end of the cone we put a hive box with frames of food and brood, (cells with eggs and larvae). When the foragers can’t find their way back into the hive inside your house, they will give up and join the secondary hive box. It takes a long time because you have to wait for the colony’s full cycle to turn. Approximately 25 days. First the foragers and drones will end up in the hive box, but then the brood that’s already in your wall have to hatch and develop to foraging stage before they’ll be ready to fly out and end up joining the secondary colony. The food stores will start to deplete in the hive and eventually the Queen and other’s will have no choice but to leave.This could take around 4 months to complete.The cost will be a fee to cover the setting up of the hive, $100.00-$200.00 depending on level of difficulty, cost of the inspection trips. About twice a week, & will depend on the distance I have to travel. Usually about $40.00/week. Once the colony in your wall has failed, the bees adopted into the secondary colony will have no loyalty to it. What about all that pest-attracting honey mentioned above that’ll still be inside the house?” You asked. At that point you have the option to allow us to we remove the one-way cone and let the bees go back inside your house. The bees in the new box will fly into your walls and rob out every last bit of honey and most of the wax transferring it to the new colony. They’re thorough! Because there’s no telling where inside your house the hive is, this is the only way to leave your place clean inside without demolition. There is a risk that the bees or another swarm could re-enter the space during this time. However this has never happened to anyone I know who have used this method.
Option D: Is a “Forced abscond”, this involves smoke special oils trap and other methods to force the bees to run. This also can be time consuming but usually done in a day.$100.00 to start procedure and $40.00 an hour until finished.
Again, level of difficulty is a key factor and jobs are subject to "special circumstance" fees. Such as attics, chimneys, confined entry etc. Some jobs may require renting special equipment such as a man lift/scissor lift and or permit fees etc.