The Bee Shepherds Bee Removal  

  "we care for the little ones that care for you"  800-871-9496

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If you have any of the bees shown on this page that you would like removed from your property, give us a call........518-705-5618


Wasps and bees are commonly found in structures such as soffits, walls, ceilings, attics, etc. as well as in ground nests. It is critical to identify which type of insect you are dealing with as largly controls how difficult it will be to remove them and affects the price of removal.

  • Yellow jackets   
  •  Yellow jackets are usually about 1/2 to 3/4 of a inch and hav alternating yellow and black markings on their abdomen. These are easily distinguishable from honey bees by the yelllow coloration of their legs, as honey bee legs are consistantly dark brown to black. In addition, yellow jackets have no hair or "peach fuzz" on their body and they appear glossy when viewed up close. These insects are very aggressive in defending themselves or their nest. Their stinger is not barbed, so they can sting repeatedly. Like honey bees, yellow jackets can be found nesting inside structures such as soffits, walls, ceilings, etc. If not dealt with early on, yellow jackets are perfectly capable of eating through your sheet rock and coming into your home.

  • Bald faced Hornets   
  • The nest can be quite large for some colonies of Bald faced Hornets. It is made of a papery material and will usually range in size from a softball to a large pillow. Nests can commonly be found hanging from tree branches, bushes, and soffits. These insects are most easily distinguished by there large size, black and white colors and their aggressive nature. Amazingly, Bald Faced Hornets have the ability to spit venom into the eyes of people or predators. I learned this lesson the hard way and you will now see that we wear eye protection on all of our jobs.

  • Honey bees 
  • Honey bees are easily distinguished from yellow jackets by the color of their legs. Honey bee legs are uniformly colored as dark brown or black. Honey bees also have "peach fuzz" or fine hairs on their thorax, abdomen, and legs. Although they are not as fuzzy or hairy as a bumble bee, they are a stark contrast from yellow jackets which have no hair and appear glossy in color. Another way to determine if you are infested with honey bees ore yellow jackets is to observe their entrance. If, during the middle of a warm summer day, you see only a handful of insects around the entrace then it is more than likely a yellow jacket colony.  If you look at the entrance and there are 50 or 60 insects at the entrance at any given time, then it is more than likely a honey bee colony as they tend to be much larger than yellow jackets.



  • Honey bee swarm   
  • Honey bees swarm in the late spring and early summer as a means of expanding their species. When a colony of honey bees outgrow their current home, they create a new queen and depart the nest with upwards of 40% of the original colony. These bees will cluster on branches, siding, cars, etc. until a suitable new home can be found. Bees who are swarming are at their most docile state since they have no home to defend. I have a video on this site of a swarm removal that I did bare handed and with no suit or other protective equipment.


  • Bumble bees   

  • It nests underground in colonies of several hundred individuals. The nests are usually in abandoned rodent burrows, in mulch, or under logs or debris. The abdomen of the bumble bee is covered with hairs. Bumble bees are much larger than honey bees and look more like flying cotton balls. I have never seen bumble bees nesting inside a structure but have rescued several nests from the ground. Bumble bees are not aggressive and will only sting when provoked. Only the females of the species can sting and the males can be easily distinguished because they are all black.

  • Cicada killer     .

  •  It is 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and black with pale-yellow markings on the last three abdominal segments. These wasps are very intimidating to see flying near you but they are one of the least aggressive species. They will only stung if handled roughly and the famales of the species are the only ones capable of stinging. Luckily, these scary looking insects also have one of the weakest stings. If you have cicada killers you will see what appear to be small ant mounds dug into any exposed dirt with a hole in the center. These insects burrow underground.


  • Mud dauber wasp   
  • It is a black wasp with a long, thin waist, and is not a social wasp. It is not very aggressive and rarely stings people. However, it often builds its mud nests close to human activity.


  • Mud dauber brood chamber  
  • The mud dauber constructs brood chambers from mud on the sides of buildings and under eaves. The wasp stings and paralyzes spiders, lays an egg on them, and seals them inside the chambers. The wasp larva hatches and feeds on the spiders. An emergence hole in the mud means the wasp has emerged from the chamber.

  • Paper wasp   
  • It is usually yellow with brown markings or black with red or yellow markings. These wasps are aggressive and they readily sting. People are usually stung while trimming shrubbery or cleaning nests from eaves of houses.These wasps also commonly build pancake like nests beneath shutters on your home. Paper wasps have one of the most painful stings of all the insects on this page as i've learned the hard way.


  • Paper wasp nest   
    Paper wasp nests are made of a papery material that is shaped like an inverted umbrella. It usually has a single comb with up to 250 wasps. Nests are often built under eaves or on branches of shrubs. The eggs are laid in a cell. When the larvae hatch, the wasps feed them. They forage for caterpillars and other small insects to feed the larvae.




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The Bee Shepherds Bee Removal & Honey Sales
Mike & Shelly Mollica
Working out of three locations:
8 Cummings Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095
6 Hark Lane, Westbury, NY 11590
710 route 28, Warrensburg,NY 12885
Phone: (518) 705-5618



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