Insects greatly outnumber mammals but most are beneficial to our environment. However, there are a few nuisance pests that can manage to invade your home or property and prove to be harmful with a bite or sting, especially to those who are allergic or hypersensitive. We’ve all seen movies about “killer bees” and laughed at those old Bee Movies, but Africanized honeybees (AHB) are no joke! Africanized honeybees are a hybrid, resulting from the cross of the docile western and European honeybees. Africanized bees are extremely aggressive in temperament and reproduction. If you need expert bee and beehive removal in Southern California, this can be a dangerous job requiring a professional like Critter Busters, Inc. We are licensed, bonded and insured and can be reached immediately at 1-800-273-6059 for your free estimate. We also offer emergency after-hours services for an additional fee.

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Beehive Removal at Waterford HOA
Beehive Removal at Waterford HOA

The signs of a bee infestation are clear. If you see several bees hovering near your house, going in and out of a small hole, there’s likely a hive inside your wall void. You’re not just in physical danger, but also in danger of property damage that can be very expensive. California gets very hot during the Summer, which can cause honeycombs to melt and seep into plaster and siding. Their hives can also attract other insects such as ants, mites, termites and carpet beetles.

Valve Box Infestation
Beehive Removal in Valve Box

Bees can establish hives under empty buckets, valve boxes, in garages, roofs, eaves, and trees in your yard. A few bees, lingering in one of these areas, may be a sign of thousands more. Worst of all, Africanized bees can take over native honeybee nests, killing their queen and establishing their own. An Africanized queen can produce as many as 2,000 eggs per day, so you can get an idea of just how many might be expanding in the space beneath their tiny entrance hole. Bees can be a serious problem and if you need beehive removal in California, you need the professional specialists from Critter Busters.

Once you’ve discovered the problem, please don’t try to handle it yourself. Africanized bees defend their hives with a vengeance. Stay clear of the hive and call a professional to remove the hive with the proper tools and equipment. When Africanized bees attack, they do so in great numbers.


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When it comes to beehive removal Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura County residents have no better resource. Our services are fast, thorough, professional and safe. Additionally, we guarantee our work. We’ll find out where the bees are getting in. We treat your property respectfully, doing as little damage to the roofline, walls and siding as possible. We also seal up their entry points to make sure bees can't get back in.

Beehive TreatmentOnce we remove the honeycombs, honey and bees, we dispose of them for you, leaving you and your home safe once again. For bee and beehive removal in California homeowners and commercial real estate owners have relied on our services for many years.

As a final note, remember that western and European honeybees don’t usually congregate near humans. Always assume the hive you’ve discovered in your walls or siding is Africanized, and call us for a fast resolution to your problem!




Wasps are some of the most feared insects because of their bite or sting. In California, only a few species of wasps live a social life including yellow jackets, hornets and paper wasps. Mud daubers, on the other hand, live a solitary life and rarely sting, as they do not defend their nests. Yellow jackets, perhaps the most problematic of the bunch, aggressively defend their nest especially when nested in the ground (western yellow jackets, sometimes called the meat bee). These yellow jackets usually nest in old rodent holes, such as gopher systems or vole tunnels, but can invade your home and nest in tight wall voids and other spaces. A yellow jackets nest population can easily range from between 1500 individuals to 15,000. Aerial nesting yellow jackets can build their nests on tree branches or under the eaves of your home and are often confused to be paper wasps. However, yellow jackets primarily only have one opening at the bottom of the nest, whereas paper wasps generally leave the nest exposed to where individual cells can be seen. The nest size of a paper wasp generally ranges anywhere from 12 to 200 individuals.

Honey Bee

Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera)

The European Honey Bee & Africanized Honey Bee (AHB) are closely related and neither individual bee can be distinguished from the other in terms of the naked eye. In many respects, European bees are similar in behavior, with the Africanized honey bee being used in agriculture for crop pollination and also more aggressive when defending a hive. Neither of the two are likely to sting when foraging for pollen unless threatened.

Bees are an integral part of our world, but can be pests when they live in close proximity to humans and our pets. They commonly nest in irrigation boxes, trees, shrubs, and can enter buildings and other structures through small holes and cracks in stucco, roof lines, and other areas. Honey bees are perennial insects that can survive more than one year. They form tight clusters when hive temperatures approach 58°F to generate heat and consume honey. If enough honey exists in the hive they can survive temperatures down to -28°F. :