Arvelos Job- 5/20/17

Chantilly, Virginia is named after the Chantilly Plantation that once was there. During the Civil War, yankee troops burned and destroyed the house. Today, we are here to help the Arvelos family with a bee colony removal.

  When we arrived at the Arvelos residence, it was an overcast day but we were still able to see the bees going in and out of the A/C line penetration. These little ladies will take advantage of any hole if it accesses an enclosure where they won’t be disturbed.

 We used our thermal camera to locate the bees. We found them in between the basement and first floor. We would need to acces them from below. So we headed to the basement.

 Mr. Arvelos informed us that the family had just finished remodeling downstairs where the bees were located. The Sheetrock had only been installed a few months prior, so we knew that the hive couldn’t be but so big.

  After Destiny and I got suited up it was time to get to work. The first thing to do was to build a room using drop cloth. This will contain the bees and allow us to capture the stragglers easier.

 Upon cutting into the ceiling, we ran into a small issue. The A/C lines and electric ran right above where we were cutting. Carefully, we cut the hole bigger and we’re able to locate the bees. They were right where we had thought they would be. 

 Even though they were a new hive, they had built a good amount of comb. We estimate that they had been there about a month.

 We vacuumed and cut comb for the next thirty minutes. We were using a cardboard box as the hive with thin strips of wood screwed along the top to support the frames.

 This hive was so new that we weren’t able to tie the comb into the frames because the comb was so fragile. Instead we laid the comb in the bottom and allowed the bees to take care of the eggs and larvae. 

 When we finished, we cleaned up our mess, caught the stragglers, and loaded our equipment. 

  It was such a pleasure to meet Mr. and Mrs. Arvelos. They both have such warm and friendly personalities. We are glad to have met the Arvelos family! Thank you for choosing Old Dominion!

Louis Job- 5/18/17

This job brought us to Kenly’s hometown of Amelia, Virginia.

  We were called to Mrs. Louis’ house after a visitor had discovered a clump of bees on the brick wall of her home. When we arrived, there were a few bees going in and out of a gap in the flashing over the brick.

 Using the thermal camera, we confirmed our suspicions. The bees were in the ceiling of the first floor.

Elisha, suited up and ready to go!


Our first order of business was to build a room using drop cloth. This would contain the bees, keep the customer safe, and make removing the stragglers easier.

  Once the room was built, we were ready to roll. We started by using a sawzall to cut the Sheetrock out so we could access the hive.

Cutting the access hole

With the Sheetrock and insulation out of the way we were able to see the hive. We estimate that this hive had been there only a couple months but they were working hard.

Such a beautiful sight! A rough estimate would be about 2,000 -3,000 bees.

  After taking some pictures. We started the removal. Elisha had brought his vacuum with a dryer duct as a hose. The suction was perfect for removing bees. 

Vacuuming can be fun!
Kenly vacuuming the bees. The bees wouldn’t cooperate. They kept running to the back of the combs.

 After we were done removing the bees and comb, we sealed the entrance from the inside to keep out any straggler that returned. Elisha just happened to have some Sheetrock, so he did a great job patching the hole!

Nice work by Elisha!

 Once our mess was cleaned up we vacuumed the few stragglers left outside and then loaded our equipment. 

  We really enjoyed working for Mrs. Louis! She is such a kind person. Thank you, Mrs. Louis!

Wilson Job- 5/17/17

With it’s beautiful views and winding country roads, it is no wonder why so many people call Lynchburg home. 

Bearding bees are a sign of a healthy hive.


We were called to the “Hill City” to remove honey bees from an old church. What a beautiful little church it was.

 Ivy Chapel Union Church sits on a rock foundation on top of a hill. The church was built in the 1800s and served as a meeting place for the Baptists, Methodists, and Episcopalians. 

 When we arrived, we were greeted by Mr. Larry Wilson. Mr. Wilson explained to us that there was a debate about this hive. Some say that the bees moved in five years ago and others say they remember honey bees in the wall fifty years ago. Unfortunately, the bees were becoming a nuisance and the church wasn’t able to be painted until they were removed.

  We started out using our Flir TG130 thermal camera to find the exact location of the hive. Once located, we  brushed the clump of bees away from the entrance and into a bucket. There was no power in the church so we had to resort to bee brushes and patience to remove this hive.

Our new thermal camera is awesome!
Elisha is brushing bees into the bucket.


Oh what a hive it was! After removing the plaster and lath we were able to see just how big it was. Filling a 2’x3′ void in the wall, this thing was huge. We estimate there to be around 40,000-50,000 bees. If that wasn’t enough, there were thousands upon thousands of bee larvae and brood.

Removing the plaster and lath to access the hive.
Look at those bees!


 After taking a few pictures and some video, we decided to dig in! Slowly, we started brushing bees into a bucket and removing comb.

 Although we would prefer to use a vacuum when possible, it was very cool to remove the bees the “old fashioned” way. 

  We spent three and a half hours removing comb and bees. We sealed up the hole, cleaned up our mess, and tried to get some of the stragglers. When we were done there were close to 300 bees still flying around outside the entrance.   

Our follow up with Mr. Wilson was very positive. He said that the bees had left within 48 hours and the church was able to receive a fresh coat of paint.


We are so happy to have met you, Mr. Wilson! Thank you for allowing us to assist you! 


Friends Of Honey Bees

 Started in 2008, Frontline is a full service pest control company with locations in Arizona, Tennessee, Maryland and Virginia.

 We spoke to Corporate Service Manager John Barnett about what Frontline does to help their customers as well as help the honey bee. 

  Mr. Barnett explained to us that Frontline is all about the customer experience. That is why they provide technicians with the skills and knowledge to assist their customers in every aspect of their pest control needs.

  When asked why they refer their bee jobs, Mr. Barnett told us that Frontline understood the current threat to the honey bee population. Frontline’s main goal in referring these jobs is to promote a safe and humane removal of the hive while providing a solution for the customers. By referring their bee jobs, Frontline is a force of good for the bee population!

 We are proud to be working alongside Frontline to help support and save our friends the honey bees!


Eward Job- 4/29/17 Leesburg, Va.

* More photos to come!

​Leesburg, Va. is noted as being a place of sanctuary for former First Lady Dolley Madison during the War of 1812. Yesterday, Leesburg was also home to a nuisance hive of bees in a shed wall. 

  We were first contacted by Mr. Terry Eward on April 13, after Environmental Pest Control referred us for the job. Mr. Eward was very helpful in answering questions we had about the hive, and even sent us some pictures to verify that these were honey bees. 

Courtesy of Terry Eward
Courtesy of Terry Eward

  When Elisha and I arrived at the Eward place, it was still dark. We wanted to get the entrance sealed before light to help contain the bees to the inside of the shed. This would keep workers from leaving to forage and would allow us to get most of them with the vacuum.

 After dismantling a bookshelf and removing some molding from around a window, it was time to take a peek inside the wall. 

Kenly removing the last pieces of the bookshelf.
At this point, the bees are starting to get agitated!

 Almost as soon as we started pulling the plywood off, bees started coming out. Once exposed, we could tell that the hive was fairly new. Elisha and I believe that this hive was this year’s swarm that made a home in Mr. Eward’s shed wall.
A few of the lovely ladies who were brave enough to venture out were no match for the vacuum.

 As you can see, the comb is small and there is only a little brood. The little popcorn- looking thing in the center of the picture (above) is called a queen cell. There were two queen cells in this hive. The presence of queen cells would indicate that the queen was either weak or had died, and the workers were trying to make a new queen.

  After evaluating the hive we got to work, vacuuming the bees, cutting comb and placing it in the frames that Elisha had made.

Elisha’s new cut-out frame design. It worked flawlessly!

Once we got all the bees and comb out, we scraped the residual wax, cleaned the void where the hive was, and put the plywood back on. While Elisha put the bookshelf up, I sealed up any hole that would allow a bee back into the void. 

  This job may have been the smoothest of any. When we left, everything looked like we hadn’t even been there. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen often, as most of the time we have to remove sheetrock or siding. 

 Old Dominion would like to thank Mr. Eward for being so friendly and accommodating! We would also like to thank Environmental Pest Control for the referral as well as their continued support.

Friends of Honey Bees

Miller Pest Control LLC services Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg and surrounding areas. They are located in Ruther Glen, Va.
We had the privilege of speaking with Timothy Miller, owner of this exciting, new, startup! His passion and drive for his customers is evident in his dialogue as well as the information found on his website and facebook page.
Mr. Miller is a firm believer in the importance of protecting the honeybee. He told us that he turns down the calls to exterminate and normally refers them to someone who will remove them alive.
We thank you, Miller Pest Control LLC, for your continued dedication to your customers and the honey bee!

Friends of Honey Bees

Virginia Wildlife Removal, started in 2008, is based in Goochland and serves all of central Virginia.They specialize in nuisance wildlife, rats, and mice.

Each customer receives the complete attention of the technician and they will gladly counsel and educate each customer on the reason for, and solution to, their wildlife invasions. Once each job is completed Virginia Wildlife Removal guarantees their work and performs quality control follow ups and interviews.

We were pleased to find out that the honey bee is very much appreciated by the team at VWR! Not only do they refer bee jobs, they are training their own technicians in the safe and humane way to remove hives!

Virginia Wildlife Removal is definitely doing their part to ensure a happy future for the honey bees. They continually educate the public about the importance of the honey bee as well as the effects of harmful chemicals found in pesticides.

Old Dominion Honey Bee Services is excited to work alongside Virginia Wildlife Removal to help save the honey bee!