Anytime a beekeeper handles bee hives, a few bees may be killed as a result of accidental impacts or crushing. We do everything in our power to prevent bee deaths. AS for harvest time, no bees are harmed in the process of extracting honey. One of the advantages of the modern Langstroth style beehive is that the honey comb can be removed without damaging the bees living quarters. In the olden days of bee skeps or bee gums, the hive was destroyed to get the honey. Those days are long gone!