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Welcome to Adkins Bees. It's not every day you have a bee problem! This page was created so you can get help with identifying and solving your bee problem. Use this form to upload pictures and get answers! If you're simply curious to know what kind of bee or wasp you've found, visit what kind of bee.
In the US and Canada call the bee removal hotline to ask questions or get help, it's fast, free, and easy to use.
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Facts about Honey Bee Problems
Locating a bee problem
How to prevent bee problems
- If you live in the US, CA, or MX, the odds of having a bee problem are about 1 every 30 years.
- If you kill or extract the bees but don’t remove the honey, you may get recurring bee problems every year! Most recurring bee problems are caused by exterminating the bee hive, and not removing the honeycomb.
- About 85% of the bee problems occur on the side of the building that faces near the morning sun.
- Honey bees do not necessarily have to be killed in order to solve a bee problem.
- New bee problems (swarms) on a bush or tree typically disappear within a few days.
- The amount of flowers and shrubbery on your property have nothing to do with getting a beehive!
Locating a bee problem
If the bees are near a window or the front door they are hard to miss, in most cases they will build a hive in areas that take months to discover. One of the most common ways a bee problem is discovered is by initially finding them in the house. If the bees just showed up in the house, chances are your bee problem is minimal and you should address it immediately. A good place to look is chimney tops, vents and eaves (near to were the bee problem appears.) If however you are returning home after several days or longer and notice dead bees in your house near the window, you most likely have a beehive that moved into your structure. Solving a bee problem in the wall of a house, roof, or attic can be very difficult due to the size of the hive and honeycomb. Feel free to call the bee hotline if you have questions.
How to prevent bee problems
To prevent recurring bee problems, remove junk or objects in the yard that can provide problems for harboring beehives. For locations of a structure with multiple hives, inspect the house or building and have exclusion work performed on the eaves, vents, chimney, roof, wall voids, and other areas of the structure focusing on openings and voids bees can enter and build a home. Note bees only dig when there are trapped in. If you’re performing the bee proofing yourself, focus on the side of the house or building that faces the sun! The great majority of bee problems are on the side of the house / building that faces the morning sun. This is because after a cool dark night, the earth's sun helps to warm the bee hive up in the morning.
After many years of solving bee problems, perhaps the most important way to prevent future bee problems is to remove the bee hive or nest; this is especially true for honeybees! If you have honeybees find a way to afford the cost of removing the honey and the bees, this will greatly reduce recurring bee problems on your property and likely other insect, rodent or cosmetic problems. This involves removal of all the honey from the beehive, treating and suppressing the smell of the hive or any former bee hives, and then repairing and proofing the location. In most cases, don't let the bees be killed by a bee specialist or pest exterminator, without removing that honey! It is a typically great disservice to leave the bee hive in the structure after killing or extracting honey bees. Live bee removals by extraction can also cause the same damaging problems if the bees are extracted but the honey is left in the wall or roof. If you don't have the budget set aside for solving the bee problem, find a local bee company that will find or offer additional solutions, and or to allow you to break up the payment over a few months, or one that will trade services with you. US hotline. Sometimes it's better to leave the beehive alone then pay a smaller fee to kill the bee hive causing the honey to run down and set in the walls which often create additional pest and bee problems.
For additional help on solving a bee problem based on the location of the hive, visit how to get rid of bees.
Africanized bees- Often bees can be conditioned to be aggressive if they are on your property and are being harassed. Aggressive bees that are in the wrong location should be removed for safety purposes. For an in depth look at africanized bees, to visit the africanized honey bee page. View the spread of Africanized honey bees from Texas, Arizona, California, Florida and more here >> honey bee removal.map
Bee Problem in Monterey Park, CA 91755Comments: Bee Hive on edge of roof on my house.
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Bee Problem in Martin, TNComments: Just came across about 30 dead bees in my 2nd floor office. Sure enough wall is buzzing. I can see where they are getting in but the hive is in the wall. Too bad I live in the middle of nowhere! Help!
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Bee Problem in San DiegoComments: Nest maybe size of a grapefruit or slightly larger, they are located inside of a exterior wall accessible by a hole slightly bigger than a golf ball
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Bee Problem in Lemon Grove, Ca 91945Comments: Far back yard in bottom of a shed constant swormig 3ft area around the crack they are coming from. They are not agressive you can get very close to them. Been there for 6-months or longer. Worried about a puppy we just got.
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Hi Donna, this is a honeybee problem, looks like there living in the wall, usually 5000 to 20,000 bees and 10 to 80 lbs of honey. you can learn more here. http://www.adki...
Bee Problem in Port Aransas TexasComments: Had house treated for bees last year and they are back this year getting into the wood in a new place. It is a beach house. What kind of bees are they? What do you recommend? We would rather not keep hurting them.
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Bee Problem in El Centro CAComments: The bees seem to be both behind the wall around the opening that is closed with wood as well as in or behind the electrical box.
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Bee Problem in Fell out of a treeComments: The bees nest fell to the ground last night in the storm. They are still on a tree branch in the planter area swarming. As a second issue we have noticed ground bees in another part of the yard.
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Hi Rita, the pics look good, I left you a mssg today, c/b when your free. 888-902-BEES..More...
Bee Problem in L:a Mesa / CaliforniaComments: John, We spoke Thursday about our property in Ranchita. We had bees exterminated last year but didn't remove the hive. The bees are back. In fact, they are in the house now. They are in the same place, no new locations. Our house is 100 years old, not the standard dry wall/plaster. Please call with an estimate to remove the hive, replace the wall and shingles. The hive is in the attic walls. We have to have the bees and hive removed before September 25th. Thank you, Rita
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Tim, i think you came across what I believe is are "Melissodes" bees, the males have long antennas and dark wings. They have been dubbed "long horn bees"...More...
Bee Problem in Reno, NVComments: flying around drystack rock retaining wall
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Looks like yellow Jackets nest in there...More...
Bee Problem in Kenmore, WAComments: bees1.jpg - location bees2.jpg - individual bee bees3.jpg - a few entering and leaving usually can see 5-10 at any given time
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Bee Problem in Kenmore, WAComments: bees go in and out from the opening under the eave, see first picture for location. tried to get a picture of the bee for identification in the second picture. typically can see about 5-10 bees at once.
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Bee Problem in Minneapolis Mn.Comments:
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Bee Problem in SURPRISE, AZComments: AT LEAST 6 WEEKS OLD; STARTED A GROUP OF BEES; JUST NOTICED TODAY DEAD BEES AROUND AREA AND NOTICED ANOTHER LOCATION (CORNER OF EXTERIOR GARAGE) W/GROUPING
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thanks jenn, talk to you soon, feel free to c/b. 1-877-7adkins ..More...
Bee Problem in cincinnati, ohioComments: this just sprouted up today, front of our house and likely behind the archway attached to porch..HELP!
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Bee Problem in: Fishers, INLeft of front door, behind wood trim, can not currently see hive
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Hi, i may have lost your number, drop me a line and well arrange for picking up the bees. 877-723-5467..More...
Bee Problem in: desert hot springs, cadoor and wall to garage
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Paper Wasps, the flower boxes on the roof deck will have nothing to do with causing the bee problem. - actually wasp problem :)..More...
Bee Problem in Chicago/IllinoisComments: Here are the pictures you requested. The hive is on the East side of the house on the top balcony. We have flower boxes on the roof deck which may have attracted the bees
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Help with bee problems:
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