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Does anyone want my bees, isn’t there a bee shortage?
I came home and found bees near my window, what causes this?
I have a lot of flowers in my yard, does this encourage bees to move onto my property?
Why do I keep getting bees?… Why am i so popular?
Why did the bees choose my home?
I found bees going in and out of a hole in my wall. I’ve sealed it up real well. Will this work?
What are killer bees?
The bees on my property seem very calm. They’re probably not killer bees right?
why are bees on the side of my house?
What can I do to keep from getting bees again?
What will happen if a killer bee stings me?
A honeybee stung my child, what should I do?
How to choose a bee company?
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Does anyone want my bees, isn’t there a bee shortage?


Way back in the day :) beekeepers used to line up to collect your bees, however in the 1980’s & 90’s, there were two harsh changes in the industry causing many beekeepers to stop collecting stray hives, and also to abandon beekeeping altogether.


First, in the 80's diseases that were never around before began plaguing and killing the common honeybee. Second, bees have become much more aggressive due to the spread of africanized honeybees, (AHB) which crossed over from South America creating in the process a hybrid honeybee now stretching from Southern California to Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and several other states. For these two reasons, it’s much harder to find a beekeeper that will remove your bees for free. For a brief history on honeybee removal and to view the AHB's progress visit the honey bee removal map. Bees in the structure of home or building can also be very difficult to remove.


 

 
I came home and found bees near my window, what's going on?


Often a phone call will come in with a home owner saying, “I have bees inside my house and up aginst the window” or “I came home and found dead bees near my window?”


In both cases bees are either scouting your home, determining if it’s a place they want to move the swarm in to set up shop, or they already have moved in. In either case if it is new and they are honeybees it’s important to call a specialist immediately, preferably an honest one. Many people leave it alone hoping they may go away, or they try spraying them, then when the bees disappear in the evening and the home owner doesn't see them before going to work in the morning. They may think the bees are gone. It's likely the bees simply went to sleep for the night and haven’t started working yet in the morning. Learn more, about bees against the window or in the house, and how they're getting in.

 

 
I have a lot of flowers in my yard, is this causing the bees to move onto my property?


No, bees typically fly up to two miles away, sometimes even further, to gather nectar and pollen. The amount of shrubbery should have little or nothing to do with a hive moving onto the property.

 

 
Why do I keep getting bees?... What's going on?


You probably have bad luck. Just kidding! It's likely that the house or structure has a history of bee problems from someone extracting or killing the bees, and leaving the honeycomb in the wall, roof, chimney or other part of the structure.


Typically, a house will get bees about every 30 to 40 years, but if honeycomb from a hive is left in the walls, roof, or other structural void bees come back very frequently. One home owner that was referred to me began getting 5 hives a year. At that point, the best plan of action was to bee proof+ the majority of the house which is not the normal solution. Removing the beehive and honeycomb is an important step of the process. When bee-proofing a house, the sides to focus on are mostly those the sun rises toward. Visit our how to get rid of bees page for more self help on a specific area of where the bees are including chimney, owl box, basement and bees in wall.


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Why did the bees choose my home?


Honeybees are somewhat random in their selection of where to start a hive, though there are some things we know. Prior hives left in walls will attract bees frequently. Eves, wall voids, and chimneys are the most common locations in a structure that bees will exploit. They only need one small hole or gap to get in!


Hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and bumble bees are unlike honeybees in that they are all overwintering critters - see wasp id chart. For the survival of their species, the queens must leave the nest and find a safe place to overwinter. In spring time these wasps and bumble bees are said to commonly return to the same or a nearby area.

 

 
I found honeybees going in and out of a hole in my wall. I've sealed it up really well. Will this do the trick?


It may work if the hive has not moved in already. This is a typical remedy applied by homeowners, along with using cans of store-bought wasp spay. If the hive has already moved in and the bees get sealed in, bee activity may dissipates for a few days, but nearly always reappears as the bees dig through the wall or void and resume their activity. Occasionally the sealed up bees end up on the inside of the house. Trapped bees can survive for months before they deplete their honey reserves. If it were possible, to seal the bees in, normally the honey will begin to run down the structure, the smell can to attract rodents, bugs, and bees in the future. To solve the problem bee hive removal services nay be helpful, this means opening the area and removing the honey and the bees and the beeswax, as well as cleaning it. Learn more about bees in the wall attic, roof, or eave.

 

 
How can I tell if these bees are the killer bees?


The "killer bees" from old media was a largely over hyped, however bees should be respected as a part of nature, in fact all bees should be respected especially when they have a home nearby. Africanized bees look the same as European honeybees. There have been many fatalities from bees aggressively defending their home. In most cases, messing with the bees in hopes of making them go away will cause more problems than you started with. Generally, the bees attached to your house or on your property are docile unless they feel threatened. Stop by africanized honey bees to learn more on the migration of hybrid honeybees in the US.

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Question, the bees on my property seem very calm and don’t bother anybody. They’re probably not killer bees right?


Good question. A new swarm of bees, or bees building a hive, are not likely to sting. This is because they’re busy building their hive, and don’t have much honey or young to protect. This is true of both European honey bees and killer bees. Often people tell me, “The bees were always friendly, but they’ve become very aggressive lately.” There can be a few reasons for this, but the common one is that the hive is established and now they are protecting it. Just because bees exhibit a friendly nature, unfortunately does not mean they are friendly bees. If you need honeybee removal, here is a map of the spread of africanized bees provided by the USDA. This will help you know if africanized bees have reached your state.


My bees were always friendly when we walk by, but now they seem very protective and aggressive? The longer a beehive is left to themselves, the more they can become protective of their home. Honeybees in winter season and prior to spring, may behave more aggressively during this time of the year as most of the flowers and nectar sources are gone and they are protecting their means of survival tell spring. It has been said that hot weather can slightly have affect.


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How can i keep from getting bees?


If you have recurring honeybee problems each year there may be several reasons why, the most common being that the bees are being attracted back by the smell from past hives, were perhaps it was not removed effectively or not removed at all. This could be in a chimney were a fire was lit and the honey has melted into the brick or it could simply be a bee hive that was killed on the side of the house. Learn more about preventing future bee infestations and how to keep bees away here.

 

 
What will happen if a killer bee stings me?


A killer bee sting has the same amount of bee toxin that a honeybee has, because it is a honeybee. European and africanized honeybees are equally painful and produce the same results; when stinging the ridged stinger tends to get caught in the skin and dislodge in the host causing the bee to die shortly thereafter. Wasps and bumblebees don't lose their stinger but may sting multiple times. Stings can be painful. When stung by a bee it is best to remove the stinger asap. If not removed and the small muscle is still attached to the stinger it may plus for a few minutes which can increase the amount of swelling. Hybrid bees or africanized bees attack in greater numbers when they feel threatened or if their hive is disturbed. They also stay angry for much longer.

 

 
A honeybee stung my child, what should I do?


Remove the stinger as soon as possible. When a child is stung, it hurts and they are scared. It can help to wash the area and apply something on it to absorb out moisture and if possible a bit the toxin. Some people apply a bit of baking soda mixed with a touch or water or a bit of mud. Perhaps the most important thing is that the child has confidence that he or she will be okay. A good remedy is to stay calm, be reassuring, and perhaps include a dose of TLC.


Studies have found that 15% to 20% of people who when asked, will say they’re allergic to stings, yet medical evaluations find it’s actually only about 1%. If you feel your child is allergic, seek immediate medical advice or attention.

 

 
How to choose a bee company?


Many people may go there entire life without having to deal with a beehive. Because it's not common to get bees, finding the right solution can be a learning experience. It’s always nice if you can have someone you trust refer you to a bee company for honeybee removal, if that is not possible, you’re in right place here by doing some research. Some companies will use scare tactics or try to manipulate you into using their service. These companies may overcharge you and provide poor service. Calling a few companies and leaving messages, or requesting a callback online can also help. Here is some additional info if the bees are in the structure and cost is a concern.


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Gary Oberle
entering capped chimney
Denver co

We just noticed this week honeybees (a dozen at a time) entering at a loose brick in a capped and closed off chimney. Have tried spray to discourage them but 3 days now and seems no difference. We cannot dismantle this chimney to gain access. Any ideas?

Beekeeper:  Hi Gary, It sounds like you have an established hive, and it most likely requires the help of a professional. We should be able to give you a couple of options to take care of the problem. Our guy in Denver can swing by and check it out, just visit our Denver Colorado bee removal page and give the number a call.

Tina Avila
Realitos, Texas
San Antonio, TX

These clusters are on a ranch one hour from Corpus Christi, Texas going toward Laredo, TX. Last year while doing some building, a large portion of the church steeple fell due to the weight of the honey. These bees sting and have attached church goers and an old man that voluteered to do lawn maintenance. He was a volunteer and was very sick for a while. The little church is not rich but they need help in getting rid of the bees. If I send pictures can you give me an estimate?

Beekeeper:  Hey there, Tina... Sorry to hear that the bees are causing so many problems. When you get the chance, navigate to our San Antonio bee removal page and give Harold a call. Explain your situation to him and he should be able to send someone out, or look at some pictures and give you a free estimate.

Mary Fox
Corner Eave (Soffitz)
San Antonio, Texas

What is the approximate cost to remove the bees? Really concerned as the bees are coming into the house from three different windows in the kitchen/dining area.
Thank you
Mary

Beekeeper:  Hi Mary, I am not sure what's going on with the information you've supplied. We have somebody in San Antonio that can come take a look at the problem and give you a proper estimate for a solution. Swing by our San Antonio bee removal page where you'll find our number. Usually when bees are getting into the house, it's because they're new, so time is of the essence, in this case.

Steve Tomasiak
Oceanside, CA
Oceanside, CA

Hello: We have a neighbor with a large swarm of bees living in their roof. The bees sting us, but the neighbor refuses to have them removed. What can we do? Thank you. Steve Tomasiak

Beekeeper:  Hey Steve, You can contact the city/county and have them give your neighbor a certain number of days to get the bees removed before he/she gets fined. This is usually pretty effective for motivating the home owner to solve the problem in San Diego County. We have serviced many people that have been told by the county to have their bees removed "or else." If your neighbor is responsive, explain that he/she can have the hive removed alive by us, just stop by our San Diego Bee Removal page. Or call (760) 443-0603

Linda
Surprise, Arizona
Fremont, CA

Hi Bee Man: We have had our 3rd swarm of bees at our 2nd home in Arizona. Why is this happening? We've had them in 3 different places now. The home is stucco, but...they are obviously finding their way in.

Beekeeper:  Hi Linda, If you're getting bees over and over again, it usually means that there was honeycomb left in a wall or some other structural void. Having the bees exterminated is only a temporary solution (assuming that that's what you've done in the past). Feel free to get more information from our page why do I keep getting bees?, and hopefully you can gain some insight there.

James M
Eaves
Oxford, GA

If I leave the bees, then seal up the opening over the winter, will the honey still be in there and cause a problem?

Beekeeper:  Hello James, If the bees are alive and you seal up the hole, the bees will likely just find another way out or make a new way out. This is especially a problem if they decide to burrow through a wall that leads into the common areas of your home! I have seen rooms filled with thousands of bees because the home owner sealed off the hive's entrance. If the bees are dead, then yes, the honey in the wall will remain until it melts, or is consumed by rodents. The smell of the existing hive will attract more bees in the future, and the problem will persist until the hive is removed properly. Give the rest of our website a look through to get more information on bees and honey.

shon
bird house
WA

I want to get rid of the bee's in my bird house that is sitting on my front porch on my own. How do I safely do this?

Beekeeper:  Hello Shon, There isn't really a safe way to take care of the problem... danger is inherent when disturbing a bee hive. Most beekeepers might just throw a trash bag around it, tape it off QUICKLY, then take it away. But even they usually have to deal with upset bees that could potentially get out. You might be better off looking around craigslist, the yellow pages, Farmers' Market for a beekeeper to take the bees. Good luck, and be safe.

carole
inside apartment
new orleans, la

Dying and or/injured bees are appearing in my kitchen/livingroom in my apartment from somewhere outside. Found many dead outside apartment, but on side of building. Most obvious entry possibly window air conditioner around the back of the building about 10 yards from A/C which is in kitchen wall. Is someone killing bees and why are they coming into my apartment to die? I'm stymied.

Beekeeper:  Carole, Bees getting into your house and dying in the window sill usually indicates that there is either a new swarm that has just moved in, or there are scout bees scoping out your home as a potential spot to build a hive. First, it helps to know where the bees are getting in from, so look around the house during the daytime and look for honey bees flying around or in/out of a hole or other gap, space, or entrance to your walls, attic, roof, etc. Also feel free to look through the bees in house or on window page for solutions and answers to common questions.

bonnie
chimney
frankfort ky

i have a lot of bee's around my chimmney and they are coming in the house ,what can i do ? they are coming in the attic and down in my living room.

Beekeeper:  Bonnie, Typically, when bees are seen flying around the top of the chimney and coming through the fireplace, they are most likely new scout bees or a new swarm that has no honeycomb. If this is the case and you haven't ever noticed them there before, then most beekeepers might tell you to start a good smokey fire going to drive the bees out or to keep them from wanting to move in. This is only effective if the bees have no established hive inside of the flue. If that doesn't work, feel free to give us a call Bowling Green, Kentucky bee removal.

Stephanie
Stereo Speaker
Chateaugay, New York

I want to know how to get the bees to move from my stereo speaker in the barn and into the bee box we set up next to it.?

Beekeeper:  Stephanie, I am guess that the bees are in the speaker box/acoustic housing, right? Coaxing out a hive is very difficult... it takes beekeepers many tries to get it right, and they have the right tools. If you have a bee suit, or can find the help of a beekeeper, I say it might be worth a try if you want to keep them alive. There is information available from the BeeMaster.com forums. Feel free to search there for "trapout" But I have to warn you, it isn't a simple task. Good luck.

Tracy-lee
In the trunk of a tree
Waxhaw, NC

We have a very high tree in our back yard with a bee hive in the trunk, our problem is that our deck is 14 odd feet up on the air so the bee hive is becoming an issue even though the whole in which the bees are is probably at least another 12 odd feet up. My hubby brought home a can of something to spray in the hole which scares me to death as I have seen those bees when they have been disturbed, there are but millions of them plus all of it is a bad idea, he wants to put a ladder from the deck to the tree which would mean at some point he will be on a ladder that is twenty some feet in the air, I said no of course but he knows better. I read your caption about there still being honey in there and if you don't close up the hole then you are wasting your time but he does not want to pay anyone to come fix the problem right ... please advise, thank you.

Beekeeper:  Tracy-Lee It sounds like there is quite a bit of potential for disaster... ladder from porch to tree, a can of spray, and an established bee hive in a tree trunk. What may look like a few bees flying in and out of a hole, is really a mass of about 10,000 bees that are willing to die to defend their home. This is a case where it might be worth the cost of having somebody else take care of the problem. Maybe, to make your husband feel like he is saving some money, tell the professional that your husband will seal the hole, and ask for a discount. If you have trouble finding somebody, feel free to call our toll free line to see if we can help. Take care.

Joanna
South East England

Hi,

Wondered if you could help identify whether we have bees or wasps burrowing in our shrub border. They are about a half inch in size and are mainly black with an oval shaped body with a distinctive yellow/orange band around the body. I think they have hairs but its difficult to spot with them flying around. Help!

Beekeeper:  Joanna, Do you have access to a digital camera? If so, I recommend taking a picture of the critters in question and uploading it to our what kind of bee page. There I can give you some feedback on what you might be able to identify it as. Thanks.

Craig Pell
Corner of yard
Leeds uk

just moved into our new house and went to clear some rubbish/grass ect ect in corner of yard put shovel in to shovel it into a bin and realised it was a hive, we have children and a dog and would love to get rid of them fast what can i do please help

Beekeeper:  Craig, I see that you're from across the pond... there are several pest control companies in Leeds that should be able to take care of your problem for you, and it sounds like you have wasps, which are very common to that area. Feel free to get some more information about how to get rid of bees/wasps in the ground. Cheers.

Sally Hsieh
please see attached pic
Houston, Texas

I see lots of bees in the corner of the house. I suspect that there must be lots of honey inside the attic.

Beekeeper:  Sally It's very possible that you do have honey in the attic, but if the bees are alive, the honey will be suspended in the honeycomb. If possible, follow this link to our Houston bee removal office and give them a call to come see what's going on.

Paul Lucido
Inside trunk of tree
Mandeville, La

I have honey bees in the trunk of an oak tree in my yard. What is the best way to exterminate them myself?

Beekeeper:  Hey Paul, Bees in a tree trunk is a tough thing to take care of alone. I don't suggest trying it on your own, but you can find more information on our page called bees in a tree trunk. Feel free to get our number from the New Orleans page and give us a ring.

LESLEY-ANN
NEXT TO THE HOUSE
ENGLAND

HI, I HAVE JUST DISCOVERD BEES IN A BIRD HOUSE MADE OF WEAVE I AM VERY HAPPY TO LEAVE THEN=M AND WATCH AS I FIND ALL CREATURES LOVELY , ANY TIPS OF ANY THING i SHOULD DO ?

Beekeeper:  Lesley-Ann, Normally, my advice would be to get the hive relocated, but since you're "across the pond," I am almost sure the hive is not Africanized. You may want to check on the local rules an regulations of beekeeping in your area so you are adhering to them and not setting yourself up for fines or getting reported by a neighbor.

If you're not breaking any laws, then enjoy the bees! Maybe grow some fruit trees, too, to take advantage of the resident pollinators.


Ann
under roof tile/wall
Cardiff, CA

We had a hive removed from the wall of our house about three weeks ago but there remains a very strong, unpleasant smell, coming from that area of the wall. Is there a chemical that is left in the wall when the hive is removed or is this an organic smell from the bees/honey? Either way, will it dissipate or is there something more we need to do or have removed?
Thanks for any guidance--we can't stand to be in the room because the smell is so strong!

Beekeeper:  Ann, I'm not quite sure what you had done at your home. Can you give me some more information? How old was the hive? Did a pest control company remove it? Was the wall opened and the honeycomb removed? Were the bees killed?

adam Harris
No Topic
Smyrna

I have a pool with a waterfall and I want to know how to get rid of the bees...I can't drain the pool and I cant put vinegar in ....what are some other options

Beekeeper:  Adam, We usually get a lot of calls and inquiries about bees around ponds, pools, and waterfalls when it hasn't rained for some time in a particular area during warmer months. Since it is still spring and not too hot, it is possible that there may be a bee hive nearby. If the waterfall is the culprit, it may be a good idea to turn it off during the daytime when the bees might normally come around. This would likely also break their habit and force them to seek an alternative water source. We do provide services for tracking down the location of the bee hive and removal of the hive, but they get expensive. Good luck!

Patricia
Backyard Ash Tree
Maricopa, AZ

Late this morning we had a swarm of bees come over our wall and land in the Ash Tree in our backyard.

My biggest concern we have 2 big dogs, black and brown, and I read bees think they are bears that color!!! Our dogs sense something isn't right and now won't go outside. I'm a little concerned with all these stories of bee swarming and harming people.

When should we be concerned. Our exterminator told us they should leave in 24 to 48 hours. We thought it would be better to check with trained Bee Keeper people. Please advise. Thanks.

Beekeeper:  Hello Patricia, I believe your exterminator is right in this case, the majority of the time, the swarm should leave by itself. The good news is that a new bee swarm like you described is not commonly aggressive.

This spring, Arizona has experienced a lot of aggressive honeybees in the news, but this is generally associated with established bee hives that are often disturbed, and at times provoked. If you choose to remove the bees, we prefer live bee removal vs a bee exterminator. Here is our Phoenix Bee Remover if youd like to give him a call. Good luck.


Shane
that's the question
Phoenix

I have noticed within the last day or so, 50 to 75+ dead bees in my driveway. There is a large tree close by, but to the best of my knowledge, I can't see or hear any real activity in or around mine or my neighbor's house. Periodicaly, I can watch bees fall to the ground and die.
Sh

Beekeeper:  Shane, In this case, I'm not quite sure why you're seeing dead bees outside of your house. One reason a person may find dead bees lying on the ground is due to outside light at night. Are they dying right underneath a light fixture near or above the driveway? Reasons can vary for seeing dead bees outside of a house. You can find more information regarding dead bees outside of your home. Good luck, and if you need more help, call the Phoenix bee removal number (623) 505-1010

Kay Boeger
Wall
Fort Worth, Texas

Have a friend with an active hive in his wall and he's neglected the problem for too long. I'm an insect lover, so I hate to kill them, but they are becoming more aggressive lately and we need them gone. I thought honey bees were becoming rare due to CCD - is there some kind of list of beekeepers that will remove the hive (for a minimum amount of money!)

Beekeeper:  Kay, Good question. Here is our contact for bee removal in Fort Worth, and he should be able to work with you on a price. Here is my opinion on finding a beekeeper who wants bees

Helene
Inside of shed
Cheektowaga, NY

I just built a shed 2 weeks ago and found a small hive in it tonight - it's about an inch in diameter. I have knocked it down and scooped it out of the shed. Do I have to be concerned that the bees will come back (there couldn't have been more than a few of bees in the hive)? Is there a way to treat the shed so they don't come back? It's a metal shed with a plywood floor.

Beekeeper:  Helene, Often, if you knock down a wasp or hornets nest they will re-establish their nest close-by. It is generally more effective to use a wasp or hornet spray in early morning or late evening while they are in the nest.

Jutta
n/a
Tucson, AZ

John, thanks so much for answering my question about the bees trying to move in under our shed. I think they got the hint! Anyhow more questions - I read that bees will warn you if you're getting close to their hive by "bouncing" off you. Is this true? Do they ALWAYS give a warning first? How long do you have to leave the vicinity, and if you run away will that trigger an attack? And if a single bee is stinging you, will swatting it cause more bees to attack? Reason I ask all these fearful questions is that we plan to do a lot of hiking around Tucson this summer, and I worry a little about inadvertently getting too close to a hive. We've had a very wet spring, so there are lots more flowers and insects than usual. (I'm also slightly bee-phobic and I don't run very fast anymore, lol) Thanks again!

Beekeeper:  Jutta, those are good questions. For the most part, it's been my experience that the quicker your movements, the more excitable the bees, however sometimes it is a good idea to run if you have aggravated a beehive. Yes, in some circumstances they will bump into you in a protective manner, almost as if they don't want to have to sting. But, this is splitting hairs; a bee may just sting without warning.

Regarding your question that if a single bee stings you; the alarm pheromone often alerts other bees, this is generally when there is a bee hive present.
Generally, bees on flowers do not present any danger because they are foraging and have nothing to protect. Bees usually only are defensive around their hive.

Enjoy the hiking in Tuscon!


scott
chimney
moorpark, california

I had a swarm of bees about a foot wide and two feet high on the back chimney wall. They dispersed but have made a home in the outside chimney wall by going through a four inch by four inch vent near the bottom of the chimney. Not sure but I think that little vent goes into the cavity between the firebox and outside wall. Should I spray bug spray near the vent or close it off? I am confused as to what to do next?

Beekeeper:  Scott, How long have the bees been there? It sounds like you'll probably have to open it up and get the hive and honeycomb removed. Usually a home will only get a hive once in several decades. Otherwise, if it is just a day or two old and you actually saw them swarm in, then you should be able to have them eradicated or extracted, then bee-proof the vent that leads into the chimney space and call it good.

James Young
Backyard
Fraser, MI 48026

They are flying around wooden swing set trying to get in between supports but have not suceeded as far as I can tell. Just want to get them from flying around it any ideas Thanks Jim

Beekeeper:  Jim, Do you know what kind of bee it is? You can use this bee identification chart. It sounds like they could be carpenter bees, since it is a wooden swing-set. If you can take a photo, upload it on this same page, then you should be able to get more accurate information.

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