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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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Roof and or Soffit

I have someone scheduled to remove a live bee's nest in beautiful sunny Naples Florida. The person that is removing the live nest said the roof and soffit can be repaired once he is done. My question is that once the live nest has been removed, how long does it take for the bee activity to cease? I cannot imagine every single bee will be captured. Thank you for any input you could provide.

Beekeeper:  Hi Chris, welcome, it usually takes a week or so if they remove the bees and honeycomb.

PS - The only downside to have another company repair, is that no one may give you a warranty if the bees return, so you kind of have to cross your fingers that the person removing the hive is going to do an excellent job of cleaning and treating to remove the scent, otherwise it is common for a new swarm to move in somewhere nearby the next year or sometime after. cost of removing bees.

If money matters you tend to spend the same amount if not more because you have two diff companies doing the work. Which can be more shopping. Some ppl believe it is better to have a company that removes and also repairs and gives you a warranty that bees wont return.
Thanks for visiting, have a great day.

Mostly Kitchen, Sometimes bathroom & res

I recently noticed that I have bees in my home. It's been about a month & I've been noticing more & more. I always find them in my kitchen at least 6 or more a day. Some I find flying, others are just crawling on floor like they can't fly anymore. I've walked up to many of the bees & they just crawled, never fly away. I'm concerned now because a couple days I've been woken up with a bee flying by me in my bedroom & bees in my infant sons room. I even found a couple dead bees in my tortoise tank. The bees are almost everywhere in the house now & I'm concerned because we have a very young son & pets.

Beekeeper:  Hi Marie, your comment has been sent off to Mike, you can also give him a call if you like, he could help you get rid of the bees in question. Sound like there is a nest living in the structure somewhere, typically near were the activity is you can go outside in the daytime when it is not snowing or raining, then they should be actively flying back and forth.

front porch

For months we have had bees gather around one of the four recessed lights on our front porch cover. We thought they might have a hive there and had a pest control service come and spray (bee specialists). The bees keep coming, though. There is no activity at all during daylight. If we leave the porch lights off at night, the bees do not come. But, as soon as we keep the porch lights on, the bees return. They only come just before dawn, as we have been up as early as 4 am and seen no bees. Now, the bees are coming and dying, for the past couple of weeks. Our next door neighbor had worries of a bee hive near their front door, though they never saw a hive. They had lots of bees and wasps gathering in the bushes near their front door during the day. They had a bee control service come a few days ago. Still, this morning we had dozens of dead bees on our front porch (the lights were on all night) and some live ones on the ceiling of the front porch cover. Any advice for us?

One last piece of information: We did have a very large hive three or four years ago, on the roofline about ten feet away from our front door. The bee service came and removed the hive, and sprayed, too, as I recall.

Any advice you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Beekeeper:  Hi Kerry, (re: dead bees on porch)
Great question and no problem. Actually what you are experiencing is something that doesn't happen to often but it stumps most people that have the problem (so you're not alone :)

It is most likely the hive is not at the front porch, however there is a hive most likely very nearby; as the bees are returning home they are passing over that porch location. Later in the evening if the porch lights are on, as the bees are passing by they become diverted by those lights... and there are your dead bees in the morning.

I recommend a couple solutions for those bees; one, if those lights are on a timer, set it back a little so that they come on near or at dark vs before dark.
It would seem good also to have they area re-looked at by a bee guy with that new information, this should give them a better chance to locate the beehive on your property or your neighbors.

Actually you yourself could also most likely stand out there at noon (on a sunny day) and looking up patiently begin to see the bee traffic above that porch (perhaps a bee or two every 30 seconds).

elisa nelson
wall by the roof

My husband found a bee looks to be honeybees in our outside wall by the roof it is next to our childrens window on the second story i was up stairs and found 2 bees killed them and found 3 more killed them and there were more after that and keep coming back .What should i do?

Beekeeper:  Hi Elisa,
Good question, in the case of honey bees it is usually very important to remove the hive in the wall to get rid of the bees.
Base on your location it is more common to experiance Hornets or Yellow jackets in fall season, though they may be honeybees (See bee identification chart). Typically it is best to have someone with experience remove them.
If you are outside of the city, feel free to reply back and include a picture or two as well as your phone number.

Kelly Heberle

I just noticed I have wasps swarming at the top of my 20' chimney. This is the second time this has happened. Last time they were between the flue and the firebox. At that time, a handyman removed the rotted wood, wasp nests, and put new wood and painted. Well, they are back 2 years later. What can I do and what may be the cost of taking care of this problem? Thank you!

Beekeeper:  Hi Kelly,
Good question, sounds like you got rid of them last time correctly by removing the nest.
Often when using a handyman or carpenter to get rid of bees or wasps, they dont do exclusion work; that is some basic sealing techniques to keep them from being able to get back in.
You may have honeybees up there vs wasps. Your comment has been fwded to Harold he is nearest you, perhaps he can stop by. - Goodluck.

Sandy Connelly

Do you know someone who will remove bees in the Philadelphia area? I have a few hives, not sure if they are honeybees, they look like yellow jackets. Thanks Sandy

Beekeeper:  Revised
Hi Sandy, Yes thoughout the US & Canada, here is the directory on the bee removal, home page, you should find Philadelphia there.

Lucy Lemoine
bee hive on tree

I just discovered a bee hive in one of my trees. It is the size of my hand.

I just cannot believed, I always wanted to have something like that but in my farm not in my back yard. I do have kids and dogs. Please help. If you can send me an email with the subtitle bees,so I can identified it. Thank you.

No Topic

There is an abandoned house for sale next door to mine. A beehive has started within the outer wall next to my house. I now have a huge beehive not ten feet from my house on someone else's property. Repeated calls to the realtors have gone unanswered. What do I do?

Patricia Wong
No Topic

Have discovered honey bees living in the hollow of a tree in our backyard. Please e-mail me to discuss removal. Thank you.

No Topic

I have a beehive in my orange tree. I've thought of just leaving them there but I have 2 small dogs a tortoise and neighbors. I do live in a windy area with winds up to 35 to 60 miles an hour. I was hoping they will leave on their own. Is that likely? They have not been aggressive and their hive does look like a beard. They've been there about 5 days. What should I do. I don't want them injured. Thanks

gregorie howard
No Topic

I have bees under my seldom used porch.I found them at 4 am letting the dogs out.Standing in the quiet early morning air,I could hear a faint Humming.C#,I think.I discovered a small hole under my outside porch with little winged travelers.I hate to kill them ?Can we co-exist ?

No Topic

We just discovered a multitude of bees surrounding, and going in and out of, a sprinkler valve box on the ground. I'm not sure it is actually a swarm at this point. Suggestions for self removal? Thanks!

No Topic

Last Sunday there was a large gathering of bees on our gutter drain and bees buzzing around. Within the hour the cluster had dissappeared, but the buzzing bees have remained for the last 4 days. I just went out and looked and they are going into an area right next to our gutter drain spout. Should we try to spray or do you suggest we have someone come out and see if they've gone ito the part of our attic that we can't access? Thank you.

Ann Johnston
No Topic

I have bees in a post in my atrium in the front. I was told bee people would come & get them for free - reading your info it doesn't sound like it. What is your quote?

DIY (do it your self)

If you cut off the air supply to the bees will they die?

Beekeeper:  Revised 11.22.14
Hi Mary, Good question. If you could 'perfectly' seal off the air supply yes, though this option is seldom available, however it were to work or partially work, it typically creates a bigger problem of causing the wax to melt and the honey to cause damages and attract rodents more bees and insects in the future. For more informtion visit how to get rid of bees and select the topic that relates to you.

One other challenge is that people usually get stung up pretty good. Feel free to call the hotline. - 888-902-2337

No Topic

about how much do you guys typically charge (price range)???

chimney / fireplace.


I have or had a bee hive within the vent of the fireplace. I turned the fireplace on and burned the hive however, I noticed the workers swarmed the area unable to get back to the hive. How do I prevent them from going back to that location to build another hive?

I also have the cone hives under the railings of my deck. I kill the bees every year and remove the nest. How do I prevent them from coming back to the same spot year after year?


Beekeeper:  If you were tipped off about the bees in your chimney because they came down and out through the fireplace, then it is likely that you caught it early (before a swarm moves in, scout bees inspect the chimney, and will often pop out of the fireplace because they get lost and forget how they got in; this is also true of a brand new swarm that moves into a chimney). If this is the case, and you caught it early, then the smoke will likely drive them away. If not, and the bees have been in the chimney for more than 4 days, then they will keep coming back to that spot. As for the wasps under the deck, they are a nuisance, but not nearly as bad as honeybees. Knock 'em out whenever you see them starting again. But, it will likely continue every year.

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

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:  Revised: Hey Steve,

Good question, it is not likely the beehive will leave by itself. Bees living I a roof or wall can be difficult to remove. If you pay to have them exterminated, you still have the problem of perhaps 50 lbs of honey and comb that needs to be removed. If left there it tends to cause a lot of trouble.

Bees on a bush or tree can be much less costly to get rid of then bees in a roof or wall. Sometimes a home owner's budget is not prepared for getting rid of bees in a roof or wall. Perhaps the good thing is that the bees did not pick your house :) however you may consider pitching in on the cost to get rid of the bees. Perhaps that would motivate your neighbor to have them removed?

Breaking the cost up into payments is also something to consider if necessary. Sometimes the person living there is a renter and is uncomfortable approaching the owner about paying to get rid of the bees. I have seen a city or county leave a notice of a certain number of days to get the bees removed or a fine is assigned. Hope any f that information is helpful, for any further help feel free to drop us a line 877-723-5467.

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
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.

bird house

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.

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.

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