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Does anyone want my bees, isn't there a bee shortage?
I came home and found bees near my window. Does that matter?
I have a lot of flowers in my yard, does this encourage bees to move onto my property?
Why do bees keep returning?
What caused the bees choose my home?
I found bees going in and out of an area attached to the house. Can I just sealed it up?
What are killer bees?
The bees on my property seem very calm, can they become a problem?
What can I do to keep bees from returning in the future?
What will happen if a killer bee stings me?
A bee stung my child?
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?

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.

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. What if I seal it up really well?

It may work if the hive has not moved in already. This is a typical remedy applied by homeowners, along with using cans of 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.

More about dangerous bees.

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 have always been friendly, but they've become very aggressive lately." There can be a few reasons for this, but the common one is that the hive has become more established and now they are protecting it. After summer, bees can be more aggressive as they are also protecting they honey they'll need to make it though the winter. Just because bees exhibit a friendly nature, unfortunately does not mean they are friendly bees. If you need bee removal call the US bee hotline. Visit honeybee removalfor a map of the spread of africanized bees provided by the USDA. This can 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.

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 may plus for up to a minute 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?

If stung by a honeybee, the barbed stinger typically gets stuck in the skin as the bee pulls away, dislodging it from the bee. The small muscle on the end of the dislodged stinger will continue to pump through the hollow needle-like stinger for up to one minute. The sooner the stinger is removed, the less swelling will occur.
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.

Choosing 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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Debby Butler
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Hello. I live on 5 acres. My home is a deep tan color with dark brown trim. My next door neighbor is a honey beekeeper and has many boxes for his fruit trees and gardens. We planted Leyland Cypress trees (42) at the property line. I have a huge covered patio and two small Yorkies. They potty on the patio and we rinse off their urine several times a day. The bees love their urine. This is so gross to know his honey has dog urine in it. They have been stung several times. Will potted eucalyptus plants help? We have used soapy water to clean the patio. I also read about cutting lemons and putting cloves in them. Also read about growing spearmint and peppermint. Any advise will be most helpful. Do we need to buy a smoker or something else to keep them away? We also have a large in ground pool. My neighbor does as well. The bees just seem to love the dog urine. Will these natural plants help? Please advise! Kindest regards, Debby

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Mesa, AZ

We had the hive and honeycomb removed today. There are still some bees around. Are they still going to be aggressive the next day? And will it be safe to let my dogs out there, since it was in my backyard?

Beekeeper:  Give it about a week until the remainder of the bees disappear, but yes the bees will be aggressive. This is because they are confused that their hive is missing. Please steer clear whenever you come in contact with any of them.

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I "bee"lieve there is beehive in the exterior side wall of our home. This particular exterior wall encloses our water heater so we also believe it is not a primary wall that would lead up into our attic so perhaps that may be good news. Bees can be seen buzzing in and out through a hole where a water faucet once was. We first noticed a few bees in December, but thought with winter coming the bees would find it cold and move on. Not the case. It's now spring and it is apparent that there is now a very active hive. We know how vital bees are to the environment, so we would like to remove them responsibly, though cost is a consideration. What would this cost? Please help.

Beekeeper:  Hi Carol,

Good question, sounds like honeybees.
The how to get rid of bees page has information on beeremoval prices.
Typically you will want to remove the bee nest and the honeycomb, or you can experiance recurring problems near that portion of the house.
Thanks for visiting.
You may also call the 800 number and be connected to a beekeeper/remover nearby.

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I never had a bee problem until 4 years ago one be came in the screen door to my house and tried to kill it but it got away, after that every day one bee came each day and kept killing them, and know each time I go outside from the screen door I always get only one pissed off bee hunting me down house is new I paid for it to be made to my choice so it's never had honey combs and I paid for the house to be inspected nada can it be that the bees left a pheromone in the screen door they come after me no matter the season

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