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The misunderstanding is that the bees in the house came in through the window, screen, or an open door. What is most likely happening is that they are scout bees, or a beehive is attached to the wall, attic, or chimney of the house and a few bees are getting in through the chimney, vent, eve, or a structural void and at this point they fly to the window trying to exit, and in which they die.

Scout bees inspecting an attic, crawl space, or chimney, sometimes get lost and end up in the house. Bees and wasps go towards the light expecting to go back outside, occasionally the light is coming from inside the house and the bees end up in the house by accident. At this point the bees in the house are trapped; their immediate instinct is to go towards the light, which is often a window.

Bees coming in the window are a common misunderstanding. Another general misunderstanding is that the bees are trying to get inside the house, when in reality the bee is lost and trying to get out of the house. In any case, this often causes home owners to panic and pay high prices to have emergency bee removal or bee extermination.
 

Addressing the issue immediately, however, is very important. If the swarm moves into the structure, within one to three days, the new beehive will typically have up to two or three sheets of honeycomb inside the structure, each about the size of your hand, and pheromone that could attract bees in the future once this hive is removed, if not properly done. It may not be a bad thing that you are initially seeing bees in the house, as it allows you to be aware of the problem and address it.

Bees on a windowsill
Dead bees on a windowsill

If you have been getting bees or wasps inside of your house for quite some time, or if you have come home from vacation to find dead bees up against your windowsill, you most likely have a hive that has already moved in and needs to be removed. If you inspect along the eaves of your house, near wherever you think the bees may have entered, (often it is the chimney or a bathroom vent, or the eave). Upon finding this location, it seldom if ever does you any good to spray water, wasp spray, light a fire, or any other method as this will typically aggravate the beehive and cause additional problems.

Often people will spray the bees or light a fire of some type and try to eradicate or solve the bee problem themselves. Then in the evening, when the bees go to sleep, they feel successful and believe they may have solved their problem, yet the bees have simply retired for the evening. Around 9 to 10 the next day, the bees will be active again assuming there is no rain. Extreme heat or windy conditions will also keep the bees in. Another thing people do is try to board up or seal off the bees. This also creates additional long-term problems, and 99% of the time or more the bees dig through the stucco, wood, or drywall and end up inside the house or back outside. This also may cause honey to melt as the bees cannot temporarily circulate enough cool air through the structure leading to additional problems of recurring bees, pests, possible staining and structural damages.

If you can tell where the bees are coming and going from outside, or optionally if you have a pair of binoculars, that you observe the hive to see whether there is yellow pollen sacs on the back of the returning bee’s legs. If there is pollen on their legs, there is a hive in the structure. At this point, the bees and the honeycomb will most likely need to be removed to solve your bee problem. To see if we service your area visit bee removal by county, call the bee removal hotline, or you may also schedule service online.

If you do not have binoculars, a brave person that is comfortable with bees and perhaps not worried about getting stung, can get close enough to the bees and observe the returning bees. If the returning bees have yellow sacks on the back of their legs, there is definitely a hive inside the structure that you’ll want to have removed. (Ask a Question / Leave Feedback) Return to: How to get rid of bees

 

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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.

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.

PAUL
No Topic
BURLINGTON, MA

I'M KILLING 1 BEE A DAY IN MY HOUSE. DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS OR IS IT TEMPORARY>>

I have all the windows closed so I dont know how they are getting in>>

Beekeeper:  Hey Paul, If you're getting a bee or two daily in your house or up against a window, you are either getting scout bees that are planning to move in, or a bee hive has already moved in. To locate the problem, look around the eaves, chimney, vents, and windows of your house (usually on the East facing side)... you may find your intruders there. If you need help getting rid of the bees, select your bee removal location and drop us a line.

pat newsom
wall and roof
coolidge texas

i have had bees in my garage for 30 years,,we have called everyone and done everything!!!! please help us they are mean and sting you even you walk by,,they also will chase you down. i am 74 and am so tired of this...need help asap

Beekeeper:  Hello Pat, Yikes! 30 years! There must be enough honey in the garage to feed the whole town of Coolidge! Generally bees in the garage are less expensive to remove than if there are bees in the roof or attic. Give our Dallas bee removal expert a call, his name is Harold. Let him know you spoke with John. His phone number is here Dallas/Ft Worth bee removal page. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by.

Sara
window
Tracy, CA

HELLO,
this afternoon i discovered a bunch of bees around and on the window, and I was wondering if there's another way to get rid of it then calling in. It is really disgusting and I want to get rid of it ASAP can you please help me find a way to do it mysel Thank You

Beekeeper:  Sara, if your certain the bee activity started today or yesterday it's possible that they are scout bees. If this is the case it's possible to get rid of the bees by taking a can of wasp spray and from the outside applying a layer on the outside of the structure where the bee activity is. (often this is an eave, vent, or chimney)
If after 10 to 20 min. the activity persists, then its likely there is already a hive inside. In that case to get rid of the bees its recommended to have the bees and any honeycombs removed to avoid future problems. This is best done by a bee removal specialist - goodluck Sara, - AdkinsBees - 877-723-5467


Lisa Clark
Windflower condos
ALISO VIEJO, CA

I live in a condo and every few years the bee build a hive near the chimney. My association has sent out pest control. The bees are now coming in the house and my cat caught one and was stung on the mouth (requiring emergency vet visit). The pest control staff has been putting some kind of "powder" on it, but it seems ineffective, and the bee problem is just getting worse! Is it best to "gas" the bee hive? That sounds like the gold standard for treatment in the bee removal business. Please give me some advice to help me cut thru the association's laid-back attitude about nipping this problem in the bud once and for all!
Thanks,
Lisa

Beekeeper:  Hi Lisa, Usually associations only deal with problems not attached to the house, I'm surprised they are providing you some options but that's good. The gold standard or the way to get rid of the bees for good, is actually removing the bees and honeycomb. Otherwise it often creates additional problems with rodents, moths, ants, and long-term bee problems as well as people and pets getting stung among other things. All which can get quite costly. While opening the area, removing the honeybees, repairing and bee proofing is more expensive initially, in the long run its generally much less costly. It's also recommended to use a company that provides the full service to make good on the bee warranty. - Hope this helps, - j. Adkins PS Your welcome to call or have your association call us. 877-723-5467

Tiffany
kitchen
Belton, SC

I've noticed the last couple of days yellow jackets in my kitchen. i cant figure out how they are getting in. we've already killed 3 or 4. i am afraid of bees and i have young child at home. what is the best way to find out where they are coming from and how do i get rid of them. thank you , Tiffany

Beekeeper:  Hi Tiffany, I recommend between the hours of 10am to 4pm, on a day that's not very windy and the weather is fair to warm, looking around the top of the chimney as well as the eaves near the kitchen. Also look near the kitchen vent (usually on the roof). If they are bees, hornets, or yellow jackets, the activity should be easily apparent. - Good luck.
ps.If you require or find a bee remover in South Carolina I'd be happy to work with him, otherwise we expect to be in Greenville SC in a few more months. Good luck again.


grace walker
very close to doorway
newar delaware

bees (small and large bees) are swarming around the bush close to my doorway. I am very nervous. They were there last year. The numbers of bees increased. I also found honey in my window sills two years ago. I think there is also another hive in a tree in my backyard. I have a dog. I think he was strung last year. What can I do? I need help.

Beekeeper:  Can you see a hive or do they appear to go into the ground? Do you also see bees above the window sills or nearby? If they are honey bees It can be difficult to find a honey bee removal specialist near the north east region of the US. If you find anyone that you like, I'd be happy to refer or work with them, or they can contact us here for any area in the US and Canada. Otherwise Grace, we expect to be in Newark Delaware by July 2010.

Gilbert R. Reyes
Ceiling of Door Entrance
Moreno Valley, CA

The bees arrived this afternoon and have settled. The hive is about a foot in a half in diameter and about ten inches in length. The hive is about three inches from the out door light. Will the outdoor light disturbe the hive? Thanks, Gil......

Beekeeper:  Hi Gil, That's a good question, my guess is that the bees are going to like it there regardless of the light, but I'm often wrong. You should know in a few days.
Cheers, ps feel free to call us.
877-723-5467


Greg Lisi
NJ
Whiting

The warm weather has arrived and large black bees hover by the front door windows and eve of the house as if they are guarding the area. I do not see them entering into the eve or any other area. they hover for a few seconds and another bee wil come and they fly off for a few seconds and one returns to hover again and this keeps repeating itself until dusk. . any way to get rid of them ?

Beekeeper:  Hi, sounds like carpenter bees! They often burrow holes into the wood areas eaves of the house, wall, or patio structure. Could also be honeybee hive, Visit our bee identification page for identification and description.
Goodluck.


MICHELE JOHNSON
MAILBOX
LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA

A SWARM OF BEES ROUGHLY A THOUSAND OF THEM ARE ON TOP OF EACH OTHER ON AND UNDER OUR MAILBOX.

Beekeeper:  Michele, in a situation like that, they usually rest for up to 2 or 3 days before moving on. Feel free to call if you need help, the number is under the county page. - Good Luck Michele

lisa Gumba
under galvanized roof at
anguilla wi

Hi bee man:

I was hoping that you could tell me how to get rid of them. At the outside wall there appears to be about 200 bees, I'l sure there are many more. I have always had a bee problem (they love the place!), but now I need to do something. Can you help? Thx. Lisa

Beekeeper:  Lisa, Hi, you should first find out what kind of bee it's whether hornets, yellow jackets or honeybees, if nobody can tell you upload a pic and i can help u with more info. -

kim
in the wall
Houston, texas

We had a contractor remove the bee hives in our wall above the kitchen window between the 1 and 2 floors. Before starting the project there where no bees inside or outside the home. After he removed the hives and honey from the wall, he put back the dry wall. Now it's a couple of weeks later and we found dead bees inside the house near the area where the hives was every time we enter the home(home is vacant). We looked around the home but there's no bees flying around the outside of the home. Please advise on what i need to do.

Beekeeper:  Hi Kim,
It's usually a good idea to have a bee specialist doing the removal repair work when you have honeybees inside the wall, as opposed to a carpenter or handyman that does not specialize in honeybee removal. This is probably the cause of why you are seeing bees near the windowsill. To answer your question, there could be a few things happening: there could be an additional hive, the areas could not be bee-proofed correctly, or perhaps the honey has not been removed correctly causing what is called robber bees to show up that are robbing the honey that is in the wall. These bees in the wall get lost and end up inside the house, near the window. One additional option is that there is still a portion of the bees that are still alive. You say you have looked around the home, but you are not seeing bees? A good time to inspect for bees, is during the hours of 11-3, and not while it's raining, windy, or snowing.
Hope this helps. Give me a call if you keep seeing bees in the house - 877-432-2337


Wei
2nd floor bedroom window
Little Neck, NY

Hi, thanks for the great info. I think I have yellow jackets visiting my bedroom, which means my back aches from sleeping on the couch. I live on the second floor of a legal 2 family house and have found 9 of them dead so far and a few alive ever since I locked down the windows, which really bother me because I wonder if the nest is inside my bedroom given I don't see how they got in after the lock down. Can they live inside the radiator? Pretty scary thought. I hear the yellow jackets are out in force this year given the damp weather. The live ones knock against the window during the day and it's quiet at night and then dead the next day. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Beekeeper:  Re: bees in bedroom. - Hi Wei, you're welcome, what size are the bees that are getting in the bedroom? If they are about half-an-inch in length or less, they are most likely yellow jackets, but if they are an inch or longer, then they're generally hornets. In both cases, they will abandon this area in late fall, unlike honeybees, which will live year-round in the bedroom wall. However, with hornets and yellow jackets, it's often better to remove the nest or eradicate them, as the queens return to these areas, or close by areas the next year. There have been a lot of yellow jackets this year which means there will probably be a lot of yellow jackets next year from the queens that hatch this year. You're options regarding the bees in bedroom wall are to wait it out, eradicate it, and/or possibly remove it. If you'd like us to remove it, call 877-432-2337.

Stacey
In House
New York

I have found wasps in my house for a week now. The weather has been cold and yet I still see them. Will they eventually die???? I find anywhere from 10 to 15 a day...some dead in my daughters light fixture and some alive in her room and the livingroom.

Beekeeper:  Stacey, That's a lot of wasps. Most likely those wasps are hornets or yellow jackets. They generally will die and, in fact, abandon the nest in late fall or after a good freeze. New York gets pretty cold. Keeping the lights low in the rooms may help. I am guessing you are finding these hornets or yellow jackets near the window. It's common for them to get in the house by accident and then go to the window to try to get out and die there. I'm not sure which area of New York you are in, but we currently provide service in NYC, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon. If you would like us to remove them, give us a call at 877-432-2337. If you are in Rochester, Buffalo or Syracuse, we are temporarily shut down for the winter in these three areas. If you're interested in learning what type of wasp this is, take a few pictures and submit them here.

Iola L. Seals
outside my back window
Chicago

I was stung 31 times by bees on an artificial plant in a vase outside of my back window. I was not aware of the fact that they had established a hive there. As I attempted to straighten off the porch, they probably felt that I was attacking the queen. I went to the emergency room, and was given Benedryl, 60 mg Motril, and an ointment.
THey are also under my back steps which are uprooted by my neighbors tree trunk. Please advise. Thank y ou, Iola L. Seals

Beekeeper:  Hi Iola, That's no fun, glad to here your ok. You are right in terms of the bees feeling threatened. The first step would be to identify the bee. If you include your state and city, it will help to get an idea of the likeliness they are honeybees, wasps or yellow jackets. It sounds like you have ground bees, and they may be yellow jackets or hornets, which are common for northern areas of the US, including Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and such areas. The southern states more commonly get honey bees, though there are no guarantees. You may also upload a picture of the bees to our bee problem page for identification and an estimate for bee removal for the bees in the ground under the steps, and also the bees in the planter or vase. - John

Merdie
Bumble Bees

I am in desperate need of help; every year around this time I get a few possibly anywhere from 5 to 8 bumble bees that hit my window repeatedly! They actually come crashing into my window, do you have any idea why this happens? or how can I get them to go away?

Beekeeper:  Merdie, Not sure why this is happening. I do not hear this complaint to often at all. Thanks for your comment; I will have to throw this question on the backburner, as I do not have an answer for you. If you get a chance, if possible, take a picture and send one in to http://www.adkinsbeeremoval.com/what-kind-of-bee.php. Have a great day. - John

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