Bees in the Basement

Sometimes bees take up residency in the basement wall or ceiling. Bees may end up inside the basment when attracted to a light that was left on or the natural basement light from a window. Bees that end up in basements include honeybees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Often the bees have a hive or nest in the basement cieling or wall. Basment ight entering from a ceiling void or wall void attracks the bee in to the basment. Sometimes they are entering from the edge of a ceiling lamp.

Locating the bees
Inspecting the outside area between 10am and 5pm can help find out were the bees are located. With honeybees, yellowjackets, and hornets there should be a good amount of activity somewere outside near the Basement. With wasps, and bumblebees there will be lesser activity requiring more pacience. You can use this Bee id chart to help identify the type of bee your seeing.

Honeybees
If they are honeybees, removing the hive and honeycomb is ussualy important to solving the problem, otherwise you may to end up with recurring bee problems in addition to attracting other critters to your basement. Learng more here about how to get rid of bees in the wall including some dos and donts for solving a bee problem.

In the case of honey bees most people recommend calling a beekeeper to remove the bees. To connect with a bee remover call the U.S. bee removal hotline.
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Noreen Ruggiero
Bees in basement
Dedham, MA

I have recently found about a dozen queen bees in my basement, some dead, others "drousy." Does this mean I will have a problem with other bees during the summer? What should I do? I rent, so I assume this is something the landlord should handle. Thanks.

Beekeeper:  Hi Noreen, It typically means either a bee hive is in the basement wall / roof, or the bees are considering moving in.
Generally the landlord is responsible or liable for this, however some people have other arrangements. Usually if the bees are in the basement wall or ceiling its a job that would involve the landlord. Here is further info on bees in walls, attic, or eaves


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