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Bees in my Basement

"How do I get rid of bees in my basement?" Those bees may actual by hornets, wasps or yellow jackets; An important part of solving the problem is generally to identify the bees or wasps (see the wasp id chart). Next is locating the nest, sometimes honeybees take up residency in the basement, in either case you should be able to spot the activity from the outside, and see where the bees are going into the basement. The nest may be inside the wall or ceiling of the basement.

If bees are getting into the basement by accident this can be due to a light attached to the ceiling which tends to glow partially into or above the ceiling void. In this case you will find more activity inside when the light in the basement is left on. If they are honeybees, removing the bee nest is important to solving the problem, otherwise you tend to end up with recurring bee problems in addition to attracting other critters to your basement. Learning more about how to get rid of bees in the wall can help with some dos and don'ts, as well as tips for solving your bee problem.

In the case of honey bees most people will recommend calling a beekeeper to come remove the bees in your basement. To connect with a bee remover call the US bee removal hotline. To learn more about the equipment and processes of removing honeybees stop by here. - Adkinsbees
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Noreen Ruggiero
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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Montgomery, IL

At first I had wasps under my cedar shake siding on the roof. After getting rid of them I now have bee's. They have found a way under the porch area to get into the basement. It seems they also got into the outter area of the cedar siding of the house. I have sprayed, foamed up any holes I seen, yet they still find another way in. HELP!

Beekeeper:  Hi Cindy, A wasp nest typically has 5-10 bees in it. That's most likely why you were able to kill them. But the bees coming in your basement, generally speaking, will have thousands of bees inside the hive or nest. An important part of solving the problem is to remove the bee hive. Feel free to give us a call or visit bees in my wall for more information.

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