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The misunderstanding can be that bees in the house came in through the window 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 that a few bees are getting in through the chimney, vent, eave, or a structural void, at which point they fly to the window trying to exit commonly becoming lethargic/ tired and dying after a short while unless let back outside. Often a homeowner may come back to their house to find dead bees next to the window or near the window seal and on the floor or carpet. What has likely happened is that while away, a hive moved into the premises.
Scout bees inspectingan attic, crawl space, or chimney, sometimes get lost and end up in the house. The bees go toward the light in the house expecting to get back outside, ending 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 if not properly removed. 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.
If you have been getting bees 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 95% 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. To speak directly to a bee removal expert in the US or Canada our bee removal hotline.
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, or you may also request a quote or schedule servicehere.
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, most experts would tell you to not try to solve the problem yourself, there is likley a hive inside the structure with thousands of bees that you’ll want to have removed.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I'M KILLING 1 BEE A DAY IN MY HOUSE. DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS OR IS IT TEMPORARY>>
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.
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.
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)
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!
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
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,
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