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Bees in House or Wasps up Against the Window
A coon misunderstanding is that bees in the house 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 to the house by accident, 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.
Bees look for a new home in attics, crawl spaces, and chimneys, sometimes they get lost and end up inside the house. This happens when they go toward the light in the house expecting to get back outside, but ending up in the house by accident. You will often find them buzzing against the window to get back to nature
Bees coming in through the window is 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 can cause 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 a swarm moves into a structure, within one to three days, the new hive will typically have up to two or three sheets of honeycomb inside the structure each about the size of your hand, and sent that could attract bees in the future if not properly removed. It may not be a bad thing to initially see 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). If the the activity is simply scout bees looking for a home (appear to bee floating around a general vicinity as if inspecting or searching) a brave person may spray a 'small amount' of pest spray. If after 15 minutes the activity continues, it is likely that there is an established hive or nest. In such a case, it seldom if ever does you any good to spray water, wasp spray, light a fire, or any other method - this will typically aggravate the beehive and cause additional problems.
Often a home owner will spray the bees 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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