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Bees in House or Wasps up Against the Window
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.

Bees on a window sill
Dead bees on a window sill

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. (Discuss this Article / Leave Feedback) Return to: How to get rid of bees


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