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Honey Bees in a vent or air duct of the house can be difficult to get rid of. Unlike a wasp, a new swarm of honeybees begin with thousands of bees. Within just a few days they may have a several sheets of honeycomb each about the size of your hand near or inside the vent or air duct. Often I'm asked how to make the bees go away, getting the honey bees to abandon their home in the vent or air duct is typically done by extermination or removal and relocation.
In attempts to get rid of bees, people turn on the vent and occasionally make other concoctions to thwart off the bees such as sealing, taping, or closing up the vents in hopes to choke out the bees. This can drive thousands of bees into the house or into other areas, and or causes them to dig through sealant (if used), or to dig through the wood or stucco creating new openings. Unless the bees have not moved in yet and are simply scouting the structure There's no easy solution to getting rid of the honeybees.
Bees that are entering in and out through the vent opening outside of the structure seldom live inside the vent or air duct shaft, but instead are living in the wall or void around it and only appear to be going into the vent. If you see bees inside your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or other area of the house or find bees near windows, these few bees are getting in by accident and simply represent a much larger problem, Bees can generally observe them from the outside.
The unfortunate solution for bees in vent is to open up the house, wall, or roof, remove the honeybees and hive from the structure, and then repair that location. In most cases just killing the bees using a bee exterminator and then sealing up the opening creates long-term ongoing bee problems. Even if it was sealed up well, the smell of the honey in near the vent or attached to the house, wall, or roof attracts more bees in years to come. If you plan to just leave the honeycomb inside the vent area and the bees don't appear to be a threat it can be best to leave the hive living. When it's alive, the honey is contained and cooled by the bees, but once the bee hive is killed the honey will melt. You should only expect to have a bee problem like this perhaps once in a lifetime, but not removing the honeycomb tends to create ongoing problems.
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Hi, Sorry, hidden hive can't supply pictures. I have a 1 story house with a low pitched roof and for the past 2 weeks have seen honey bees inside my stove vent/light. The other day I cleaned up 6-8 dead bees from inside the lighted vent, today I started cooking lunch and saw 2 more live bees in it. Not sure what to do, was advised to burn sulfur fumes when the vent fan is running to kill any bees by a bee control person in a web forum. My husband wants to "save money and cap off and remove the entire vent pipe from stove to roof to avoid later bees coming back". I advised him that might be a bad idea since hes not a bee person. Since I doubt we can afford professional removal (please supply quotes so I can consider it still), is there anything I can boil or smoke up the stove vent fan to try to encourage them to move a possible hive? Boiling wine fumes maybe? I really don't want to kill the bees or make my cooking area toxic. Thanks, VaL
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