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Contents
Bee Removal inside of structure
Observing
Prevent bees from moving in
Inspecting
Bees living inside of the structure
Removing the honeycomb
Honeycomb left in wall /roof/ structure
Prices & discounted options

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Bee Removal inside of structure

Honey bees buzzing around any of the following: roof line, soffit, garage, wall, fence, jacuzzi or a similar structure may be an indication of a beehive. If the bees are not in a very noticeable location it is likely they have been there a good while. Knowing what kind of bee it is can help. bee id chart | wasp id
In the U.S, from November through April honeybees are active, though not wasps.

Observing
A handful or honey bees floating around the structure as if inspecting, may be scout bees determining if the area would make a suitable home. You can watch the bees entering, honeybees returning with yellow sacs on the back of their legs, indicate a beehive is inside - typically with thousands of bees.

Prevent bees from moving in
If there are no yellow pollen sacs on their legs, a hive may have just arrived, or they are just scouting the location. For scout bees, where bees are floating around, or have no yellow pollen sacs on their legs, to get rid of the honey consider grabbing a can of wasp or hornet spray and apply a single coat over the outer area in question. If after 15 minutes bee activity persists or worsens, there is most likely a beehive inside with thousands of bees. If however activity has ceased, then could have been a hit on the pocket book has been avoided. Feel free to bookmark this page encase you need to come back.

To learn more about preventing a bees & wasps from moving in based on the location of the bee activity such as a chimney, roof, wall, visit the article on prevent a bee problem.


Inspecting
Bees sleep from evening through early morning. If you are re-inspecting during these times and find no activity it could be that the bees are just inactive during this time period. Inspections are best made between 10am to 4pm. Rain, extreme wind, and very extreme heat can also keep bees from being active. For questions call our bee hotline. When it comes to a new swarm of bees, immediate attention is often much less frustrating, time consuming, and costly.

Bees living inside of the structure
Visit the following views if bees are in any of these areas: bees near window, bees in basement, chimney. Otherwise, with bees that have moved into a structure, getting rid of them from walls, roofs, eaves, is difficult to remedy. Occasionally, honey bees are found near vent or rain gutters. When a gutter actually goes into a wall or eave structure, bees may use the opening to enter and then build a hive in or around the wall, or under the roof of the structure. Typically there is 20 to 80 lbs. of honeycomb in a beehive.


Removing the honeycomb
With honeybees, removing the honeycomb is important - pictures. Some time ago a caller called explaining that her pest control provider got rid of the bees, but now honey is running down the wall of her house. This happens quite a bit. When addressing a customer's bee problem, asking some basic questions can help find out what they already know and what may help to explain. One question is ‘have you ever had bees before?’ To this she responded “ Yes, he exterminated a hive of bees before in a different spot a year ago” (that can also be a common response). The homeowner was not informed to remove the honeycomb, or it was not brought to her attention.

Honeycomb left in wall /roof/ structure
Many times homeowners leave the honey and comb in the wall or attic because an exterminator didn’t provide the option to remove the hive and honeycomb. Leaving a beehive and honey in the structure is asking for ongoing problems in the future. It’s kind of like a mechanic changing your oil and then saying “here’s your car back… oh by the way you’re going to need a new oil filter, I threw your old one out.” Obviously we wouldn’t just drive off without an oil filter because we know better. But if you didn’t know much about changing oil, you might say – ok, thanks for your help, and drive off.

A beehive of about 3 months may have 20 to 40 pounds of honeycomb. During daytime bees keep the hive cool using their wings to circulate air through it. On a hot day in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, or California, when bees have been killed or extracted, and the honeycombs not removed, that honey can start melting very quickly. Honey will melt down the wall or roof line, permanently setting into the structure.

This often can cause staining or mildew and long term bee problems as well as attract rodents, moths and other insects, and other critters. If you’re wondering why you keep getting bees, that would the greatest cause. With recurring problems, it is simply best to remove and clean out the known hives that exist and do some extra work suppressing the smell of existing hives and optionally bee proof some potential problem areas like vents, roof line, wall, eaves to keep bees from returning. View testimonials of what others have said. Areas of the structure the sun rises on are more likely to get bees.

By getting rid of your honeybees and not removing the honey, a pest company can create even more problems without you knowing it! Exterminators often tell home owners that the chemical powder they use to kill bees will dry up the melting honey and solving your problem. Regrettably, a pest product designed to kill and keep bugs away does not hardly dry up 10 to 80 lbs. of honeycomb. However, it sounds much better than spending more money toward the problem.

Other pest companies provide you with a slip of paper releasing themselves from liability and recommending to find someone to remove the exterminated hive and repair the structure. Finding a contractor (with no bee removal experience) to open, remove, and repair a wall or roof, usually incurs high costs with no warrantee on returning bees. Here is a short list of reasons why you may not want to use a bee exterminator to kill bees.


Prices & discounted options
You can learn about prices and cost of bee removal as well as discounted and free bee removal options. If you have immediate questions you can Ask the Beeman, Call the hotline, or Request a Callback anytime.

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