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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 bees are in a very noticeable location and you think the problem may be brand new. If the bees [bee id] appear to be floating around the structure as if inspecting it, they may just be a scouting party determining if this area would make a suitable home. If they are floating about the structure as mentioned but are also going in and out of an opening and there doesn't seem to be heavy traffic, watch the bees entering. If honeybees entering an opening have yellow sacs on the back of their legs, then there is a beehive inside - typically with thousands of bees.
If there are no yellow pollen sacs on their legs, a hive likely just arrived within a day or two. In the case where bees are floating around, or if any small amount are entering a hole but have no yellow pollen sacs on their legs, and you cannot see a nest, to get rid of the honey bees you may choose to obtain a can of wasp or hornet spray and apply a single coat over the area in question. If after 15 minutes bee activity persists or worsens, there is most likely a beehive inside with thousands of bees. Consider contacting a bee removal specialist to get rid of the bee hive. If however activity has ceased, than they would appear to have been what are called scout bees, and what could have been a quite costly dilemma has been avoided. You can bookmark this page encase you need to or would like to come back.
Be careful to note that bees sleep in the evening through the very early morning. If you are re-inspecting during these times, but find no activity it could very well be that they are just inactive during this time period and you may have not gotten rid of bees in the wall or structure. 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 bees, immediate attention is often much less frustrating, time consuming, and costly.
If bees have moved into a structure, getting rid of bees near window, or in walls, roofs, eaves, soffits, or bees in basement can prove most difficult to remedy. Occasionally, honey bees are found near vents or rain gutters. When a gutter actually goes into a wall or eave structure, bees may follow it and form a hive inside the vent, wall, or under the roof of the building. Typically there is 20 to 80 lbs of honeycomb in such beehives.
Some time ago I received a call from an elderly lady explaining that her pest control provider got rid of her bee problem, but now honey is running down the wall of her house. This can happen when a hive is exterminated and not removed. Additionally bees like to return to homes and structures were the sent of a hive has existed prior. Removing a honey beehive verse just exterminating is nearly always the best choice.
An average beehive about 3 months old 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 vacuumed, but the honeycombs not removed, that honey can start melting very quickly. If not removed, honey will melt down the wall or roof line, permanently setting into the structure. This often can cause staining or mildew. This will likely create long term problems and can attract rodents, moths and other insects, as well as returning bees. If you’re wondering why you keep getting bees, this is the greatest cause. To solve this recurring problem in such cases it is simply best to remove and clean out hives that exist and do some extra work suppressing the smell and optionally bee proofing some potential problems like vents, roof line, wall, eave, and gaps to from returning.
By getting rid of your bees and not removing hive and honey, a pest company can create even more problems without you knowing it! So much for "trust your home to the bee experts". Exterminators often tell home owners that the powdery chemical they use to kill bees will dry up the melting honey and solving your problem. Regrettably, it should be obvious that pest product designed to kill and keep bugs away is not going to dry up 10 to 80 lbs of honeycomb. However, when the 'expert' is telling you this will solve the problem, it sure sounds better than spend more money toward finding a contractor (with no bee removal experience) to open, remove, and repair a wall or roof, in which case costs may end up being perhaps twice as much, and there is 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.
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