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 see bee identification and wasp id. There is very little wasp active during January to April.
Observing If honey bees appear to be floating around the structure as if inspecting, 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 returning honeybees entering an opening have yellow sacs on the back of their legs, then there is very likely a beehive inside - typically with thousands of bees.
If there are no yellow pollen sacs on their legs, a hive may have just arrived or they are just scouting the location. In this case, 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. Consider contacting a bee removal specialist to get rid of the bee hive. If however activity has ceased, than what would appear to have been what are called scout bees, and what could have been a hit on the pocket book has been avoided. Feel free to bookmark this page encase you need to come back.
Inspecting Be careful to note that bees sleep in the evening through to the 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 there may be 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 use the opening to build a hive in or around the vent, wall, or under the roof of the building. Typically there is 20 to 80 lbs of honeycomb in a beehive.
Removing the honeycomb is an important part of solving an existing bee problem - pictures. Some time ago a caller called explaining that her pest control provider got rid of her bee problem, 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) she was not informed to remove the honeycomb, or it was not brought home to her attention. Most homeowners leave the honey and comb in the wall or attic because an exterminator or their pest control service provider doesn’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.
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 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. To solve this recurring problem in such cases it is simply best to remove and clean out the known hives that exist and do some extra work suppressing the smell and optionally bee proofing some potential problem areas like vents, roof line, wall, eaves to keep bees from returning. View testimonials of what others have said.
By getting rid of your bees and not removing hive and 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 encurs 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.-- Read comments below or Ask a question!
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I have what I think are baby bees in my laundry room, I saw 5 today! Are they getting in through the dryer vent? Is this a bigger problem than I think?
Beekeeper: Yes ma'am this is a great question! As it would seem, your observations have served you well! This means that you have a beehive located somewhere within the structure of your home! Congratulations! You are now the owner of a fully functioning colony of honey bees! Live removal would be your best option :)
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Hello, I'm not sure what I have-bumble bees, carpenter bees or neither of those. I hear noise early morning or later at night. I don't see many bees flying around any particular area to see where they are or are not going in. I sprayed and have tried to cover the area I thought they were going in, but I'm still hearing them. Could you help me diagnosis what I have and need to do?
Beekeeper: Hi Kristine
Front of our home, looks like they are entering holes in rock around window casing where foundation shift caused a hole to develop. We sprayed outside of wall with wasp spray, in hopes that these bees were scouting. We are continuing to do that.
I believe I have a honey bee infestation in the front of my house. The honey bees are going in and out of what I think to be a weep hole under my living room window. I noticed 1 or 2 flying in and out last year but never saw anymore. I had called an exterminator to help identify the bee and he agreed it was a honey bee and said there was nothing they could do to help. After reading your website, I see they usually come out between the hours of 10 and 4 and we are not typically home then. That is probably why I have not seen more of them. My sister called me today and said there were several going in and out of the same hole as last year. I am not sure what to do at the point. I need to find out how to locate their hive within my wall and how to get rid of them.
Beekeeper: Hi Stephanie,
the are gettig very agressive. I was sraying them outside and they began dive bombing me like in cartoons
Hello, I have been experiencing a few bees hanging around my trash can outside that we use to hold empty soda cans. We have a pile of wood next to this trash can also. Trash can has been in use for at least two yrs but the bees have only been present the past two weeks. We live on phx az. Is it the trash can that it attracting the bees?
Beekeeper: Hi Michelle,
What your experiencing is not to common, though it does happen. It is not so much the trash can that attracted the bees, but rather it is simply a place where the bees were able to make a home.
You'll want to make sure any honey and comb are removes after and perhaps treat that area to suppress any sent that would attract another hive with time.
For help with removing them or cost, you can call Nick he is near you, using the local number there or just use the toll free line.
Oh my goodness! an amazing article. Thank you! ;)
there is a bee colony in an outside wall. I can see a hole they are entering. I'm getting ready to completely remodel the entire house both inside and out. Should I call a beekeeper for extraction or a pest control person. I don't have a problem to opening up a wall...but want to know who should I call. Thanks
My husband found a bee looks to be honeybees in our outside wall by the roof it is next to our childrens window on the second story i was up stairs and found 2 bees killed them and found 3 more killed them and there were more after that and keep coming back .What should i do?
Beekeeper: Hi Elisa,
I see lots of bees in the corner of the house. I suspect that there must be lots of honey inside the attic.
It's very possible that you do have honey in the attic, but if the bees are alive, the honey will be suspended in the honeycomb.
If possible, follow this link to our Houston bee removal office and give them a call to come see what's going on.
Hello, I've bookmarked your site, it's very interesting and informative!
Beekeeper: Hi there, Jutta thanks for the compliment on our website :) and for uploading a picture.
If what you are saying is correct, and the bees swarmed to the shed and then the extermination happened in the
same day, the bees shouldn't have had time to establish any honeycomb. Sheds can be difficult to beeproof, especially if there is an existing hive underneath the shed; however, right now is still swarming season, so it's not unusual to see scout bees investigating the shed again (they probably belong to a separate hive that is ready to swarm).
It is assumed that if there is no honeycomb, and the bees are scouting, then you can successfully close off the entrance to the bees' desired home and the scouts will look elsewhere.
Typically bees will only resort to digging if they are trapped inside. More likely, a rodent would dig through and the bees would then exploit that opening.
In this case personally i would not worry about caulk or much else. Yes bees can dig through dirt, wood, stucco, etc. My recommendation is to take your chances with what you've done.
If the bees move into the shed, feel free to contact our Tucson bee removal branch.
Beekeeper: Hi Stacy, It sounds like you have a bee hive in your wall, vent or attic. Sometimes this is difficult to locate. It can be very difficult to get rid bees yourself, I recommend having a bee specialist come out to locate the bees buzzing in the wall. Here is our contact in Orlando Florida For people in other areas in the US or Canada visit the bee removal homepage.
Will it help if I "bomb" the attic,with the available insecticides sold at LOWE'S?
Beekeeper: Hi patty, generally this makes matters worse. :) But getting ride of bees and removing the honey can be expensive when your bees are in the wall, roof, or eaves. Additionally I don't know anyone that budgets for bees! In such cases we like to look into options of breaking up payments, discounting or trade.
Hi. we just noticed today about a dozen or so small bees (black?) buzzing around our front porch and a few entering into a tiny crack that is part of our upstairs balcony. Should we do anything about it or just let them bee??
Beekeeper: Barbara, Hi thanx for visiting, Ive moved your post here, likewise there is some additional info on this page for you. Are the windows close to the fire place? If so (between hours of 10 to 4) look near chimneytop. Otherwise look around the eave area were the roof meets the wall. Lastly but less likely and more evasively - sometimes the bees use a vent on the rooftop as an entrance point. Hope this works for finding the bees - next step getting rid of them. Good luck.
ok info helpful... in order to get rid of this problem am i forced to take the wall down???
Beekeeper: Joe, sometimes it feels like that. Call if you need more info.
Glad to know that the powder sub. won't solve the problem. I have honey bees in my daughters bedroom wall. not sure if or how long they been there. I got to feeling around the window pane and pushed a whole in the wall. When this happened alot of bees came out! Called pest control and they explained what needed to be done- but never mentioned anything about a honey comb. Thanks so much, Now I need to find a bee keeper.
Beekeeper: I've experienced similar situations and spoken with home owners that had wet spots in their ceiling above were the bees were. It turned out, in almost all of these cases to be a large yellow jacket nest.
Although I don't know if this is the case with you, I appreciate your leaving the first comment on my feedback article. I hope to have Adkins Bee Removal throughout all the major cities in the US by 2009.
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