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Honey bees buzzing around a roof line, soffit, garage, wall void, fence, jacuzzi or a similar structure may likely be an indication of a beehive. If bees are in a very noticeable location and you think the problem may be brand new, there are some things you may do to get rid of the bees and deter them from moving in. 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 above 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 going to be 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. If you try this, bookmark this page encase you need to return. 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. In the US or Canada call our bee hotline if you would like help. 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 these beehives.
Some time ago I received a call from a 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 happens quite a bit). When addressing a customer's bee problem, there are a series of questions I ask to find out what they already know and what may need to be explained. 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." This is 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 it in the wall or attic because a 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. If you live in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, or California, it's a hot day, and the bees have been killed or extracted, that honey will start melting very quickly. If not removed, that honey will melt down the wall or roof line, and permanently set into the structure. This often can cause staining or mildew. That area of the structure will likely create long term problems attracting rodents, moths and other insects, but more especially returning bees. If youâ€™re wondering why you keep getting bees, this is the greatest culprit. 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 bee proofing on vents, roof, or wall, eave, voids to keep bees away or from returning.
Ironically (whether they know it or not) by getting rid of your bees and not removing hive and honey, the pest company has created even more problems without you even 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, 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 50 lbs of honeycomb. On warm days this honey may show up running down the wall or in some other form. However, when the 'expert' is telling you this will solve the problem, it sure sounds better than shelling out additional money toward finding a contractor (with no bee removal experience) to open, remove, and repair a wall or roof, in which case the cost 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 the bees.
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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.
Over a year ago I purchased this home here in Rancho Cucamonga, during the home inpection I noticed a lot of honey bees up by the roof line and informed the inspector. He claimed the house would be tented for termites and that would get rid of the bee problem. Well it didn't. As soon as it got warm thousands of bees returned. I called Terminex and they came out and sealed the small opening in the siding and sprayed some kind of liquid that killed thousands of bees, enough to cover the roof with hundreds of bees. They seemed to go away, but everytime it gets warm they come back. Well today is around 80 degrees and they are back. There are hundreds of bees just flying around the area treated from the last time the Terminex people came out, also there are hundreds of bees dead on the roof and the ground from the wind blowing them off the roof. When I say hundreds, I mean more than anyone would think, where do they all come from. SO WHAT HOW.... I FEEL I'M KILLING ALL THE BEES, I just want them to find a new home, what now?
Beekeeper: Hi Gregg, lol
Not good! The beehive in the roof should have been removed not just exterminated. :) The honey has likely set into the roof, wall, or ceiling and this is attracting new bee colonies. The smell of the old hives causes the bees to think your house is a suitable place to build a home. At this point even if Terminex does seal up the structure well, your house will very likely continue to attract bees to other areas of your roof-line, walls, eaves, or chimney.
do you know who in the Lansing michigan area i could contact?
Beekeeper: Scott, If you find anyone that you like, I'd be happy to work with them, or they can contact us here
for any area in the US and Canada. Otherwise we expect to be in Michigan by July 2010.
For the past few years I have seen alot of bees in the spring and summer on my deck. I'm not sure if they are in the bbq grill or under the deck or in the siding. I'm not sure what to do? any suggestions? I think I am going to try a 2liter bottle cut in half and stapled together upside down to attract the bees into the sweet juice.
Beekeeper: Hi John, Visit our bee identification page to learn what kind of bee you might have. The 2liter bottle trick will likely only work if there yellowjackets, but even then wont actually solve the problem
Louis Denato Sr
The bees look like yellow jackets. Took this picture of hive 3/24/2010 attic crawl space rafter near eve. During summer and fall, many bees. Hive totally inactive now. Can I remove this now???
Beekeeper: Yes you can remove it. Unlike honeybees, yellow jackets and hornets abandon the hive in the winter. After you remove the nest you may want to do exclusion work to keep from getting bees in the future. Good luck Louise.
If you could let me know who to contact for bee and nest removal that would be great!! We just had someone come out and after looking at the nest said he wasn't going to touch it and we shouldn't either.
Beekeeper: Kristin, If you found anyone that you like, I'd be happy to refer or work with them, or they can contact us here
for any area in the US and Canada. Otherwise we expect to be in Detroit MI by July 2010.
I HAVE TWO ROOF PITCHES THAT MEET AND CREATE A DIFFICULT AREA TO SEE THE HIVE AND WHETHER THE BEES HAVE PENETRATED INTO THE ATTIC. I LIVE IN THE BELOW FREEZING AREA OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN COLORADO. THE BEES ARE DORMENT RIGHT NOW. THEY CAN NOT STAY. I DON'T MIND BEES, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I AM ALLLERGIC AND THEY ARE RIGHTNEXT TO MY FRONT DOOR. ANYTHING I CAN DO KILL THEY HIVE WHILE THEY ARE DORMENT AND THEN GO IN THRU THE ATTIC TO CLEAN THE HONEY OUT? THANKS
Beekeeper: Hi Jeff,
Sorry i didn't get back to you sooner. It would be very difficult to try to handle yourself. Not impossible but quite unwise. Feel free to give us a call we can likely work with you in getting rid of the bees in the attic.
I have bee's between my garage and house. under the sofit at the end of the roof line. They dont bother me I don't bother them. I want to know can they cause damage to the house. I read a page on yor site and I did not see an answer to my question. If I just let them live will this cause problems for my house. It have not seen a bee in south Fl. for so long I dont want to kill them. Thanks for your time. Matthew
Beekeeper: Hi Matt,
Good question. Damages to the structure of the house often come from honey that has melted; which is caused by exterminating a beehive and leaving it in the wall. As long as the bees are living you should not experience this problem. In addressing the problem of bees in the wall, it’s usually much better to wait until you can do it right opening the wall and removing the honey as well as the bees as apposed to killing them and leaving it inside.
There is one other factor to consider, which is that a bee hive in a structure can attract rodents, however the chances are a little greater when the hive is killed but not removed. Hope this helps :) Good luck. - John.
I had a beekeeper this summer-swarm moved in to the house walls crawling under the lip of vertical cedar siding that is on top of lower-level brick> That was June 5 09. Over a period of weeks he tried various methods; He took the queen and most of the hive by using chemicals to drive them out, but hundreds remained, as did the hive. The hive, we think, is in the bricks themselves, making removal almost impossible.
Beekeeper: Are u sure there honeybees? you can upload a pic here for confirmation: http://www.adkinsbeeremoval.com/what-kind-of-bee.php Its more common to have yellowjackets or hornets in Chicago then honeybees. If they are honeybees then it would be a good idea to open your wall from the inside (in this case) and pull the honeycomb out. If there wasps then they will abandon this nest very soon due to winter.
Great website! Can't seem to find the answers to our questions though. Bees are in our attic since late summer and we just found the hive. Are there bees inside the hive now that we can't see them anymore? If we want to remove the hive ourselves are there any common products we can use to safely remove the pherome? And we, in the urgency of the moment, sprayed from the exterior of the house. Does that contaminate any honey we may find? Thank you for your knowledgeable help in this matter!
Beekeeper: Dear Pat, re: bees in attic,
yellow jackets around lights when on, dead in window sills, in kitchen and interior rooms.
Beekeeper: Hi Lou,
I should start charging per question. Just kidding. Are you in a one-story house or two-story house? It's most common that the hornets or yellow jackets will be living in the attic area. Often this is through the edge of the eave around the house. However, if the room where you're getting wasps in is near the chimney, sometimes they set up shop near chimneys. Bees or wasps under the foundation are another common place they nest. The good news is they do not survive the winter. Very shortly in your case, with November coming up, most likely the nest will be totally abandoned. The bad news is 95% of the queens will hibernate in your attic and neighboring attics. Next spring, these yellow jackets will go back to the same or nearby areas to start their own homes. If you take care of the problem ahead of time before the queens go hibernate, then you typically will save yourself recurring problems for the next year. If you would like to get this removed, drop us a line at 877-432-2337.
Last week we noticed, for the first time, 30-40 bees in an upstairs bedroom window. They are very dormat and weak. I discovered they are located in an outside opening in our roofline shingles by a window arch. I sprayed in the opening and several came out and died on the roof. Each day I get a handful in the room crawling on the floor. Is this a scout team or is my problem larger?
Beekeeper: Hey Bob,
After spraying, did it get rid of the bees? If you still see bees after you sprayed, it almost always means that there is a hive inside the house, attic, wall, or soffit. One thing to do is to first identify what type it is. Feel free to upload a picture here to find out what kind of bee it is. The next step would be determining your options to get rid of the bees.
many bees (10 to 15 daily) on picture window for the past week to 10 days. This house is not heated in the winter therefore a hard freeze will occur for many weeks. Will this kill the bees if there is a hive?
It sounds like you have yellow jackets or hornets. You are right, the workers die in the winter. However, the queens abandon the nest and then over-winter in isolated locations. Unfortunately, they tend to come back to these places the following Spring looking for a new place to build a home. Feel free to upload a picture of your bee problem here to make sure that they are not honeybees. Honeybees will live year-round.
The bees you are seeing on the window are there by accident. They're often living in the roof or wall, but a very, very small amount get in the house, and end up going towards the window trying to get out. This small group of bees will buzz against the window until they die.
Hello. i don,t know where to start i notice bees around a window and the is about 5 to 10 there at any given time, yes i sprayed that did not kill themm and now i pluged the hole after reading this sruff i am neverous about stuff. i can hear them in the wall. how long does it take them to come threw dry wall? so u r telling me i have to open the wall but how do i kill them befor i opeh yje wall. please respond neverous in Iowa ......
Beekeeper: Hi Don,
It's very difficult to kill bees when they're inside of a wall or structure. There are thousands upon thousands of them, generally. Even after an effective eradication, you typically have hundreds of new bees hatching every day. In addition, you usually have bees off in the fields which return and hang out. After a week or so, if the extermination was effective, those bees will most likely go away. However, honeybees from neighboring hives will typically smell the honey in the structure and be attracted to that area. Many times, the activity never goes away. Because of this, it is very difficult to perform do-it-yourself (DIY) bee removal. In addition, there are other complications removing the honey. Often when everything is repaired, the bees come back. Feel free to call me regarding some type of payment options, or other methods of how we may be able to help you.
- John Adkins
Hello...........I definetly have a bee problem I found them a month ago and they are going in and out . 2 weeks ago I noticed blackish shiny stuff on my vinyl siding..honey maybe it was 90 or more the entire wk. My daughter hears them in the wall on the second floor..I believe I have an established hive and would like someone to benifit from them rather that eradicate them what do you suggest???? Patty
Beekeeper: Hi Patty, you need to remove all the bees and the honeycomb, or it typically creates bigger problems.
Penny D Bonesteel
Hi...We noticed ahandful of honeybees under our bay window...inside I placed my ear on the hardwood floor of the bay window and could hear the bees...landlord called a "handy man" who supposedly got rid of them but still there are like12 or so bees at a time flying around the area under the window , then flying away but they keep coming back...I listened for them in the floor again and couldnt hear much...do you think they are gone? How can I be sure? My fiancee is allergic to bees and we dont want them getting in the house...my landlord is cheap...so any advice?
Beekeeper: It sounds like there is a bee hive somewhere in your structure. An important part of solving honeybee problem is to remove the honeycomb. If it's not removed, new hives will typically return each year. Please visit dead bees on my window for more information, on our How to Get Rid of Bees page.
Can you hear bee activity through Rhino walls. We have a timber home and noticed today only that we have a lot of bees in our bedroom, we located that they seem to be going in outside behind a lamp on the wall. They don't seem to have 'yellow' on their legs and we can't see pollen. We have tried to smoke them, they get less, but then more again. We want to know if we would be able to hear buzzing through the walls where the hive is, as our walls are very thin and do not have much insulation.
Beekeeper: Good Questions. If it has been going on for a while then they are not scout bees looking for a home, which means one of two things: either there is a hive there, or there may be a water source behind there. You would most likely know if there was a water source. A picture would be very helpful, as if they are some other type of bee, they would not necessarily carry pollen on the back of their legs. You can upload a picture to our what kind of bee page. Hope to hear from you. Good luck.
I have found 2 small golf ball sized hives up under the roof around our front entrance. I can see the holes in the side of the comb and noticed just one bee the other day when I was in the area. Any idea how to get rid of them. I think my husband is going to try tonight. I read that late evening is best? Help!! Thanks! Lona
Beekeeper: They sound like paper wasps, and whatever he does, don't look 'em in the eye. Just kidding. There are other methods to kill these hives. For small hives like this, it's often done best in the evening when they’ve all returned.
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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