Dead bees on the outside the my house

As odd as it is, dead bees along the outside of your house or building can be signs that a hive of bees is planning on moving in or has already moved in and are living in or near the wall, eave or structure. An established hive typically has 2,000 to 20,000 bees). In some cases upon observation you may also see dead or what look like sick bees on the ground or being carried out by one or two bees and dropped somewhere, or just the occasional bee stumbling out and dying.

Causes for dead bees outside of the house may include the following:

  1. A bee hive has recently split causing the swarm to travel and moved into the location. During the process, old or weak bees die along the way or sometime shortly after they arrive. These are often the dead bees you are seeing.
  2. Another cause for dead bees outside of the house or structure is that the beehive may have a disease which is affecting them, causing a percentage of them to die outside the house. Dead bees outside on the ground almost never means the problem will resolve itself.
  3. You might find dead bees near the front door of a house or the back porch. This is often caused by an automated porch light that comes on before dark, becoming brighter as the sun sets. A such, either this light is in the bees flight path on the way home, or a large tree is nearby with a lot of bee activity and at evening are drawn to your porch light loosing there way home; after which they buzz around it tell exhausted then die or appear lethargic by the porch. This is typically a sign that there is a bee hive attached to your house or nearby.
  4. A house or building typically may attract a beehive every 30 years or so; however if the building has a history of bee problems, bees can appear every year. A reason for dead bees outside of the house is that when the hive and honeycombs are not removed the smell can attract bees regularly to that spot or a spot nearby. This also tends to attracted rodents, carpet beetles, and other critters. Removing a nest can be a critical part of solving a bee problem. For more information on bees on your house or building visit bees in wall. If you live in the US or Canada call the toll free bee helpline or request call back here.
  5. An unlikely cause for dead bees near the house or along the side of a structure may be caused by a recent fight with another beehive trying to steal honey. This can happen more often in winter when honey is scarce.
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I was pulling weeds near a fence between my house and the neighbors house and noticed many Bee's start to swarm around the fence, appearing to be coming from the neighbors side. They appeared to be very agitated even though I was not threatening. I backed away about 12-15 feet and started pulling weeds again. One of the Bee's than came over and stung me without provocation. Could this mean it could be Killer Bees?

Beekeeper:  All U.S. bees are africanized now which means you may come in contact with aggressive bees or docile ones. Because of your particular situation, that swarm was in search for a new home. They stay in that formation because they are protecting their Queen at all times throughout that search. Seems like you got just a little too close. They should go away in a few days.

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I have noticed within the last day or so, 50 to 75+ dead bees in my driveway. There is a large tree close by, but to the best of my knowledge, I can't see or hear any real activity in or around mine or my neighbor's house. Periodicaly, I can watch bees fall to the ground and die.

Beekeeper:  Shane, In this case, I'm not quite sure why you're seeing dead bees outside of your house. One reason a person may find dead bees lying on the ground is due to outside light at night. Are they dying right underneath a light fixture near or above the driveway? Reasons can vary for seeing dead bees outside of a house. You can find more information regarding dead bees outside of your home. Good luck, and if you need more help, call the Phoenix bee removal number (623) 505-1010

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