How to Get rid of Bees

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Preventive Topics

Identify the bee type
Best times to inspect
Prevent bee nest from:
●   Tree or bushes
●  House /Building
●   Chimney
●   Porch/Patio
●   Water Source
Other helps:
●   Trapping bees in structure
●   Prevent recurring bee problems
●   Options to remove a bee nest yourself

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Identify the bee type
Understanding the bee-type can help with preventing a bee problem or determining what to do.  Though the topics below are specific to honeybees, this info can be applied to wasps & hornets except where noted.  Visit the bee id chart for bee identification.  Note: All bees & wasps retire or sleep during the evening.

Best times to inspect
Best time of day to inspect is 10am to 5pm daylight hrs, not early morning & late evening.  Other less effective times to inspect are with rain, extreme wind, or unusual heat.

Preventing bee hives from tree or bushes
A new swarm of honeybees on a tree or bush may pick up and leave the same day or within a few days.  The swarm is typically the size of a football or basketball and non-aggressive.  Messing with them can confuse them and cause the bees to stay longer.  As for wasps & hornets, the nests are always established, Unlike honeybees, wasps & hornets abandon the nests during winter commonly returning the next spring.

A new swarm of honeybees on a tree or bush may leave that day or within a few days.  The swarm is typically the size of a football or basketball and non-aggressive.  Messing with the bees can confuse them and cause the them to stay longer.  As for wasps & hornets, the nests are always established.  Unlike honeybees, wasps & hornets abandon the nests during winter and return the next spring.

Loud bee buzzing on a tree or bushes, is common in the autumn /fall season.  This is accompanied by bees uniformly buzzing all around the tree or bushes.  Typically no hive will exist.  The buzzing sound can be intimidating, though these bees are non-aggressive as there is no home to protect.  Within the month the bee activity should subside.  Visit the full article bees buzzing on shrubbery to learn more.

Prevent bees from getting in House or Building
This section is specific to honeybees.  It can be very helpful to prevent a bee swarm from moving into the structure. 

Unlike wasps & hornets, honeybees start each new hive with thousands of bees.  If you recently noticed a handful of bee activity on the house or near a structure, one of these two possibilities exist:
   ●    A beehive has moved in,
   ●    or you have honeybees that are scouting.

You can tell if bees have already moved in:
      -  Any bees entering with yellow pollen pic attached to the back of their legs -- the hive has already moved in.
      -  A light stain on the structure may exist from were the bees repeatedly land and enter.
      -  Bees are aggressive or protective of the location.
                Note:  friendly bees does not mean no hive exists.

For help with removal, call the bee removal hotline or request a Request a callback
For self-help with bees that are moved into the structure, jump to the section options to removing the bees.

Scout bees have not yet moved in:
If the above conditions are confirmed incorrect; none of them are apparent, then preventing bees from moving into the structure can save lots of time & money.  To prevent a potential bee problem, apply wasp or hornet spray were the bees are inspecting. 
Within a very short time scout bee activity will stop.  Note: try not to spray the bees, thus they can return to the hive and instruct on finding a new location.  Take care if the hive is established, spraying can anger the bees if a nest exists. If the bees become angry, a hive is likely within the structure.

Re-inspect the area anytime that same day or the next day, see best times to inspect.  Continual persistent bee activity would indicate the hive was already moved in.  Most times that is the case.  Trying to trap the bees in structure can create more problems and you can end up with bees in the house. 

While visiting at my moms house, in the backyard i happened to look up at the roof eave and noticed a small amount of honeybee activity, surprisingly the bees had not moved in.  After spraying the area with a hose and a little insect spray the activity diminished. 

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Prevent bees from moving in Chimney
Bee activity at the top of a chimney is commonly accompanied with a small amount of bees getting in the house and on the window.  This is actually helpful, and if acting quickly you may be able to stop the bees from moving all together. Avoid lighting a fire to make the bees go away, if the hive is established the honey can run down the sides of the chimney or flu creating long term ongoing bee problems.  If many bees are getting inside your house consider temporarily sealing the fireplace.

To prevent bees from moving into the chimney or to tell if the bee nest has moved in, read the section above prevent bees from moving into house.  If after reading that, you discover the bees have already moved into the chimney, read the full article on how to get rid of bees in chimney based on the type of chimney or call the bee removal hotline.

Preventing bees on Porch or Patio area
Bees that are buzzing around a porch or patio during the day time, indicates a beehive is nearby.  A porch or patio with dead bees do not mean a hive is present.  Porch or patio lights with timers that turn on early in the morning or late in the evening can confuse & attract bees when within the bees flight path.  Lights that are on a timer can be adjusted to prevent the problem.

If that is not the case, read the section above prevent bees from moving into house can help with preventing a bee problem.

Preventing bees at Water Source
During the day time you may experience honeybees at a water source or were water run off exists.  These areas can also include: a water faucet, pool, pond, drinking or soda fountain, and hummingbird feeders.  Typically no hive will exist, the bees are simply hydrating.  These bees are non-aggressive and not protective of the area.  After the hot season with limited water sources, the bee activity typically subsides. Visit bees at water source for more in depth reading.

Trapping bees in structure
Regarding honeybees, established hives have many thousands of bees. Trapping the bees in the structure commonly will cause the bees to dig back out and can also end up digging inside the house!  That is true for all types of bees.  Though trapping honeybees in a structure can cause honey to melt while the bees are digging out.  Melted honey can cause structural staining.  Read the topic above preventing bees from moving into house for helpful info on preventing a bee problem or removing bee nest. 

Prevent a recurring bee problem
Preventing recurring honeybee problems typically requires opening the structure and removing the bee hive.  Consider also removing any beehives that have been left in the structure.  After the hive is removed, treating the area with a oder sealer /paint to suppress the sent, and sealing gaps & cracks is important.  Structures facing the sunrise are more common to get a beehive. The sun warms the nest in the morning after a long night. 

Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets abandon their nests at winter, then return at spring to the nearby area to rebuild.  They start the spring as a single individual queen, unlike honeybees that live year round.  Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are considered a natural form of pest control to gardens and crops. 

The amount of water, flowers and or shrubbery on the property does not increase the chances of a beehive moving on to the property.  Not removing honeycomb and the hive is the main reason bees return to a structure.

Options to remove a bee nest yourself
You have the option to poison the bees, though it is seldom is successful as with thousands of bees, and more hatching daily.  Commonly when the bees are inside a structure, handling it yourself can makes the problem worse.  Additionally with honeybees, unless the hive is removed, it creates more problems from rodents, pests, and future bee problems.

Removing a beehive within a structure yourself is very challenging, it requires protective equipment, supplies, and carpentry tools.  It is common for bees to return after the removal.  Having funds available to remove the hive is a good first choice, your welcome to call the bee removal hotline, or request a Request a callback

If you are low on funds, other options may exist regarding free bee removal without repair or warrantee.  That should be a better choice vs.  do it yourself bee removal of a live beehive. 

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