Good question. Way back in the day beekeepers used to line up to collect your bees, however in the 1980's & 90's, there were two harsh changes that caused many beekeepers to abandon beekeeping and thus stop collecting stray hives.
In the 80's diseases that were never around before began plaguing and killing the common honeybee. Additionaly in the lower US, bees have become more aggressive due to the spread of africanized honeybees, (AHB) which crossed over from South America creating in the process a hybrid honeybee now stretching from Southern California to Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and several other states - see honey bee removal AHB map. For these two reasons, it has traditionally been much harder to find a beekeeper that will remove your bees for free. Bees in the structure of home or building can also be very difficult to remove.
Often a phone call will come in with a home owner saying, "I have bees inside my house and up aginst the window" or "I came home and found dead bees near my window?"
In both cases the bees in question are either scouting your home, determining if it's a place they want to move the swarm in to set up shop, or they already have moved in. In either case if it is new and they are honeybees it's important to call a specialist immediately, preferably an honest one.
Many people leave it alone hoping they may go away, or they try spraying them, then when the bees disappear in the evening and the home owner doesn't see them before going to work in the morning. They may think the bees are gone. It's likely the bees simply went to sleep for the night and haven't started working yet in the morning. Learn more, about bees against the window or in the house, and how they're getting in.
Bees typically fly up to two miles away, sometimes even further, to gather nectar and pollen. The amount of shrubbery should likley have nothing to do with a hive moving onto the property.Bee Questions - Top ↑
You probably have bad luck :). Actually, it is likely that the house or structure has a history of bee problems from someone extracting or killing the bees, and leaving the honeycomb in the wall, roof, chimney or other part of the structure.
Typically, a house will get bees about every 30 to 40 years, but if honeycomb from a hive is left in the walls, roof, or other structural void bees come back very frequently. One home owner that was referred to me began getting 5 hives a year. At that point, the best plan of action was to bee proof+ the majority of the house which is not the normal solution. Removing the beehive and honeycomb is an important step of the process. When bee-proofing a house, the sides to focus on are mostly those the sun rises toward. Visit our how to get rid of bees page for more self help on a specific area of where the bees are including chimney, owl box, basement and bees in wall.
Honeybees are somewhat random in their selection of where to start a hive, though there are some things we know. Prior hives left in walls will attract bees frequently. Eves, wall voids, and chimneys are the most common locations in a structure that bees will exploit. They only need one small hole or gap to get in!
Hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and bumble bees are unlike honeybees in that they are all overwintering critters - see wasp id chart. For the survival of their species, the queens must leave the nest and find a safe place to overwinter. In spring time these wasps and bumble bees are said to commonly return to the same or a nearby area.
It may work if the hive has not moved in already. This is a typical remedy applied by homeowners, along with using cans of wasp spay. If the hive has already moved in and the bees get sealed in, bee activity may dissipates for a few days, but nearly always reappears as the bees dig through the wall or void and resume their activity.
Occasionally the sealed up bees end up on the inside of the house. Trapped bees can survive for months before they deplete their honey reserves. If it were possible, to seal the bees in, normally the honey will begin to run down the structure, the smell can to attract rodents, bugs, and bees in the future. To solve the problem bee hive removal services nay be helpful, this means opening the area and removing the honey and the bees and the beeswax, as well as cleaning it. Learn more about bees in the wall attic, roof, or eave.
The "killer bees" from old media was a largely over hyped, however bees should be respected as a part of nature, in fact all bees should be respected especially when they have a home nearby. Africanized bees look the same as European honeybees. There have been many fatalities from bees aggressively defending their home. In most cases, messing with the bees in hopes of making them go away will cause more problems than you started with. Generally, the bees attached to your house or on your property are docile unless they feel threatened. Stop by africanized honey bees to learn more on the migration of hybrid honeybees in the US.Bee Questions - Top ↑
Good question. A new swarm of bees or bees building a hive, are not likely to sting. This is because they're busy building their hive, and don't have much honey or young to protect. Often people tell me, "The bees have always been friendly, but they've become very aggressive lately." The common reson for that is the hive has become more established and now they are protecting it. After summer bees can be more aggressive as they are also protecting the honey they'll need to make it though the winter. Bees have a friendly nature, does not mean they will stay friendly.
The longer a beehive is left to themselves, the more they can become protective of their home. Honeybees in winter season and prior to spring, may behave more aggressively during this time of the year as most of the flowers and nectar sources are gone and they are protecting their means of survival tell spring. It has been said that hot weather can slightly have affect.Questions - Ask the Bee Man Bee Questions - Top ↑
If you have recurring honeybee problems each year there may be several reasons why, the most common answer to the bee question is the bees are being attracted back by the smell from a past hive that was not removed effectively or not removed at all. This could be in a chimney were a fire was lit and the honey has melted into the brick, or a bee hive that was killed on the side of the house or roof. Learn more about preventing future bee infestations and how to keep bees away here.
A killer bee sting has the same amount of bee toxin that a honeybee has, because they are honeybees. European and africanized honeybees are equally painful and produce the same results; when stinging the ridged stinger tends to get caught in the skin dislodging and causing the bee to die shortly thereafter.
Wasps and bumblebees don't lose their stinger but may sting multiple times. Stings can be painful. When stung by a bee it is best to remove the stinger asap. If not removed and the small muscle is still attached to the stinger may plus for up to a minute which can increase the amount of swelling. Hybrid bees or africanized bees attack in greater numbers when they feel threatened or if their hive is disturbed. These bees also stay angry for much longer, but as to the question their stings are equal to a regular european honeybee.Bee Questions - Top ↑
If stung by a honeybee, the barbed stinger typically gets stuck in the skin as the bee pulls away, dislodging it from the bee. The small muscle on the end of the dislodged stinger will continue to pump through the hollow needle-like stinger for up to one minute. The sooner the stinger is removed, the less swelling will occur.
Remove the stinger as soon as possible. When a child is stung, it hurts and they are scared. It can help to wash the area and apply something on it to absorb out moisture and if possible a bit the toxin. Some people apply a bit of baking soda mixed with a touch or water or a bit of mud. Perhaps the most important thing is that the child has confidence that he or she will be okay. A good remedy is to stay calm, be reassuring, and perhaps include a dose of TLC.
Studies have found that 15% to 20% of people who when asked, will say they're allergic to stings, yet medical evaluations find it's actually only about 1%. If you feel your child is allergic, seek immediate medical advice or attention.
Many people may go there entire life without having to deal with a beehive. Because it's not common to get bees, the question of what is the right solution can be a challenge and a learning experience. It's always nice if you can have someone you know refer you to a bee company, if that is not possible, you're in right place here doing some research.
Some bee companies use scare tactics or try to intimidate or manipulate you into using their service. These companies may overcharge you and provide poor service. Calling a few companies, leaving messages, or request a callback can also help. Here is some additional info if the bees are in the structure and cost is a concern.Bee Questions - Top ↑
Hi, Sorry, hidden hive can't supply pictures. I have a 1 story house with a low pitched roof and for the past 2 weeks have seen honey bees inside my stove vent/light. The other day I cleaned up 6-8 dead bees from inside the lighted vent, today I started cooking lunch and saw 2 more live bees in it. Not sure what to do, was advised to burn sulfur fumes when the vent fan is running to kill any bees by a bee control person in a web forum. My husband wants to "save money and cap off and remove the entire vent pipe from stove to roof to avoid later bees coming back". I advised him that might be a bad idea since hes not a bee person. Since I doubt we can afford professional removal (please supply quotes so I can consider it still), is there anything I can boil or smoke up the stove vent fan to try to encourage them to move a possible hive? Boiling wine fumes maybe? I really don't want to kill the bees or make my cooking area toxic. Thanks, VaL
Beekeeper: Dear Val,
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