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▪  Scouting bees (new bee activity)
▪  Observing
▪  Established hive
▪  Do it yourself
▪  Inspecting
▪  Wasps

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▪  Wasp id chart

Scouting bees
When bees are in the house up against the window it is common to think that bees came in through an open window or door. What has more likely happened is a bee Colony has moved in, or scout bees are looking to set up a new home. While inspecting the structure of a building or house, bees can get lost and end up inside the house.

Common areas that bees and wasps build nests include the chimney or the side of the chimney, vents, roof eaves, siding, and column supports. If a beehive has already moved into the structure of a building or house, bee activity in the house can also occur. While wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket activity is more common during autumn and winter season late in the year.

Bees on a window
Dead bees on a window sill

Bees getting in the house can cause home owners to panic and pay high prices to have emergency bee removal or bee extermination. No one wants bees in the house, and addressing the issue very soon, can be very important. Within one to three days, a brand new hive may have two or three sheets of honeycomb inside the structure each about the size of your hand. Honeycomb left in the structure can attract bees in the future if not removed and cleaned. It may not be a bad thing to find bees in the house, as it allows you to be aware of the problem. Typically bees in the house are fully non-aggressive, though stings may happen by accident, such as stepping on a bee.

If you can tell where the bees are coming and going from outside, or if they are high up and you have a pair of binoculars, observe the hive to see whether there is yellow pollen sacs on the back of the bees legs of the bees that are returning. If there is pollen on their legs, there is very likely a hive in the structure. The entrance of more established hives tends to be a darker shade from the bees landing repeatedly to enter the hive. Removing the bees and the honeycomb are the likely solution to solve a bee problem when they have moved in or are established. Mostly this can be done live relocating the bees without extermination.

If you do not have binoculars, a brave person that is comfortable with bees and perhaps not worried about getting stung can get close enough to the bees and observe the returning bees. If the returning bees have yellow sacs on the back of their legs, most experts would tell you to not try to solve the problem yourself, there is likely a hive inside the structure with thousands of bees that you’ll want to have removed.To learn more visit preventing a bee problem.

Established hive
If bees have been getting inside the house for quite some time, or if you have come home from vacation to find dead bees up against your windowsill, you most likely have a hive that has already moved in and should be removed. If you inspect along the eaves of your house, near wherever you think the bees may have entered, often the chimney bathroom vent, or the eave. If the activity is simply scout bees looking for a home (and appear to bee floating around a general vicinity as if inspecting or searching) a brave person may spray a small amount of pest spray. If after 15 minutes the activity continues, it is likely that there is an established hive or nest. In such a case were a beehive is established, it seldom if ever does you any good to try and discourage them by spraying water, wasp spray, lighting a fire, or any other method - this will typically aggravate the beehive and cause additional problems.

Do it yourself
Often a home owner will spray the bees (as mentioned in the help above) to eradicate or solve the bee problem themselves. Then in the evening, when the activity stops the home owner feels successful and believes they may have solved their problem, however the bees had simply retired for the evening. In the early morning, bees are often still sleeping or dormant. This can lead people to think the problem is solved. Learn more about do it yourself bee removal (DIY) and materials needed, cautions, and price options.

Best times to inspect for bee activity is day time from perhaps 10am to 4pm. Rain, extreme heat, or windy conditions can also keep the bees inside.

Sealing off the opening of the void to the bees entrance almost never works and may create additional long-term problems; causing the bees dig through the stucco, wood, or drywall and end up back outside, or often inside the house. In warm conditions, this also may cause honey to melt on structure, melted honey leads to additional problems with recurring bees, pests, possible staining and damages.

For questions use the comment form below, call the bee hotline to chat with a local nearby bee guy, or request a quote.

Wasps - in autumn and fall season hornets, wasps, and occasionally yellowjackets can end up inside the house. Late in season nest are at their largest, this can cause more of them to get inside the house by accident. There are some things to be careful of; large hornet nest above the ceiling can cause a wet spot to appear perhaps the size of a plate. This can become so deteriorated that pushing your finger up against it can pop right through to the hornet nest.

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