Honey bees buzzing around the roof line (eave, facial, freeze block), or a garage, wall, fence, jacuzzi or a similar structure, likely indicates a beehive exists. If the bees are not in a very noticeable area, it is likely they have been there a good while. Knowing what kind of bee it is can help. bee id chart | wasp id
In the U.S, from November through April honeybees are active, though not wasps.
To learn more about preventing a bees & wasps from moving in based on the location of the bee activity such as a chimney, roof, wall, visit the article on prevent a bee problem.
A beehive of about 3 months may have 20 to 40 pounds of honeycomb. During daytime bees keep the hive cool using their wings to circulate air through it. On a hot day in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, or California, when bees have been killed or extracted, and the honeycombs not removed, that honey can start melting very quickly. Honey will melt down the wall or roof line, permanently setting into the structure.
This often can cause staining or mildew and long term bee problems as well as attract rodents, moths and other insects, and other critters. If you’re wondering why you keep getting bees, that would the greatest cause. With recurring problems, it is simply best to remove and clean out the known hives that exist and do some extra work suppressing the smell of existing hives and optionally bee proof some potential problem areas like vents, roof line, wall, eaves to keep bees from returning. View testimonials of what others have said. Areas of the structure the sun rises on are more likely to get bees.
By getting rid of your honeybees and not removing the honey, a pest company can create even more problems without you knowing it! Exterminators often tell home owners that the chemical powder they use to kill bees will dry up the melting honey and solving your problem. Regrettably, a pest product designed to kill and keep bugs away does not hardly dry up 10 to 80 lbs. of honeycomb. However, it sounds much better than spending more money toward the problem.
Other pest companies provide you with a slip of paper releasing themselves from liability and recommending to find someone to remove the exterminated hive and repair the structure. Finding a contractor (with no bee removal experience) to open, remove, and repair a wall or roof, usually incurs high costs with no warrantee on returning bees. Here is a short list of reasons why you may not want to use a bee exterminator to kill bees.
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