It's no secret that bees are an important part of the ecosystem as a necessary and industrious pollinator of flowers and food crops. Yet the pain of their sting is also no secret, so most people prefer to admire the hard work of a honey bee from a distance. The problem is when a hive decides to take up residence inside the walls of your home. The following can help you prevent this and give guidance on what to do if it does occur.
Honey bees can swarm any time from spring through fall, but it is more likely to occur late spring and early summer. A swarm occurs when a queen decides to leave the hive, which could be because of a variety of reasons. She flies a short distance from the hive and lands, and then she is surrounded by worker bees. Scouts fly out searching for a new hive. If you find a swarm on your property, contact an area beekeeper or bee removal company as soon as possible. Swarms tend to only last for a few hours, but it is an easy time to collect and remove the bees since they have not yet retreated into a hive.
Make your home unattractive
You won't notice every swarm, so it's also important to make your walls an attractive hive location. First and foremost, if you have ever had bees take up residence before, you are more likely to get them again. This is because the odor of old honeycomb in the wall can attract them to the location. After any bee removal, make sure the wall and old nest is fully sealed up so bees can't get back in.
Even if you haven't had bees in the past, it's still important to make sure your walls are sealed up. Look for any hole or cracks that is wider than a pencil eraser. Seal these up with caulk or even tape. If bees can't get into your wall, they can't nest in the wall. Occasionally bees may build an exposed hive on the wall or under the eaves, but these are much easier to remove than those inside the walls.
Know your removal options
It can be difficult to remove bees from inside a wall without killing them. If bees aren't coming into your home, no one is allergic, and the exit from the nest is above head level so you rarely encounter the bees, then you may opt to leave them alone until winter. In winter, there are less bees in the nest since many die before the cold sets in. The hive is also less active. Often, a new colony won't survive winter, so you can simply seal up the hole in late spring if there is no further bee activity.
For living removal, a beekeeper or bee removal company will have to dismantle the wall from the outside in late winter. This will expose the hive so they can carefully cut away and collect some of the comb while also removing all the bees. The wall is put back together and then the hole is sealed. There are also traps that can sometimes be used, but this method is time consuming and make take weeks or even months to complete.
The final option is to call in a bee removal company to destroy the bees. It will take multiple treatments to kill all the bees, since sprays mainly kill only adult bees so young bees will be hatching for several weeks. Contact a bee removal company for more help and advice.
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