Though Bees are a necessary force of nature [ they help with pollination ], they can also be very intimidating. They can become a nuisance and create havoc when they decide to invade your home. A swarm of unwanted bees in your home poses a huge risk to your family and neighbor.
The best way to remedy the growing problem of bees and wasps invading is to take preventive measures. In this article, I will walk you through on how to keep bees from nesting in your home. But first, it is helpful to know where bees usually build a beehive and how they gain access to that area.
- They prefer dark and protected areas like wall voids or chimneys.
- Any living space exposed to the outside is at risk for bee infestations.
- They gain access to the wall voids through baseboards, electrical outlets, and cracks in walls.
- They have a massive preference for sites that have previously had bees.
With the information provided above, you should now have an idea of what to do. But don’t worry, as I have promised, I will walk you through on how to prevent the bee invasion. The following are some precautions you can take to prevent bees from nesting under and around your shed.
SEAL ALL POSSIBLE ENTRANCE
Bees can enter any structure or object with a hole that is a quarter of an inch or larger. Bumblebees nest in holes in the ground. Carpenter bees look for weathered and rotting wood to bore into.
A common bee-prevention technique is to seal all potential bee entries with durable materials (metal screen for example). Keep your shed well-painted and sealed, coat the untreated or unfinished wood with oil-based paint or polyurethane. You can also put a screen around it to prevent carpenter bees from entering. Seal up rodent holes and other burrows around your shed to keep Bumblebees from nesting under the shed.
DETER THE SCOUTS
The most effective way to keep bees from nesting in your home is to pay attention to bee activity. Be vigilant, scout bees can be seen buzzing around the area before the invasion. Scout bees are a small group of bees who “scouts” an area before they move in, to see if it is a suitable living area.
If scout bees are to be seen lingering around your home, take quick action to discourage the scouts from returning with tens of thousands of their fellow bees. Scout bees typically scout out an area for about three days before moving the larger swarm in permanently, and that means you have enough time To deter them. Place deterrents around the areas where the bees are seen frequently. The Unpleasant odor coming from a deterrent, mothball for example, can help convince them that the area is not suitable for living. Smoke and incense are often used to remove bees from their hives so it could as well be used to deter the scout bees.
REDUCE OUTDOOR CLUTTER
Reducing or totally removing outdoor clutter can also prevent the bees from nesting in your yard. ‘Cause Just like us, humans, Bees have also been known to improvise when it comes to finding the perfect place for their hive. They can build a hive in an unused appliance or lawn equipment found in yards as long as it provides sufficient shelter for a hive to thrive.
MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO HONEYCOMB LEFT
If your home has previously had problems with honey bees, make sure to clean out old nests and that the honeycomb has been removed completely. The smell left on honeycomb can attract other bees. If you have bees that are removed it is very important to have that area properly bee proofed to prevent the bees from coming back or attract other bees.
ELIMINATE THE THINGS THAT ATTRACT THEM
It’s also important to eliminate the things that attract them. Wasps and bees alike are attracted to your trash especially those sweet things (for the honeybees). Always thoroughly clean up any spilled sugary drink, such as soda or lemonade. Sweet food sources, which include rotten or overripe fruits, can also attract bees to gardens, where they may be encouraged to nest. Keep all garbage, recycling, and compost bins sealed tight to prevent them from nesting in or around your bins.
Performing regular upkeep and repairs on your shed are very important. Look for openings, holes or damage to the shed and have them repaired immediately to avoid bees from nesting in your home.
Eliminate nests immediately if you find them. Consult a pest control specialist for the best advice on how to handle your problem safely.
If you want to stay bee-free during the bee season, consider a bee-proofing and a scout bee treatment when bees are first buzzing your building. And if you are currently having problems with bees and wasp, reach to us and we will help you. We offer bee services and wasp nest removal in Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Calabasas, Simi Valley, Mission Hills, Chatsworth, Sunland, San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Valencia/Canyon Country, and Palmdale/Lancaster. You can contact us via phone call (877) 760-2280 or you may email us at email@example.com.
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