Bees are increasingly becoming a problem in most states in the US. While bees can benefit the environment in many ways, like for pollination and for ecosystem balance and health, it is inconvenient and possibly dangerous to let a beehive thrive near your home. It’s understandable that you will want to remove bees that have invaded your home. Here are the steps to take when faced with bee problems.

A. LOCATE THE BEEHIVE

When you spot one or two bees buzzing around your house, there’s a high possibility that there is a beehive nearby or they’re building one. Locate the beehive but don’t destroy it.

How Did I Get Bees?

Bees sometimes make their way into homes while looking for a place to nest. They prefer dark and protected areas, so wall voids or chimneys are the perfect spots for them to build a beehive. 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.

B. IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF BEE

It is important to properly identify which type of bee you are dealing with. Bees seen around a home are most often carpenter, bumble or honeybees. People often mistake the carpenter bee for the bumblebee, as they are similar in appearance. Depending on what species of bee you have, the method for removing them may not be the same as how to get rid of other bees.

Here are some clues about the bees’ appearance and nesting to help you identify the species.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees are often confused with bumble bees, as they are both black and yellow and are one-half of an inch to 1 inch in length except that Carpenter Bees’ abdomens are shiny and smooth. These bees also have a black dot on the top of their thorax.

They are frequently seen buzzing around unpainted buildings and board, in parks, woods, and fields, as well as around homes with gardens. They are solitary bees and are not as social compared to other species like the honey-bee.

Bumble Bees

Social bee species like bumble bees are organized by a caste system (The queen bee runs the hive.) Bumblebees physically resemble carpenter bees, except that bumblebees have hairy abdomens. They nest underground or in cavities, such as in abandoned rat burrows, in deserted rodent nests, compost piles, or underneath raised outdoor structures like sheds or porches.

Honey Bees

Honey bees are also black and yellow but are much smaller than the carpenter or bumble bees. Their bodies are covered with light-colored hair.

They often nest in hollow spaces, such as tree trunks, logs, and fence posts. They can be sometimes found in roofs, attics, and wall cavities if there is access from the outside. Honey bees are not particularly aggressive except when the nest is disturbed.

If you can’t figure out what type of bee it is, don’t beat yourself up about it. Contact pest-control company specializing in bees and report it so they can arrange for an inspection and they identify them for you.

C. SEEK HELP FROM A PROFESSIONAL

IS IT HONEYBEE?

If YES, Call a Beekeeper first.
A beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees for profitable purposes, such as pollination, beeswax or honey. There are also professional pest control companies that give this service. They can help remove the bees without killing them, remember that they play a major role in the environment by promoting pollination and that honeybees.

How To Get Rid of Bees?

Dealing with a single bee might be an easy task, but removing a whole colony is a different story. It can be a very complicated and potentially dangerous process. But the only way to rid a home of bees is to remove the hive entirely. For safety and efficiency purposes, you should arrange for a professional to deal with the problem.

SHOULD I DO IT MYSELF?

DON’T!
Dealing with bees can be dangerous. It requires expertise and equipment to perform the operation correctly.  In many regions, special licenses are required to exterminate or remove the bees.
This job needs protective clothing, smoke, pesticides, or other means of extraction for the bees themselves, plus using the second hive to extract honey from the left-behind nest to avoid from attracting new bees. An appropriate container is also needed to remove honey bees away from the area, and hopefully to a new location where they can live normally.

CONSIDERATIONS

  • If the bees are only seen outside, consider leaving them alone unless someone is allergic to bees or interrupt your daily living.
  • Killing them is not necessary. Professional beehive removers can help you remove the bees without killing them.

There are plenty more methods that can help you remove honey bees safely. Bee removal shouldn’t be a solo endeavor — call us at (877) 760-2280 or email us at info@budgetbeeservices.com if you have questions.

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