Getting Rid Of Bees The Humane Way – Understanding The Process
Bees in the home often begin when an established bee colony in the wild divides and scouts are sent out to find a new location for the relocating swarm. Void areas in the house, such as an attic, wall, chimney, vent or the area under a window between the wall and the siding are often tempting areas for swarms to build their new bee hive. In such areas, bee pest control and honey bee removal become more challenging.
Bees often build their hive quite a way inward from the hole in which they have entered making locating and removing a bee hive from a home a little difficult sometimes. A simple do it yourself method for locating your bees is to gently tap on the wall, then use a glass against the wall to listen for a buzz in response – hold the glass with the closed end against the wall and the open end close to your ear. Another method is to run your hand over the wall to feel for a warm spot, if your air conditioning is on, the temperature where the hive is located is often warmer than the rest of the surrounding wall area.
News video of bee removal project in Edmond, OK *handled by the skillful Skunk Whisperer® team
Effective Honey Bee Removal
For bee hive removal to be effective, it is important to be thorough. Some bees, such as the Queen bee never leave the hive, simply poisoning the entrance area will kill some of the bees but others will remain to repopulate the nest. Before you know it, your pest control bees troubles will be starting all over again. To effectively remove bees you will need to remove the entire colony from your house, and clean up the mess left behind, not only for effective bee removal, but also to prevent the various hazards that can result from the abandoned nest. Bee hive wax combs can melt causing property damage and those located near the inside of a chimney can even become a fire hazard. Dripping honey can seep through walls, cause permanent stains and attract other insects or nuisance wildlife. A dead colony and the comb can attract thousands of ants, and animals such as raccoons, skunks and opossum can be attracted to the sweet smell too. A honey bee hive inside a house can contain as much as eighty pounds of honey. If an insecticide is used, the resulting dead bees can cause an odor and attract scavenging insects and other unwelcome pest control issues as well, not to mention leaving behind honey that is now tainted with poison. An abandoned hive can attract new bee populations.
The difficulty of bee nest removal from a house and the hazards of treating an established bee colony inside a home will vary from season to season. Early spring is the best time of year for bee hive removal because that is when honey production and the bees nest population is at their lowest. Regardless of the season, it is always best to leave the dangerous job of removing bees from a home to an experienced professional, an experienced professional such as the wildlife and pest control experts at Skunk Whisperer®, Inc. Below are photos of a nest found between a home’s walls by the Oklahoma City Skunk Whisperer.
Step by step look at the Skunk Whisperer’s humane bee removal process at a Norman, Oklahoma home
Our humane bee removal process includes relocating the bee hive without needless killing or poisoning.
Honey Bee Prevention
Like all wildlife, shelter is a key element of survival to the bee, therefore prevention begins with preventing access to such areas. As a matter of fact, bees can find shelter in just about any void area around your home including your attic or chimney, between walls, amongst debris, in nearby animal burrows, drain spouts, old tires, drain pipes, propane tank covers, tree holes, vents, even in your water meter box. Bees are tiny and need very little space to work their way into your home. Start by sealing up holes and caulking cracks everywhere around your home from your chimney down to your foundation. Next, make sure your vent and chimney openings are properly screened, that doors are tightly sealed, debris is cleaned up and all neighboring animal burrows are filled in. In general, keep your home in good repair and check often for signs of any developing colonies, particularly in the spring and fall when bees are most likely to swarm.