Bees in the wall

Old 08-02-13, 04:12 PM
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Bees in the wall

Hi, we just found a ton of honey bees in our bathroom. We found their entry point outside where the brick and the siding meet. Is this a DIY thing, that we can kill them ourselves, or we do we need to call the professional pest control people?
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Old 08-02-13, 04:55 PM
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Actually bees are somewhat endangered and there are often local bee people who will come and capture them for you. It shouldn't take very many phone calls to find out if that is an option. You are also in the area where killer bees may be a possibility, so don't get them mad.

Try the live solution first, then once they are removed you will need to deal with what they have left behind, possibly lots of sticky honey.

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About 40 yrs or so ago there was an article in a fla paper about a family that thought they had an electrical problem. Over the yrs several different electricians were unable to find the cause of the buzzing in the bed rm wall. It was until the honey started oozing out that they realized what was going on. If I remember correctly, a bee keeper came and removed the hives and honey for free but the home owners were responsible for reinstalling the siding that was removed.
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Hi Suzynurse; just back from vacation.

Bees, wasps, hornets, etc are very susceptible to all the insecticides, but the hard part can be getting it into the nesting area. Sometimes thats easy; sometimes not.

The other and maybe bigger problem with honeybees is their nesting, material, honey and honey comb(s). When the colony is killed, that organic material will decompose quickly as the bees tend it and keep it cool while alive. It will stain and emit foul odors. The wall needs to be opened up and thoroughly cleaned out.

Hopefully they just moved in as you discovered them. In that case then no organic material will exist so kiling the colony should suffice.

Beekeepers can advise you as well. Being in Texas you guys may have bees and bee behaviors that Iím not familiar with.

Keep us posted with what you did and the results.
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Please don't kill the bees!

I am an amateur beekeeper. Honeybees are critically important to our food supply but have been dying off at alarming rates in recent years. The cover story on the August 19 issue of Time magazine, "A World Without Bees, The price we'll pay if we don't figure out what's killing the honeybee", is a good summary of their importance and the problem.

I recommend that you try to contact amateur or commercial beekeepers in your area. Google it or try a listing on Craigslist. Because so many bees are dying, often these folks will remove the bees at no cost to you, simply because they are happy to add the bees to hives.
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PART 1 "Directly to the point"

I am sorry to say the only 100% effective method is to hire a professional bee exterminating company. It is most important to realize with your spraying you are killing only a few bees. The exterminator will locate the hive(s), kill all the bees then clean out dead bees, hive(s), honey and other mess. Believe me when I tell you that I tried every tactic you have mentioned before seeking pro help. In the end, exterminating the bess and having it all cleaned up was THE only answer. If the dead bees, hive, honey and so forth stays in your wall over time it will ferment, rot and become a feasting place for multitudes of terrible bugs and insects. I speak from first hand experience.

PART 2 "Our Bee Armageddon"

Over four years time we welcomed honey bees to a place under our siding. We thought it was the right thing but this year disaster struck. *We initially called in a Honey bee beekeeper to retrieve the queen and so forth. Minutes into his task he discovered Africanized bees were mixed in with the docile European bees. He immediately quit and told me to contact a bee extrmination firm. Long story short, the few bees we saw turned out to be 50,000 bees that were living year round in between the floors of our two story home. We hired this specialty company to rid us of the bees and clean up the 90 lbs of poisoned hive and honey. Aside from the bee mess we had to replace a section of the siding, insulation and so forth.

Good Luck

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