It’s spring, and you may become aware of bees around your house. Not necessarily in your house, but around the outside of it. You might see them buzzing around a small hole in the exterior of your home, and going in and out of it.
Even though bees are mostly a “leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone” critter, you still may want to get them away from your house. This can be tricky. Not only do the bees around your house need to be removed, but any honey they’ve made also. If the honey is left behind, it will attract other critters you don’t want to your house.
Spring and summer are the times bees start looking for a new place to make their home. The queen and sometimes thousands of workers take off and buzz around, trying to find their new place.
Sometimes their new place is your place.
A local beekeeper might be able to find the queen and remove the hive she’s started. It’s important for you to identify the kind of varmint we’re talking about here before you contact the beekeeper. Beekeepers don’t like to be called out to take care of honeybees when they turn out to be wasps.
Those bees around your house may be bumblebees. They are usually colored yellow and black with a fat, round, hairy body. Not typically aggressive, bumblebees nest in existing cavities. A hole in your siding that lets them into the spaces between joists in your house is just right. The queen gets busy laying eggs and the workers get busy bringing in nectar for her. Colonies of bumblebees are mostly small.
Carpenter bees also may be the kind of bees around your house. They look like bumblebees, but their abdomen is shiny, not hairy, and black. They will hover when they fly, and bumblebees won’t. Each carpenter bee will eat a tiny hole in wood, one hole per bee. These bees are solitary creatures. Once again, the female will lay eggs in a gallery she bores out.
Bees by themselves may not be harmful to your house. You have to decide whether to get them out or not. But the best bet in getting bees out of your house is to contact a professional.
To get rid of bees around your house the most efficient and safe way, your best bet is to contact a professional. Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24 hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife solutions for your home or business with a focus on customer service, mutual trust, and ongoing support and information. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing pests from your home. If he doesn’t remove bees, he can direct you to someone who can. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513.