Bees, Bats and Beyond
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Honeybee removal from horse barn wall. Click on images to enlarge
Honeybee Removal Between Chimney & Exterior Wall:
Honeybees infested the wall directly behind the chimney of a home. After opening up the exterior wall it was discovered that a section of one of the wall studs had some dry rot. The damage to the stud was caused not by the bees but by water entering through a small hole on the exterior siding. The bees took advantage of the access hole and used it as an entry point to their new home. After they took residence inside the wall they actually propolised the damaged stud by coating it with propolis thus protecting it from the elements. Propolis is a sticky, resinous mix that honeybees collect from tree buds, sap and other plants.
Honeybee Removal From Apartment Ceiling
Gable Honeybee Removal
After all bees and nest were removed the fascia was replaced to its original location.
Not only were the bees and nest removed but the attic received a partial cleaning as a result.
Failed attempt by home owner at a honeybee removal from a second floor bedroom.
A honeybee infestation inside a home or yard structure can sometimes be pretty challenging to a home owner. Although the bees could have been living in the area for many years the home owner perhaps was not aware of the situation until he or she got stung by a bee while unknowingly interfering in their activities.
Perhaps the owner noticed a swarm of bees gathering on one of the trees or bushes in the yard and now is concerned that the bees might become a problem once established.
Here in Massachusetts most honeybees are usually not aggressive especially while swarming. The home owners problem arises once the bees have entered a structure and begin comb production. The longer the time honeybees are allowed to establish a nest inside a structure, the larger and stronger the colony will become. Once established, a honeybee colony could contain 10,000 or more bees depending on the size of the nesting cavity. Getting rid of a honeybee colony is not an easy matter. As a matter of fact, in order to remove honeybees from a structure one requires to have the right equipment and the knowledge of the honeybee life cycle.
For the home owner who decides to take matters into his or her own hands, an attempt to exterminate the nest could create a dangerous situation. Going to the local hardware store to purchase several cans of insect poison is not going to remedy the situation. When dealing with THOUSANDS of bees in a well established hive MANY cans of insect spray will be wasted. Spraying the hive will agitate the bees and create an army of stinging bees. Also, when spraying the main entrance of a honeybee hive, the bees will start searching for an alternate escape route which could possibly be the interior of your bedroom or living room space. Bees WILL FIND their way out through your ceiling fan, AC unit, electrical outlets, heat system pipes, etc.
Another important point to keep in mind if thinking to do a bee removal is that by just killing the bees you can create other future problems. A healthy and active bee colony contains bees that maintain and protect the hive from intruders. Honeybees also maintain a controlled temperature within the hive. If you were successful at killing all of the bees in the hive and then decide to plug up the main entrance hole you have just created a safe haven for wax moths, rodents and other insects. All that wax, brood, honey, pollen and dead bees have just become a Smorgasbord for all these unwelcomed pests.
A honeybee removal from a 2 nd. floor soffit. Vacuuming the bees through a special "bee-vac" is the most productive way to remove them. The honeybees are saved and the vacuum does a much more thorough job.
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