What to Do About Bees in or Near Your Home

Swarm of bees

Even though we’re all glad that bees pollinate important crops, they can be hazardous to your family if they live in or near your home. Some only sting when threatened, but some types can sting over and over and they can attract other pests.

It’s possible to put out traps for bees, but that only removes some of the bees, not the source. The best way to deal with an infestation is to contact a professional pest control team. They have safety equipment to protect them from stings and they know the latest methods and materials for relocating the bee colony and preventing their return.

What Not to Do With Bees

Many common ideas about how to remove bees from your property and home don’t really deal with the problem—and can be dangerous. Don’t bother putting out bee traps, because they won’t get rid of the hive. Sealing up the entrance to their colony won’t work, because they’ll find another way out. Vacuuming out a hive or covering it in a tarp can just anger them, putting you in danger.

Keep children and pets away from them, and wear protective gear if you do decide to get near them yourself. Walk softly near a hive, approach it during the night, and don’t use bright lights.

Why Bees Might Have Invaded Your Space

Bees are attracted to sweet foods, such as fruit, juice, soft drinks, and ice cream. Your property might be attracting them. If you leave these foods out in the open, have open food containers, or if your trash cans haven’t been cleaned recently, it can attract unwanted bees.

If bees have actually entered your home, it may have been to find a dark, secure area to nest, such as a hollow wall, an attic, or a chimney. Once they’re inside, it’s important to bring in a professional, because different species require different removal methods—and may even require a license. A professional will completely get rid of the beehive, instead of just killing individual bees.

Preventing Bees From Returning

Carpenter bees burrow in wood, so you might need to paint and treat the wood on your property to deter them. Some bees also build nests in rodent holes, under compost piles, under sheds, in birdhouses, in hollow logs and fence posts, and in trees. So, another method for preventing their return is to carefully clean your yard of compost and debris, cautiously checking places where nests could be hiding.

If you need bee removal in Charlotte, NC or bee removal in Raleigh, NC, contact Sage Pest Control. We have both QualityPro and GreenPro certifications, meeting the highest standards in North America for pest control, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, and employee education.

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