If you have honey bee problems call a honey bee swarm removal expert, probably a beekeeper, as soon as possible. Get some advice as soon as possible so that you know what your options are.
People often tell me they "waited to see whether the bees would go away". If a swarm decides to build a bee hive inside your wall or roof, they’ve chosen that location and are unlikely to just move on. The longer they stay there, the more difficult and expensive it’s going to get.
If you’re not sure whether you have honey bees, or if you think they might be a type of wasp, click here.
Whatever you do, DO NOT try spraying them with a can of wasp killer, a water hose or anything else! This is obviously bad for the bees, and potentially disastrous. I don’t encounter "Africanized honey bees" very often, but they do exist in many parts of the US. If you live in the North San Diego area go to San Diego Bees.To find an expert in other parts of the United States go to the Bee Hive Removal page. Anywhere else search for ‘local bee removal’ or ‘beekeepers’.
A couple of years ago someone called me, by satellite phone, from his yacht a mile or so off the coast of Bermuda. He had a swarm of honey bees hanging from a handrail at the stern. I thought they might find a more inconvenient location somewhere onboard in a locker or cabin so we came to the conclusion the swarm would have to go. He suggested spraying them with gasoline might do the trick. The idea of spraying gasoline around on a boat did not seem a very sensible thing to do, just very dangerous, a single spark might cause an explosion. I was able to give him a less drastic alternative and he emailed me later to say my solution worked.
When bees try to live side by side with people ‘bee problems’ often occur. I’m afraid I don’t have a great deal of sympathy with the people because any conflict is usually the result of ignorance and inflexibility on the part of the people.
I’m not sure if it really qualifies as a bee problem, but people have contacted me because they have a cluster of honey bees at their hummingbird feeder. If you’d like to know the solution, click here to go to the bee hummingbird page.
Bees are quite happy living in the wall or roof of a house, as long as the music isn’t too loud. I’m sure you can imagine that humans are rather less than happy to be host to a bee colony inside a cavity in their dwelling.
I get many calls wanting to find someone who can remove the bees alive. When I have such conversations I always try to emphasize one thing:- PROBLEMS with HONEY
There are exceptions, not everyone is bee phobic. I heard of someone who found he had bees in his roof. He cut a hole in the ceiling to expose the combs, then fixed a piece of clear plastic over the hole so he could observe the bees. He’s my kind of guy, bee problems can be fascinating!
I had an observation hive in a utility room for a while. The bees came and went through a tube which let outside. It was fascinating! I would ask visitors whether they’d like to see my bees. We would go out, towards the back of the house, they thought we were going outside. Before we got to the backdoor, in the utility room, I would open the cover of the observation hive.
It got quite few gasps but I think most people found it very interesting. Seeing bees actually inside their own surroundings is 100 times better than an ant farm. Once people got over the shock they were always fascinated, particularly if we saw the honey bee queen.
One of the worrying bee problems widely reported by all types of media recently is Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. Unless something is done soon we may have a crisis which makes global warming pale by comparison. One third of everything we eat is said to depend on bee pollination.