What to Do When Bees Swarm Around Your Property
If you’ve noticed a sudden influx of bees in the area of your home and yard, you may be playing host to a swarm of bees. Though this may at first sound frightening, bee swarms are generally harmless. You may not need to do anything at all to get rid of the bees as many swarms will leave on their own within a few days. However, sometimes bees occasionally decide to start nests inside, on or near homes, which can be slightly more of a problem.
Dealing With a Bee Swarm
Swarms of bees will occasionally stop for a temporary break while members of the colony go out and search for a potential home. In many cases the bees will simply depart of their own volition within a few days, so you don’t need to do anything but take care to avoid the area until they do. Swarms are generally peaceful and won’t bother people, but it’s best to play it safe.
If you feel like the swarm is a little too close for comfort, however, you can call a beekeeper to help remove the bees from your property. In most cases the bees don’t need to be killed and can simply be coaxed away.
Nests Near Your Home
If a swarm of bees decide to make a nest nearby, they will often make it in a hole in a tree or against a wall. Nests out in the open like this are usually easier to get rid of, and a beekeeper will be able to assist you. If the nest is easy enough to remove, a beekeeper may remove the rest and bees for you to relocate, though there may be fees involved since this is a difficult process.
Alternatively, the nest can be destroyed and removed, forcing the bees to move elsewhere. Either way, removing the nest is a good option if it’s too close to your house, if you have children or pets, or anyone with bee allergies.
However, if you feel the nest poses no threat, you can simply leave the nest there and enjoy all the benefits you get from having bees nearby. Namely, bees are important pollinators, and can benefit your local plants immensely
Nests Inside Your Home
If you’ve discovered a nest inside your home, this is when things start to get a little tricky. Bees can make nests inside your walls and ceiling or in attics and basements, making them that much harder to reach. While you can attempt to remove them yourself by killing the bees then removing the nest, but it is highly recommended that you hire a professional such as U.S. Pest Control to do this instead.
In cases like these it is far less likely that a beekeeper will be willing to put forth the effort to safely remove the nest and bees in one piece. The payoff often simply isn’t worth it. A nest inside your home often means that you will need to remove parts of your house’s paneling to get to the nest and remove it all, at which point the nest and honey combs can be completely removed and the bees exterminated.
If you have a nest inside your house, it should be removed completely even if there are no bees left. Old nests may attract a new swarm of bees or other insects. While bees will not harm your house, the other insects, such as beetles, will.