Habitats in Homes: Bees

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Bees, wasps, hornets, and other similar stinging insects can be scary enough when they’re nesting on your property; the last thing that you want is an entire nest inside your home. But the unfortunate reality is that all sorts of stinging insects can and will take up residence in your home. But what do those indoor habitats look like? We scoured the internet to give readers a sense of what indoor stinging insect nests look like--and tell you how you can prevent or get rid of them. 

 

How Bees Get Into Homes

Bee crawling into wall crack

 

So how do bees get into homes in the first place? There are a few places that they can make their entry: 

  • Wall openings, like gaps, holes, and cracks.
  • Vents. It might not be the first place that you think of, but stoves, bathrooms, and washer/dryers all have vents that can act as a bee entryway from the outdoors to the inside of your house. 
  • Gas pipes and rain gutters. Gas pipes can act as an entry point for bees, and if there are any holes in your gutters at the point where it meets your home, it can act as an entryway for bees, hornets, and the like. 

 

Where Bees Nest in Homes 

Beehive with bees working on it

 

Bees and other stinging insects seek out hollow spaces to nest in, which makes spaces like roofs, attics, and wall cavities susceptible. Let’s take a look:

 

Here you can see an instance of a MAJOR bee presence inside of a wall cavity:

 

In this video you can see a HUGE bee presence in an unlucky person’s attic: 

 

And in this video (from the UK) notice the bee presence that can get pretty out of control in a roof: 

 

So obviously these locations in the structure of a home have an opportunity to be occupied by bees. Does a bee presence usually get as severe in the videos above? No, not typically, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. 

 

Preventing Bees From Getting Inside

Crack in wall

So now that you’ve seen some of the worst horror stories related to indoor beehives that the internet has to offer, you’re probably wondering what you can do to prevent them. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do: 

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home that would allow bees and other pests inside.
  • Clean out gutters and areas under roof soffits.
  • Limit the number of flowering plants and trees that you plant near your home.
  • When spending time outdoors, do not leave sugary drinks or treats uncovered, and pick up any trash. 

 

Getting Rid of Bees (If You Have Them) 

 

Prevention is great if you don’t already have a bee problem, but if you’re already dealing with, you need a way to get rid of them. Thomas Pest Services can help. Bee and wasp control from the techs here at Thomas includes:

  • Nest removal
  • Preventative application to overhangs, decks/porches, windows/doorframes, and wherever else bees may be able to enter the home. 

Looking for bee and wasp control today? Just contact us and we’ll schedule your appointment ASAP!


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