Bee Colony on exposed tree branch

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Swarm Prevention

Tips to help Prevent a Honey Bee Infestation
Below are suggestions and typical locations honey bees are commonly found. 

 

Eaves under roofs, Water meter boxes, Manholes, Electrical boxes, Gutter down-spouts, Abandoned vehicles, Abandoned appliances, Empty containers, Empty flower pots, Lumber piles, Utility infrastructure power poles, light poles, etc, Old tires, Garages, Outbuildings, Sheds, Inside of wall voids, Chimneys, Attics through vent holes, Soffits, Under portable buildings, Mobile homes, Under dog houses, Bird nest boxes, Hollow trees, Playground equipment, Exposed tree branches.

Eaves: Eaves make a great location for bees because they are spacious and usually have easy access. The best way to prevent infestation is to look around for access points like missing vent screens, holes, loose light fixtures, rotted areas, stucco not finished up to its termination point and cracks.

Water meter boxes: Bees commonly infest water meter boxes because the finger hole in the lid is big enough to allow access. You can help prevent infestation by putting tape over the hole or something similar to that.

Electrical boxes: Sometimes people call us thinking they have bees in their electrical box, but in fact, the bees are in the wall behind the box. On occasion builders do not install the electrical box flat on the wall creating an access point. Most people do not know that there is a large hole in the back of some electrical boxes so wires can enter the house. The way we suggest to remedy this is to caulking around the outside of the box. 

Empty containers and flower pots: Empty containers and pots make great locations for bees because they are large enough for bees to build a colony in. We have removed countless colonies from these places. This is the easiest of all to fix, just turn empty containers and flower pots right side up.

Utility infrastructures: Power poles, light poles, etc are more challenging. Steel and concrete poles are hollow making a good home for bees. Bees often locate an opening usually a “mounting hole” and find their way inside. The fix for this is more difficult because it's usually high requiring a lift. In these cases you might try stucco, clay, rubber wine corks, screws or bolts to plug the holes.

Out buildings and sheds: Out buildings and sheds, out buildings usually have double sided walls creating a space for bees to make a home. Usually there is a rotted area on the outside and bees find access to the hollow space. The fix for this is to repair the damaged areas or remove the inner paneling thus eliminating the hollow. Sheds: Infestation usually occurs under shed floors. Here are some suggestions. Place dirt or something similar around the bottom preventing access to the hollow space. Raise the shed 12 -- 18 inches or so off the ground. Bees like to be enclosed so they are less likely to make that area their home.  

Walls and chimneys: Walls; Bees find access into walls through cracks in the stucco, Holes drilled for hurricane shudders, water spigots and AC lines. The fix is easy; you can use stucco patch, exterior caulk, spray foam or something similar to repair the opening. Chimneys; Chimneys are among the more difficult areas to remove bees because of the complex structural design. You should look for separation, cracks in stucco and holes of any kind. 

Soffits: Soffits are relatively easy to prevent infestation. Look for any loose wood, air vents not covered with screen, cracks or openings bigger than ¼ inch and loose light fixtures. 

Under portable buildings, mobile homes and dog houses: Portable buildings and mobile homes; The usual suspect area is the fabric that holds the insulation under the structure. It is usually separated or torn away from the structure allowing access to the under side.The fix is as easy as reattaching the fabric. Dog houses; You need to eliminate the hollow space under it. You can lift the dog house and placing dirt or rocks under it eliminate the hollow space and bees will look elsewhere for a home.

Bird nest boxes: We get calls frequently for bees in a bird house. There is no easy prevention for this one. There are some pesticides the can be safely used on the “top” of the bird house that helps prevent bee infestation however we do not suggest doing that yourself. 

Hollow trees:  Hollow trees are interesting because you would never suspect how far the hollows can go and how big they can get. Old avocado, oak, cypress and ponytail palm trees are among the most common although any tree could get hollowed out. Honey bees do not burrow into trees causing it to hollow out, it occurs entirely naturally, filling the holes can help prevent infestation.

Playground equipment: Some play ground equipment  has a hollow space under it. The fix is the same as with the dog house, put dirt, rocks or something similar under it filling the hollow. No space no bee infestation.

Exposed tree branches and outside of soffits: Yes, the bees finally found a place you cannot do much to prevent. Sometimes bees decide to build their nest outside in the wide open, dang it. Bees are time limited, and by that I mean they have precious little time to find a place and build a nest. If honey bees can’t find an enclosed nesting spot they will be forced to build it on the outside.