Honeybees In Walls

Honeybee colonies are a beautiful and essential part of our natural environment. The play a crucial role in pollinating crops and sustaining biodiversity. However, when these colonies take up residence within structures such as homes, offices, or other buildings, it can lead to a host of problems that make their removal a necessary step.

Honeybee removal is an expense that nobody wants. Life is expensive and we don’t often have extra money leftover for surpise expenses like fallen trees, HVAC repair, plumbing issues or bees in walls BUT it’s something that is necessary. There are a lot of reasons you do NOT want to keep a colony of honeybees in your wall. Here are some things to consider.

1. Possible Structural Damage-Honeybees can create nests in the walls, ceilings, or roofs or buildings, causing significant structural damage over time. As the colony expands, they may chew through wood, insulation, and other building materials to expand their hive. This could go down into the walls or into other joists. The damage can be costly to repair and can compromise the integrity of the structure. If you see a swarm of bees fly into your house and take up residence don’t wait around hoping they will go away. Call a beekeeper who does removals!

2. Health and Safety Concerns: Bee stings can be painful and, for some individuals, life-threatening. Having a honeybee colony in close proximity to people poses a safety risk, especially for those who are allergic to bee stings. Additionally, the presence of bees can create anxiety and stress for occupants of the building, affecting their overall well-being.

3. Legal and Insurance Issues: Some insurance policies may not cover damage caused by pests or insects like honeybees, leaving property owners responsible for costly repairs. In some regions, it may even be illegal to allow honeybee colonies to persist within structures due to the potential dangers they pose. Removing the colony can help property owners avoid legal complications and ugly insurance disputes.

4. Conservation and Bee Health: Honeybees face numerous threats to their population, including pesticides, diseases, and habitat loss. It is essential to protect these vital pollinators by ensuring they are kept in suitable environments. When honeybee colonies occupy human-made structures, they may not thrive as well as they would in natural habitats. Removing them and relocating them to appropriate environments helps support bee health and conservation efforts.

While honeybees are crucial for our ecosystem and agriculture, their presence within structures can lead to significant problems.

What To Do If You Have Bees In Your House

(don’t panic)

No seriously, don’t panic. It won’t help and it’ll stress you and the bees out. I suggest you contact nearby removal experts to get estimates. Ask them how they do what they do, how many they’ve done, ask if they have a way to see where the bees are (thermal imaging), ask how long it would take, how soon they can come, what all it entails. If you are within 40 miles of the Chattanooga area feel fre to contact me about an estimate.

Communities can help by contacting a beekeeper if they see a swarm of bees. I recommend fidning a beekeeper in your area and putting their number in your phone under “Beekeeper” to save for when you or a neighbor needs it.

Beekeepers can help by placing swarm traps in their apiaries. We can answer swarm calls and help find a suitable place for the homeless bees to live.