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Most Common Spots Honey Bees Build their Nests

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Eaves/ Soffits






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The eaves or soffits of a house are a favorite spot for the honey bee. They tend to choose East or Southeast facing locations and prefer the protection provided by the eave since they are usually isolated from the house and the attic. Bees only need an 1/8 of an inch to get into a cavity. Once they start building their hive, they will continue to fill the cavity until it is full and then move over to the next accessible cavity or worse, the roof line which then requires a roofer to do the repairs after the bee hive is removed.


 
 
Trees

 


 

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The hollow of trees is another of the Honey Bee's preferred locations. We often get call from customers saying "I just walked by the tree in my front yard and it sound like there's an engine running in my tree", or "my tree is humming." Usually if you see a clump of honey bees hanging from a branch, this is a swarm trying to find a new home and is merely resting for up to 72 hours while the scouts identify suitable locations- though they will sometimes build right there! On the other hand, bees that live in the hollow of a tree can be a difficult to eliminate because it is impossible to see which way the cavity goes and whether or not the pesticide being applied is reaching the majority of the hive. Additionally, the same tree may have other entrances to that hollow, ones that might be further up the tree out of sight. How to kill bees inside a tree? Their resources must be cut off!!! If they can't gather pollen, nectar and water they cannot survive!!! 






Cinder Blocks and Concrete Blocks


 

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Another location in which we often find Bee Hives is inside the 4" x 4" spaces of these building materials.  Bee Hive Removal can be difficult in these spots because often the blocks are overlapping, resulting in the bee hive zig-zagging through the caverns of the cinder block.  To ensure complete bee hive removal requires a four-point inspection of each block in which bee activity is discovered.


 


 Behind Siding
 

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Between the aluminum or wooden siding and the drywall is another location from which we often have to remove bees. We have seen honey bees fill the cavity from ceiling to ground, from stud to stub. As with the eaves, honey bees prefer east and southeast facing walls and also enjoy the isolation being in between the exterior and interior walls. Customers often call us saying that their walls have started to buzzzz! Usually by the time bees can be heard from the inside, there is a substantial and well developed hive already established inside the wall. 


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Behind Bricks


 

 Most brick structures have spaces in between the bricks, usually at the base, where no grout was applied to allow ventilation. The honey bee will enter through the slit and begin building their honeycomb in the hollow behind the brick. If there are vertical studs along the cavity, the bee will fill a cavity and then move over the stud to the next hollow. Once they start building, removing the brick to expose the honeycomb is necessary so it can be properly removed. To avoid destroying any of the bricks during the bee removal process, experience and precision are required to cut out the grout without compromising the bricks since they can be re-used to close the cavity after all the honey comb has been extracted.



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Under Sheds
 
Another favorite home for the honey bee is under the floor of sheds. This usually provides a cool dark spacetheir home. Since the shed is visited occasionally to grab some tools or pull out the lawnmower, it's not uncommon for hives to be there for many months before identified.   

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