Beginning Beekeeping

Everything you need to know to become an enthusiastic beekeeper !

Honey Bee On FlowerRemoving Honey Bees From Inside A  Wall

An established honey bee colony will sometimes divide itself, and one or more swarms will leave the hive. The new swarm may cluster for a while on a tree limb or bush near the old hive while scout bees search for a suitable place to establish a new home. Usually scout bees find a hollow tree, but occasionally they will choose the wall voids of a home. Unfortunately, bees may nest in the wall or attic some distance from where they enter the wall.Carbaryl (Sevin) 5 percent Dust is an insecticide registered to exterminate bees from dwellings. If it is not applied properly, persistent efforts may be needed to finally accomplish the job. Sevin dusted into the bee entrance may not reach the nest, which may be some distance from the entrance. Foraging bees passing through the dusted area will be killed, but the queen and house bees that stay home to take care of brood and tend to the nest may continue to live for some time. When house bees (young bees that remain in the hive) mature to take on field work chores, the colony may recover, unless the insecticide treatment is reapplied. Quicker and surer results will be received if the nest itself is treated.The nest can be located sometimes by tapping the wall with a hammer and listening for an answering buzz from the bees. Once you know the general area of the hive, you can put a water glass on the wall and put your ear to the open end of the glass, and then slowly slide the glass around listening to the buzz behind the wall to locate the precise area occupied by the bee hive.] When the nest is located, a hole may be bored, preferably through the outside wall, so insecticide can be applied onto the nest


Photo by Robert Doup

This is a section of an inside wall beneath a window showing the sheetrock removed and you can see the combs that the honey bees have built.>

Robert did this job himself after making sure he had located where the hive was behind the wall and killed all the bees following the cautions on this page !

Be advised that if you live in a state populated with African Bees, do not attempt to deal with them yourself. It is not worth risking your life !!

Established swarms are comprised of more bees, more comb, and more honey. Established colonies are best killed in late winter or early spring when their population is smallest. Treatment is effective when done in the very early spring, such as February or March, when stored honey is at its lowest level and the bee population is lowest and weakest. New swarms are more easily killed soon after they enter the building. The best time of day to apply the insecticide is late afternoon when all the bees are at home. The bees will be less cross on nice days than when the weather is overcast or rainy. Do not plug the hole immediately after dusting the nest because this may force the agitated bees into the living quarters of the home. Bees will find or make unused or new exits, sometimes indoors.

Given that Honey Bees are declining in this country, we need to do whatever we can to help them survive. Therefore, if you have bees in your wall,ceiling or cellare it is best to try and find a beekeeper who specializes in removing Honey Bees alive and using them in a beehive of his own.

Watch this video to see how this is done Beekeeper Removing Honey Bees. Call your local police to see if they can refer you to a beekeeper who specializes in removing bees alive. If this is not possible then you will have to resort to hirng a Professional Pest Exterminator. Spraying the bees with Raid or another pesticide is just plain dumb. What If you do kill them with spray and do not remove the dead bees and the hive? Now you have a wall full of decomposing bees and wax and honey that is soaked in poison. If the nest is not removed, the wax cells may melt or be riddled by wax moths and leak honey. Excess honey may seep through interior walls and ceilings, leaving permanent stains.

Wax combs near the inside walls of a chimney are fire hazards. The comb and its contents may melt when exposed to hot summer temperatures without bees to keep it cool, especially in walls facing the south. 

After a dead colony has been removed and the structural damage caused in removing the colony has been repaired, clean the area thoroughly with soap and hot water. Paint and carefully plug all outside entrances through which the other possible bee swarms might enter. Odors left by the killed colony can linger for a long time and attract other swarming bees. 

Pest control companies may be contacted to destroy the bees if needed. Although killing adult bees is usually fairly easy, removal of the comb and honey can be very difficult. It might be useful to have a beekeeper and carpenter or beekeeper with carpenter abilities present to assist. Bees from other colonies can also be a nuisance around the home as long as honey remains to be robbed from the killed colony. Scavenging insects, such as carpet beetles, wax moths, ants, or flies, are also attracted to killed bee colonies. 

Even if you are not sensitive to stings and are experienced in extermination work, it is best to be protected from distracting stings when exterminating bees. You may be in precarious positions, such as on a ladder or on a roof,

with stinging bees present. At least wear a beekeeper's veil and leather gloves. 

Bee Smoker A bee smoker is valuable to help calm the bees and lessen their tendency to sting. 

Check out: How To Remove Bees From Various Locations Inside And Outside Your Home !

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Removing Bees From A chimney

Part of the information below is courtesy of  Ohio State University, Department of Entomolgy 
Authored by William F Lyon and  James E. Tew

Updated as of January 4, 2017

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