Dealing with a single bee is a pretty easy task, but removing a whole colony can be a very complicated and potentially dangerous process. For this reason, you should arrange for a professional to deal with the problem. Before you do, though, you can use some clues about the bees’ appearance and nesting to help identify the species. With this information, you can then anticipate what will need to be done in order to remove them, which can help you compare costs when obtaining quotes from professionals. Finally, you can then take preventative measures and learn how to get rid of bees.
Remove all nests and honeycombs. Make sure that whomever you hire doesn’t simply kill or remove the bees and leave their nest and honeycomb behind. Expect these to attract new bees. Prevent a new problem by making sure that the old one is taken care of thoroughly.
Make all necessary repairs immediately. If the company needed to cut into any part of your home’s structure in order to reach the nest and didn’t repair the damage themselves, do so immediately. Assume that if one bee colony found this area to be a good place to build a nest, others will, too. Seal off their access to it as soon as possible.
Close any other gaps, cracks, or other points of access, too. Remember: if one bee colony set up shop within a structure, others will do the same. Assess the area and identify any points where bees could possibly access it. Seal those points with caulk, insulation foam, or whatever the situation demands.
Clear your property of ideal nesting spots. Limit the number of places where bees can build a nest. Remove any unnecessary junk that has accumulated and now offers bees a perfect spot to build a nest. Depending on which types of bees live in your area, also consider:
– Blocking access to crawl spaces and underneath raised structures like outdoor sheds, porches, or decks.
– Filling in old rodent dens and other holes in the ground.
– Putting compost into a container rather than leaving it as an open pile.
– Removing hollowed trees and logs.
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