Removing honeybees from your home is more difficult than you might expect. While you can eliminate things like hornets or wasps by simply spraying them, honeybees are a different challenge. Those other types of bees are scavengers, not honey producers. When you're dealing with honeybees, you need to also deal with the presence of the honey. Here's a look at why it matters and what you should know about dealing with a honeybee infestation in your walls.
What's The Worry About Honey?
When it comes to honeybees, they honey they produce is actually a bigger concern for your home than the bees themselves. Honey is acidic, and when there are no more bees to maintain the honey supply, that honey starts drawing moisture from the air around it. This encourages bacteria to grow and causes the honey to ferment. As this process progresses, the wood structure of the home will start to deteriorate, because the honey will break down the wood fibers. This poses a serious structural threat to your home.
So What Can You Do?
The first step is to identify which walls the bees are in. To do this, tap on the walls inside each room, listening for any sound changes. Place a hand on the wall, and you may feel warmth radiating from inside the wall. This happens due to the presence of the bees and also the warmth of the honey. Finally, if you place your ear to the wall, you'll hear faint buzzing inside.
Once you've determined which walls are infested, you'll want to reach out to a professional for bee removal. When it comes to honeybees, you'll have to open up the wall and extract the whole colony. If your home's exterior is brick or concrete, that means opening up the inside walls. Otherwise, the beekeeper may just remove them by opening the outside of the wall.
After removing the bees, the beekeeper will then pull all of the honeycomb. If the beekeeper extracts the beys using a vacuum or hive body instead of spray, the honey can be extracted and used for other bees.
Once the comb has been pulled out of the walls, you'll need to clean the entire surface area with bleach or ammonia. This is important, because the pheromones left behind by the bees will simply draw more bees later if you don't deal with it now.
After this treatment is finished, you can reconstruct the wall. Then, you'll want to go around the outside of your home and make sure you seal any openings that may permit bees access to your home again later.