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HONEY BEES IN THE HOME.





Honey bees are one of the wonders of nature. They provide so much to humanity that most people aren't even aware of. They pollinate numerous plants, fruit trees, vegetables and large amounts of crops. And of course make that delicious Honey. But what happens when a swarm of Honey Bees makes its way into your home and sets up a hive? Well there are a lot of factors that determine wether a hive in someones home is a minor irritance or a serious situation that could cause major damage in the future. These factors include things like the location of the hive in the building. Its location relative to peoples every day activity, such as walking paths directly in the flight path of the bees. Pets and small children coming in contact with the hive. People with allergic reactions being stung.... and so on. Generally speaking having a bee hive in your home is not a MAJOR cause for alarm. Some hives go on for years without ever causing a problem but most, if left to their own devises will at some point become a problem that needs to be dealt with. The biggest problem being a very large hive that inevitably has so many bees living in it that they just can no longer be avoided. These hives cast off swarms that populate in the area and can even relocate within the same structure creating the potential for even more future damage. The damage caused from a large bee hive usually comes when the hive fails for some reason. Either by pests causing damage to it, people trying to spray the bees with some pesticide or any number of factors that can cause a hive to fail. Once the hive fails, and there are no longer thousands of bees protecting the honey comb, the comb begins to deteriorate and fall. This becomes a sticky, stinky mess that attracts rodents and other insects and basically just turns into a disgusting mess you don't want in your house. In most modern homes, the location of this hive is key to the amount of damage it can cause. If it is over a ceiling that has drywall for the covering, this mess can saturate the drywall, weakening it and the weight of all that honey and other detritus can cause the ceiling to fall into the room. There have been situations where this has happened while there were still live bees in the colony and having your ceiling come down on your head with thousands of angry bees flying around is not a pleasant experience. The biggest problem however is that as a hive grows inside the house, the longer it is there the more scent of a hive is being imbedded into the structure. This scent attracts other bees who are out scouting the area and when the time comes for a swarm to leave a nearby hive, your home is already known by these scouts as a great place to start a new hive. The more scent, the more the chances you will have MORE bees. So wether a major or minor situation, the best choice to make when you find you have a Honey Bee hive in your home is to call a qualified bee removal speciallist to come remove them, ALIVE. Having them exterminated is a terrible idea for all the reasons I mentioned above. Turning a thriving healthy bee hive into a nasty, stinking, running disgusting mess is never a good idea. And leaving that mess in your home is an even worse idea as it will certainly attract future bees and the process will repeat. A healthy, active bee hive is very clean and manageable by an expert bee remover. So, when you find that you have a bee hive in your house first.....don't panic. Second, don't mess with them. Third, DO NOT SPRAY THEM with anything. and finally call a qualified bee removal specialist. If there are lots of bees where you live there will most likely be qualified people in the area who can help you deal with them. But as with anything, be smart. Ask questions of the bee removal specialist you contact. Questions like.... Do you kill the bees? Obviously the answer should be no. Can you do the work properly to restore my house to its original condition? (Often the remover has to open up walls, ceilings, floors etc. to get to the bees. You want one with some construction experience who can do the work properly to both get to the bees, and put back what was removed in the proper way). Will you take steps to prevent future bees from getting back in that same place? (good, ethical bee removal specialists will take steps to remediate the area of scent and fill the space to prevent future hives from forming in the same place) Unfortunately some take advantage of the situation and intentionally leave scent behind hoping you will call them again in the future when new bees show up. How much will it cost? Yes, a good qualified removal specialist will charge for there services. It takes a special knowledge and skill, not to mention tools and materials to properly deal with every situation that can come up involving honey bees. But for the most part the cost associated with the job is usually very reasonable. Beware of excessively high charges. Some take advantage of the fear or panic people have of the bees and over charge them. Get references and ask if they have contacts from past jobs that you can call. A good, honest specialist will likely have a list of satisfied customers that they will happily refer you to. The right one will also happily explain in a knowledgible way what is going on, show you pictures of past removals, and even show you your bees once they are exposed and the conditions are safe to do so.

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