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We purchased a beautiful home in the country on 5 acres and thought we were buying our dream home to retire in. Every summer we have hundreds of bees that come into our home through the fireplace and vents. I am terrified of bees and of course at first site run up stairs for the night. I hate this.
What can I use to force them leave a current nest and build elsewhere. My husband said he sees them going under the siding of our home. We see hundreds also swarm over the fireplace every warm day. I cannot even go into our dining room as they come in through the vent in that room, I am ready to move.
By Patty Bell from Savannah, GA
I have a friend who had the same problem. He took off the siding in the areas the bees were nesting. Got rid of the bees and resided those areas. As I was in a hurry and only asked why he was removing siding I don't know if he had a professional come in and removed the bees. However you may have to do the same thing but have a bee exterminator do the removing of the bees.
This summer I kept getting wasps or whatever in my apartment. There are always a few that hang around outside and management can't seem to find the nest. It wasn't a large influx, but I didn't like them. There were weeks I would spray as many as 14 in a week. We never could find where they were coming in. All of a sudden we would see one and not see where they came from.
When I was a kid one summer we had a swarm of bees in our apple tree that was maybe about 1/4 block from the house and the bees would move from there into the chimney which ran through my bedroom. I don't have any idea how they got from the chimney into the room, but they managed to do it. My Dad finally located a bee keeper that came and got the swarm out of the tree and we didn't have anymore problems after that. It vaguely seems like my Dad had to pay the bee keeper to do this, which seems kind of weird being he got to keep the bees.
About 3 years ago, I had this same problem. The bees were making all kinds of honey in the siding of my house & would come in through very tiny spaces, where there were holes. Most houses are not completely air-tight.
About the wasps. I also had wasps coming in, a few a week, for a few years. I found where they were getting in one summer day, when windows & doors were open. I happened to be looking at the front door this time & I saw a wasp squeezing through the gasket that sealed the front security screen. It didn't quite meet the door. I'd never noticed before, cause it's a pretty small space.
Well, I fixed the space with some of that peel & stick foam, then went through out the house, inside & out, looking for very small openings where they could get in. I also spent some time outside in the warmth of the day, watching them fly around. So I ended up finding really small spaces around pipes & what not, that a wasp could climb through. So I go inside & find these old fixtures that had electrical stuff, lights & stuff.
So around every opening through walls & such, I stuffed sos pads & where the spaces were bigger, I got that spray foam stuff that swells after you squirt it in spaces. They have different swelling ratings,small, med & large. So you get some & fill the places where it's big & use SOS pads where it's a slot. This also deters mice & rats, they won't chew it. Well, the wasps stopped coming in. It was great.
Now on to the bees. They will make wax & honey nests in the walls, between the studs, anywhere. You need to get an exterminator that has experience with this. The first guy just tore up the walls, tore out the honey combs & left damage & the bees came back. Then they swarm, it is frightening, & if you have pets, they can be in danger.
The second guy, came in the daytime, when they are flying & collecting pollen for honey. He had a fire extinguisher with stuff that killed the bees & deodorized the area. Bees know the scent & come back to that smell. So you have to get rid of the scent & kill the bees there. He used this extinguisher nozzle to spray around the open areas. It works, no bees in 3 years.