Honeybees are a problem if they've set up residence inside your home's walls, but they are also important in the ecosystem as pollinators.
So if you have a honeybee infestation, EHS will, in many cases, utilize a professional beekeeper to remove the bees and hive intact thus ensuring their survival.
But if you've got wasps or yellow jackets in your home, which we'll be seeing as the weather warms, you want them gone. And you can, and must, get bee control professionals to come out and kill them.
Wasps, especially yellow jackets, will sting you for the fun of it. They're extremely aggressive.
And homeowners who've been chased while trying to mow the lawn and then had to nurse welts on their legs for the next week can attest to that. Pest professionals say that given that bee stings can be deadly to some — and if you get stung enough times at once, deadly to all — it's important to get rid of them.
Bee stings send over a half million people to the ER every year. There's not really a point where bee problems shouldn't be solved.
Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are aggressive. They often build nests on soffits, door casings and pool railings, and will colonize mole holes or holes in your lawn. They can get under your siding or even into the walls of your home. If you have yellow jacket nests in the ground, a bee removal company has to dig out the nest, treat the area and then fill in the hole.
Yellow jackets will make nests in voids. They'll eat through sheetrock. People will hear this crunching sound while they're sleeping at night, then they'll see a wet spot in the wall and then bees are in their room.
If yellow jackets or wasps are in your wall, the only way to deal with that is a bee removal professional, who will come and kill them using powders or sprays. If the infestation is severe, building materials may have to be removed.
You can spray exposed wasp, hornet or yellow jacket nests with sprays you find at the local hardware store, but you've got to weigh several factors: You may get stung, and that can be dangerous. When the spray dries, it's inactive, so unless everyone was home at the time of the spraying — and the spray saturated all the way through the walls of the nest — you likely didn't solve your problem. So call in a professional.
If you want to prevent bees, pest control companies do a cycle of preventive treatments, in which they spray areas commonly attractive to bees, such as overhangs, door casings and pool railings.
Ground bees, carpenter bees and cicada killers
Ground bees, carpenter bees and cicada killers are tricky, because they're solitary insects. They don't live communally, and each has their own home, so finding all the bees can be difficult.
Ground bees, which are larger bees, are drawn to well-drained soil, and you don't often find them in lush lawns. Their homes look like an ant mount with a bee-sized hole in the middle. Carpenter bees can destroy the facia of a house. They tend to be drawn to wood that hasn't been stained, shellacked or painted within the last three years and will eat into that wood like a termite. Bee removal experts will try to find all the holes, but if you're dealing with 200 ground bees, you've got 200 holes in your yard, so it's hard to get everyone. Removal fees are based on the level of infestation.
If you want to stop bees before they come to your home, the bad news is you can't.
You really can't bee-proof your home. Bees can get into any crevice 1/8 inch or greater. Even brand new construction homes are extremely porous. ... If bees want in your house, they're going to get into your house.