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While some people cultivate bees for their honey, a wild colony can be a problem for homeowners. Bumble, honey, and carpenter bees are a common issue around yards and houses. Each species constructs a specific kind of beehive or bee nest, which helps with identification.

More than just an eyesore, a beehive in, on, or near the home increases the risk of stings, making control crucial. In addition, some of these nests weaken the structural integrity of buildings.

Types of Beehives and Nests

Carpenter Bees

These bees bore into wood to nest in homes and sheds. To find the pests’ hideouts, look for holes that are nearly perfect circles. These openings appear in windowsills, doors, and outdoor furniture. Left unchecked, carpenter bee nests can do a great deal of damage by encouraging stains, mold, and other pest infestations.

Honey Bees

This species often constructs beehives in hollow trees and wall voids, though chimneys, grills, and spaces under decks may also house a honey bee nest. Although the pests prefer to live nine feet or more off the ground, they will readily build colonies lower if the spot is easy to defend.

Workers are always expanding the hive, so infestations can be tough to remove. Honeycomb build-up in walls may attract other pests and cause stains as well.

Bumble Bees

Property owners usually find bumble bee nests underground, often in old animal dens. The pests also live in vents and behind siding, preferring dry areas to damp spaces. Female bumble bees can sting multiple times to protect their nests.

Problems with Beehives and Nests

Bee colonies frequently spell trouble for homeowners. A beehive or nest close to living areas puts people in danger because the pests will defend their colonies against any threat. Stings may cause anaphylactic shock in those with bee allergies.

Bee Nest Removal

Since bees are helpful pollinators, the best option for control is relocation rather than destroying a hive. However, removing these stinging insects is challenging and dangerous. Call the experts at Western Pest Services for the prevention or safe removal of beehives and nests.