A colony’s favorite place to hive is in the framing between the interior and exterior walls of structures. Other places where they build hives may include: under eaves of enclosed fascia, under Spanish roof tiles, in water control boxes and any type of utility enclosed box, in any equipment or vehicles that have been left stationary and unused for long periods of time, underneath standing construction trailers, in light posts, in the trunks of trees, etc. Once the colony builds a hive and establishes its territory it will become very defensive and being near the hive area becomes dangerous. At that point, the colony does NOT leave on its own and generally will not abandon that hive. Any beeswax inside an enclosed structure will have a honey odor. Even if bees are treated, and the honeycomb is left in the wall, it will continue to attract bees into the area. Also, any hive left in a wall unattended will attract ants and rats. An unattended hive may leak honey and emit a sweet, pungent odor. All hives and honeycomb should be removed from structures and should be done by a professional company.
Key points to remember about hive removal:
- If the bees have accessed a structure and been in the area for more than 48 to 72 hours, there is honeycomb in the structure.
- Bees become territorial when there is honeycomb present and being around the hive area is dangerous to residents and pets.
- Bees will NOT leave on their own once the honeycomb is built.
- Honeycomb can attract rats, mice, roaches, ants, etc. It will also act as a lure for new bee colonies, which can include the Africanized bee.
- Honeycomb inside structures needs to be removed by a professional to prevent the above from happening.
The Bee Man specializes in hive removals and takes pride in removing all honeycomb completely and efficiently.