Honey bee swarming season usually occurs in mid-March to late spring as the weather warms up. Their activities begin to be more noticeable as they work to collect pollen for food and store it for the upcoming cold season. Bees often go in swarms searching for their new homes, and as a homeowner, you wouldn’t want these bees to choose your home.
We all understand that we cannot control how the bees would choose their home, but we can prevent them from building beehives in and around our house. Here are some tips on how to prevent bees from invading your home.
Secure Openings or Holes
Take a tour around your house and thoroughly inspect any small openings or holes that are about a quarter of an inch or bigger. Focus on areas of your house where wires or vents have open space around them because of poor installation. Find a way on how to properly seal these openings with the use of caulk, metal, or mesh screens.
Another part of your house that you need to examine are the eaves of your roof. There could be cracks or holes that bees can easily access and find a location to build their nests. Bees would probably go to your attic or inside the eaves, so you better seal those areas properly to prevent bees from invading.
Remove Old Honeycomb
There are chances that your home may have had a hive before. If so, locate it as quickly as you can and ensure what’s left is totally removed. Old honeycombs have pheromones that will attract bees and cause them to return. You may want to hire an experienced worker who can locate and remove the honeycomb properly. Honeycombs can also cause damage to the area where it was attached. You should immediately repair it to prevent reinfestation from the bees.
Clear Your Yard of Any Clutter
We often use our yards as a space to store excess objects from our homes, such as unused or broken appliances, car parts or accessories, and old furniture, all of which can become an easy place for swarming bees to start their colony. Find time to clear your yard of any clutter, especially those that protrude against your garage, shed, or property. If you think the job is too much, you may want to contact professionals like the Super Bee Disposal to get the job done. Once you clear all the debris in your yard, you won’t have to worry about bees nesting in or around your home.
Keep an Eye On Vents in Your Bathroom, Laundry Room, or Kitchen
Vents are important components in your house especially for plumbing purposes. It lets the air flow properly to flush out unwanted waste water and odors. Your range’s vent or your laundry vent that helps you with dryers ventilation may be an ideal for a new bee colony. If you notice a few bees hanging around in a room that has a vent, chances are that they are already building their colony somewhere inside. It is best that you close all the vents with screens to prevent bees from getting inside your home.
Avoid Certain Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants are great decor in your home, but there are areas that wouldn’t be suitable to grow flowers or plants where bees can make their nest. Flowers such as honeysuckles, clovers, poppies, and herbs like thyme and oregano attract bees the most. It is best that you relocate these plants away from your house to prevent bee infestation.
The Best Solution
Some may think that killing bees may be the best solution to prevent them from invading your home. There are insect repellents that are available in the market that can kill bees on the spot. However, bees are a vital part of our ecosystem, and you should always consider removal alternatives first and foremost.