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Locating aBee Problem

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If the bees are near a window or the front door they are hard to miss, in most cases they will build a hive in areas that take months to discover. One of the most common ways a bee problem is discovered is by initially finding them in the house. If the bees just showed up in the house, chances are your bee problem is minimal and you should address it immediately.

A good place to look is chimney tops, vents and eaves (near to were the bee problem appears.) If however you are returning home after several days or longer and notice dead bees in your house near the window, you most likely have a beehive that moved into your structure. Solving a bee problem in the wall of a house, roof, or attic can be very difficult due to the size of the hive and honeycomb.

How to PreventBee Problems

To prevent recurring bee problems in Texas and California, remove junk or objects in the yard that can provide problems for harboring beehives. For locations of a structure with multiple hives, inspect the house or building and have exclusion work performed on the eaves, vents, chimney, roof, wall voids, and other areas of the structure focusing on openings and voids bees can enter and build a home. Note bees only dig when there are trapped in.

If you’re performing the bee proofing yourself, focus on the side of the house or building that faces the sun! The great majority of bee problems are on the side of the house / building that faces the morning sun. This is because after a cool dark night, the earth's sun helps to warm the bee hive up in the morning.

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Composition of a honeyBee Colony

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A honey bee colony consists of a queen, brood, workers, drones, and honeycomb. A colony of bees has anywhere from a few hundred bees to hundreds of thousands, but most colonies have between 3,000 and 15,000 bees. There is only one queen in a colony. She manages the colony and lays eggs (sometimes thousands per day). The eggs she lays are called brood. Worker bees are sterile females.

They collect pollen, make honey and wax comb, defend the colony, and tend to the brood. Worker bees are capable of stinging. Male bees are called drones. Reproducing is their only main function; they are not capable of stinging. All the bees live in a wax structure called honeycomb. The honey comb is composed of wax sheets about an inch thick. Each sheet of honeycomb is made of thousands of hexagon shaped cells. These cells hold the liquid honey and the brood.

Honey BeeEating and Drinking

Bees make honey out of pollen that they collect from flowers. Honey is their main food source although they can also eat other sugary, syrupy substances like maple syrup, nectar and soda.

Bees store honey in their hives so that they have a food source year round even when pollen is scarce. Bees also drink water. They prefer to drink from wet surfaces rather than standing water; this way they minimize the possibility of drowning.

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How NewColonies Form

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When a bee colony gets to be large, some of the eggs the queen lays will turn into new queens. Usually an established colony will produce 1 to 4 queens in a year. Since there can only bee one queen per colony, when a new queen is born one of them leaves and is followed by a few thousand workers and drones. This new group of bees flies through the air and looks like a black cloud. It is called a swarm. Bee swarms are usually not aggressive. The swarm will land somewhere that it can hang from such as a tree branch or a roof overhang. When it is hanging it looks like a ball of bees ranging in size from a baseball to a beach ball.

Most swarms are about the size of a volleyball. While the swarm is resting worker bees called scout bees, will go out and look for a good spot to make a new permanent colony. Usually the spot for the permanent colony is in an inclosed space such as the inside of a tree, a wall void or a roof void, however bees will sometimes make hanging colonies that are out in the open. These can be found hanging from tree branches etc. The swarm usually rests for 2 or 3 days, and then when the permanent spot is chosen the entire swarm will relocate to it in the matter of an hour or so.

Hive AgeAgression and Size

Once the bees are in their new location the workers start making wax comb by excreting wax from their glands. After a few days there is enough wax comb to hold honey. This is when bees start to get aggressive. Once they have something to protect they will defend the colony by stinging animals that are a threat.

A colony typically gets more and more aggressive as time goes on. After about 10 days most bee hives weigh about 2 pounds. That is 2 pounds of wax and honey not including the bees. A month old hive usually weighs about 10 pounds. A three month old hive will weigh 20 to 30 pounds. After a year most hives will have 50 to 100 pounds of honey and wax.

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Honey BeeLife Cycle

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All bees begin as eggs, then become larva, then pupa, then emerge as bees. During the egg, larva and pupa stages the bee is encased in a wax cell. During the larva and pupa stages the bee looks like a little white worm.

The queen bee usually lives for 2 to 3 years. Worker bees live for about 6 weeks after emergence in the spring and summer, but can live up to 6 months in the cooler months. Drones live anywhere from just 2 weeks to 4 months. Drones die immediately after mating with the queen.

The Importance ofHoney Bees

Honey bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. When a bee is collecting nectar from a flower, it transports pollen from that flower to the next flower it lands on. This transfer of pollen from one plant to another is how plants make seeds and reproduce.

Without bees many plants, including crops that we depend on to feed ourselves, would not be able to survive. It is estimated that if bees were to become extinct, humans would perish four to five years later. Bees also make honey and wax which have many uses.

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Facts aboutHoney Bee Problems

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  • If you kill or extract the bees but don’t remove the honey, you may get recurring bee problems every year! Most recurring bee problems are caused by exterminating the bee hive, and not removing the honeycomb.
  • About 85% of the bee problems occur on the side of the building that faces near the morning sun..
  • Honey bees do not necessarily have to be killed in order to solve a bee problem.
  • New bee problems (swarms) on a bush or tree typically disappear within a few days.
  • The amount of flowers and shrubbery on your property have nothing to do with getting a beehive!