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What To Do If You Notice You Have A Beehive In Your Backyard

For many people, the site of a bee elicits fear. Some people are allergic, but many others simply don’t want to get stung. If you’re allergic to bees, you have every right to be fearful, as a sting from one or more could mean potential death. However, for the most part bees should be revered as they serve a valuable purpose for our life. Bees pollinate many crops that we as humans eat.

That being said, if you find a beehive in your backyard, we understand that it can become a real nuisance, and at times problematic. Because of this, you should take preventative steps to keep them from taking up residence in your backyard.

What to Do with a Beehive 

If you already have a beehive in your home or backyard, here is what you should do.

  1. Stay clear of the hive: Resist the impulse to get closer to the hive. Most types of bees will sting if they feel threatened. 

  2. Find the access point to the hive: If there is a hive inside your home or garage, you can try to find out where the bees were able to gain access. Be sure to allow the bees to access the hive until a professional has removed it. 

  3. Do not try to spray, trap, or damage a hive: The quickest way to get injured by a swarm of bees is to do anything to a hive without professional assistance. You run the risk of injuring yourself, your family, and your pets.

  4. Don’t try to remove the beehive yourself: No matter how confident you are, it’s best to leave beehive removal to the professionals. Never try to remove a hive yourself. Even if what you have in your backyard is a small hive, you will need to call a pest removal service.

  5. Hire a professional: Beehives can quickly proliferate. If you leave a poorly located hive unattended, you may find yourself with hundreds of bees before you know it. A professional pest control company, or a beekeeper, will be able to remove your beehive, it’s honeycomb, and help prevent more bees from moving in later.

How to prevent bees

If you want to keep bees from taking up residence in your yard, it takes a little bit of prevention on your part. First, you’ll want to seal holes that are in your home or other structures

Walk around your home, shed, barn, etc., to look for any holes that a bee might see as an entry point to their next home. Bees only need a quarter of an inch opening to get inside a building, so if you see any holes this size or larger, you should seal them as soon as possible.

Next, you’ll want to reduce the clutter. Bees have been known to improvise when it comes to finding the perfect place for their hive. They will take up residence in old lawn equipment, inside of unused planters, and any place that a human rarely goes. Be diligent in your lawn and garden upkeep and you’ll reduce the number of places a beehive can exist.

Remember that bees are now endangered

Bumblebees are now on the endangered list and should be protected at all times. They are an integral part of our food supply, and without bees, we won’t have a lot of the food we have today.