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Bees are some of the oldest living organisms, their history dating back millions of years. Today, there are about 4,000 species in the United States alone. Although often seen as pests, these stinging insects play an important role in keeping plant and crop populations healthy. In fact, bees sustain modern farming by pollinating about one-third of all U.S. crops. However, those that build their colonies on, near, or inside homes and buildings can cause problems for homeowners.

Appearance

While appearance varies from species to species, most bees have similar physical traits. Their bodies are between one-half of an inch and one inch in length, with four wings and yellow, orange, or brown stripes along their dark backs. Almost all bees also have fine hair covering their bodies, used for gathering pollen.

Diet

Pollen and nectar from flowers are bees’ main food sources. In fact, many nectar-producing flowers reflect ultraviolet light from their petals, acting like beacons to the pests. The job of collecting this food falls to worker bees, which are responsible for feeding themselves and the rest of the colony. Once gathered, pollen is mixed with nectar to form beebread, a protein-rich treat fed to larvae.

Habitat

Bees likely originated in Africa, as many species still require warm climates and densely wooded areas to survive. In nature, the insects usually build their nests in protected places such as underground, within trees, or beneath branches. However, deforestation has destroyed many native habitats and often forces these pests to live near humans. Regularly watered gardens, meadows, and orchards with plenty of flowers all attract bees. Around homes, hives are often found under roof beams, inside attics, or within walls.

Entry into Homes or Yards

Homeowners may want to identify potential entry points for bees in the spring. During this mating season, large numbers of bees are actively seeking places safe from rain, wind, and predators to build hives. Consequently, they may take advantage of tiny cracks under doors or in foundations.

Problems & Damage

Frequently, bees build nests where people congregate, such as decks and patios. This can be problematic, since roughly 2 million Americans are allergic to bee stings. In fact, severe anaphylactic reactions contribute to the deaths of over 100 people in the U.S. each year. Cosmetic damage to wood where hives have been built is also common. Additionally, nests can be hard to reach and dangerous to remove, as any attempt at relocation will upset the bees inside. In some cases, the pests release pheromones in order to swarm together and attack common enemies.

Prevention & Exclusion

Although people without bee allergies can survive many stings, homeowners should still take steps to prevent the insects from swarming around the house. Remove sources of standing water, such as buckets and bird feeders, as bees collect this water to cool down the hive. Likewise, cover swimming pools when not in use. To prevent entry into homes, seal small cracks in walls, foundations, or roofs and make sure chimneys are covered properly. Block drains, attic vents, and irrigation valve boxes with screens or fine wire mesh.

Trapping, Control & Removal

Bees are helpful insects, pollinating plants that society has come to depend on. For this reason, extermination isn’t recommended. Simple home remedies, like placing open containers of mothballs or vinegar around infested attics or barns, may help to discourage them. However, getting rid of bees without removing their nests is not enough, as hives may get moldy and attract rats. Additionally, bees often take up residence in abandoned nests, so putting off removal may lead to future infestations. For safe and reliable bee control, call the trained professionals at Trutech.