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How to Handle a Bee Infestation in Your Roof

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How to Handle a Bee Infestation in Your Roof
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You’ve stepped out of your front doors and noticed some bees buzzing around for the past few days. You didn’t think much of it at first, but it appears those bees are here to stay. When you take a closer look, you can see a large nest tucked up under the eaves.

You’ve got a problem as you certainly don’t want bees for a house guest. If you’re dealing with honey bees, honey can actually soak into your home and stain your roofing or walls. The weight of it could also cause roof damage or leaks. You need to figure out how to handle the infestation in your roof.

Why Are Bees Attracted to Your Roof?

When bees are hunting for a good place to build a nest, they follow their instincts. They need a place that will be safe from the elements and any predators. They like it if they can build their home in a dark space, and they want to go deep.

They’re most likely to choose a hollow log, a tree with a large opening, or a space that is tucked between some rocks. Your house also makes a great home for bees. The space beneath your roof and inside your walls provides bees with perfect access that is protected from most dangers.

Resource: Sage Pest Control | What To Do About Bees In or Near Your Home

How to Get Rid of a Bee Infestation

The main rule when you want to eliminate a bee infestation is that it is best not to try and get rid of them yourself. You put yourself at risk of getting stung badly if you go after a swarm of bees. Even if you aren’t allergic, this can be dangerous. You should keep a safe distance from the hive. If possible, go in and out a different entrance until your infestation is gone.

When you are near the bees, don’t do anything to agitate them. Wear long sleeves and pants, and avoid light colors. Contact the experts to come in and take care of your bee problem. You have two options: You can bring in a beekeeper, or you can contact a pest management team. Professionals will come with the proper gear, protective clothing, and the know-how when it comes to removing bees safely from your property.

Resource: CCOHS | Working Safely around Stinging Insects

If bees have made themselves cozy in your house, don’t bother with them by yourself. Contact a professional who knows how to relocate your bee colony. Those bees are about to bug off.