So… You’ve got bees somewhere you don’t want them. There are three real possibilities here:
1) There are bees on your flowering plants. This is normal, and a part of having flowering plants. Sorry, but there’s not really anything I (or anyone else) can do about this, short of putting all of your plants inside of a screened room.
2) You’ve got a ball or cluster of bees hanging out on a tree or other surface. This is what bees do when they swarm. This is half (or so) of a healthy hive that has decided to strike out on its own and find a new place to live. Somewhere in that ball of bees is the queen, whom the other bees are protecting until scout bees return to tell the rest of them about a great spot they found to build a hive.
Most beekeepers will be happy to take a swarm off of your hands. Please do not spray them with water or pesticides. Swarming bees are actually quite docile, since they don’t have a hive to protect, and are unlikely to sting unless harassed. If you’re in the Sacramento area, give me a call or email.
3) There are bees flying in and out of a tree trunk or building on your property. This is probably an established hive. Basically, a swarm landed nearby, and a scout bee found a cozy little spot in your attic or wall or dead tree, and brought its whole family in to set up a home. Aside from the obvious problem of having bees living in your home, hives in walls can attract other insects, mice, and are likely to cause fairly significant property damage if left alone.
Please do not spray them with water or pesticides. Let a beekeeper handle them, if for no reason other than preventing your walls from being flooded with rotting honey. You see, bees build comb out of wax, and store honey (and baby bees, and pollen) in that wax. In Northern California, where our summers can reach temperature of over 100°, the bees in your wall are working their little yellow butts off to keep that wax cool. If you kill the bees, then there’s nothing left to keep that wax from melting, and when it does, it will start leaking honey into the walls, which can not only attract other pests, but soak into your drywall, and eventually absorb moisture from the air and ferment.
If you’re removing the bees, you need to remove the rest of their hive as well. This will, unfortunately, usually involve cutting the wall to get to them. A local beekeeper is the person to call for this job, and because of the amount of work involved, will usually charge an hourly rate.
Again, if you live in the Sacramento area, give me a call or email, or fill out the form below. If I can’t take care of your bee problem, I should be able to refer you to someone that can.