Bees Under the Eaves or inside attic
A very common place to find bees around your home is actually inside an eave or roof. Do not attempt to remove the bees yourself or spray them with pesticides or water. This will only anger the bees and they will be likely to attack you. Since, there could be as many as 40 to 60 thousand bees in your eave, they will need to vacuumed up or sprayed if inside the attic, the honey comb should be removed as well. It’s best to hire a professional bee removal service to handle this type of situation. Things can really messy and sticky quickly if not done right.
Why Do Bees Go Under My Eaves or in the attic ?
Bees often go inside of attics or parapet walls at the roof because of the elevated location and protection against predators. They prefer being inside as opposed to being outside, nonetheless bees can build on the outside but its not near as common. In the picture below These bees have protection from the rain & sun. They love to build honeycomb inside of structures this way they can attach the comb to the walls around them selves.
How Is the honeycomb removed from the attic?
To clean out honeycomb from an attic or parapet wall the roof or wall must be cut open. This allows access to the hive. The comb is then carefully removed. Its not uncommon to remove honey and comb that weighs up around 150 pounds or more.
The honeycomb must be cleaned out and wiped down then inside the roof sprayed out with deodorizing sealer. Next the void is packed with insulation to occupy the area, then framed, re-roofed and place tile back or patch a foam roof or Stucco wall.
Why should the honeycomb be removed ?
Honeycomb left in walls or roofs should be removed to prevent meltdown of honey. In the summer months its common to have honey leaking out of the walls and roofs. This always attracts more bees. Unborn larva can often have foul orders that can permeate through the walls. It also prevents future infestations as well as other insects that may be attracted to the sweet honey.