Article by Chris Clowers
On a Summer day I was enjoying my deck at my residence when I noticed some trouble buzzing around a support post. No, it couldn’t be. Yes, it is. Bees! Bees are living in the cornice of my patio and I had no idea until now. I am very aware of everything that happens at my home and I was very amazed to learn that I had a colossal bee infestation on the rear of my residence.
This bee nest is the worst kind because it cannot be seen. Bees are moving in and out through a crack between the brick and the molding and have made a nest in a very well protected area. Since the nest is not visible, I have no idea what size of bee infestation that I have.
At first, I noticed a ginormous swarm of bees from the time of lunch to mid evening. A swarm so huge that I cant sit outside anymore from fear of getting a bee sting. I don’t even know what kind of bee has infested my home. I go to my computer and search for bee information. What I find is pretty good. I have honey bees. This type of bee is not the aggressive Africanized bee that has come to North America in recent years.
Secondly, I searched for bee keepers, exterminators, animal services and fire department. Far from expected, no one will bother with bees except bee keepers. Keepers are not ultra expensive neither cheap. Every price I was given seemed unfairly high. Many I contacted didn’t return my calls or email. With my experience unfolding rapidly, I decided to buy bee killer and spray it in the hole of the nest at night when the bees are not active. Not much good came from the bug spray.
After using several containers of spray, I begun to understand that I have a serious problem and unless I forfeit much money, I can’t convince anyone to help me. Public services even sighed in hopelessness and said to call a bee specialist. I applied borax powder and spread it at the opening of the bee hive, but that didn’t work either.
Next, I initiated a serious search on the web for a solution. There should be something I can do without having to spend an unacceptable amount of money to clean my house of a pest that numbers in the thousands. Each one with a little stinger on it. After much time of internet searching and trying other insignificant solutions, I found something that I never thought about.
A bug zapper is the last idea I would expect to kill a bee colony. I read several reviews and saw favorable feedback. The best part is that I didn’t need to get one. I already had a bug zapper. I over looked it a few days prior when I was looking for a bee solution. I placed the electronic bug killing fryer next to the bee hive passage and plugged it in. Immediately, I see smoke, sparks and hear frying sounds. Bees are dying.
After several days of this I quickly realized that I have too many bees that I need something in symphony or the extermination could take too long time. From previous internet browsing, I remembered seeing videos of bee professionals using vacuum cleaners to collect problem bees. I sprang to get my garage vacuum cleaner and mounted the hose up the brick support positioning the end at the bee hive opening.
I plugged in the vacuum cleaner and the results were fantastic. A few hours of vacuum cleaner use far exceeded the bug zapper. I highly recommend using the two methods together to fight a serious infestion which is what I had. All other recommendations I found applauds removing the bee combs once the bees are not active. I will try my luck and not remove the hive but I will fill the bee hive holes with insulation to prevent more bees entering the eve area of my house to make another hive.
I am compelled to announce this information with the rest of the free world because I think it is a pity that home owners cant get help with this kind problem without wasting lots of money. The methods I listed above do work, but be careful as to not receive bee stings.
This is a short video of my setup.
The same setup a short time later.
About the Author
I enjoy the art of Home Building. I have been a home builder for more than a decade and have websites. Visit me at YeraBuilder.com