Honeybees form an elaborate colony system and each bee within the hive serves a distinct purpose for the survival of the entire colony. Worker bees are most commonly seen as they collect pollen outside of the hive. The worker bees are also responsible for maintaining the structure of the hive and caring for any larvae. The survival of the colony is largely dependent upon the queen bee and only a few of the larvae will develop into queen bees. If a hive produces more than one queen at a time, one may leave the hive and start a new colony. New queens will mate with drone bees and will be able to lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
Honeybees may swarm when a new queen leaves the hive to start a new colony or the old hive becomes overcrowded. The swarm is composed of the new queen, a few drones and worker bees from the old colony. Though the swarm may look menacing its purpose is to find a location to build a hive and swarming bees do not typically sting. Bee swarms generally moves on within 2 to 3 hours but may last up to a few days.
If honeybees choose to build a hive inside the structure of your home, you may hear a buzzing sound inside of your walls or attic space. Left untreated the hive may cause damage to drywall as the honey oozes inside the wall cavity. The sweetness of the honey may also attract other insects or mice to feed.
Pest Masters technicians are able to locate bee access points. Based upon the inspection, our technicians refer to a beekeeper for humane bee removal and relocation. However, we are able to treat to neutralize the hive if necessary. We also offer services to open the area of concern and remove the beehive after it has been treated. Once all accessible organic debris has been removed, we can repair the area and seal against future bee entry. By doing so, we can protect your home against unwanted damage and secondary infestations.