In San Diego, as in most places, people do not often consider bee-proofing a preventative measure unless they have had previous issues or are currently dealing with one. The process can be long and requires the use of a professional beekeeper so that honeybee hives and wasps’ nests can be removed safely from the property without causing damage. When honeybees or wasps make their home on your property, it can be a risk to people and pets. Business owners should be thinking about how to bee-proof as we move into spring, especially since it is manageable and affordable.
Honeybees Industrious Nature Keep Colonies Coming
Honeybees are arguably one of the hardest working insects. We also need honeybees for pollination, and their role in our ecosystem is critical. When honeybees are looking for a new home for their hive, they keep looking until they find the ideal spot, even if that means an incredibly inconvenient place for you!
Unwanted locations are not limited to outdoor spaces near walkways but inside walls of homes. It is impossible to know every quality that bees look for, but once they find it, it can be challenging to get them to leave. Professional beekeepers know when and how to move bees and keep them from returning to that location. Work with a local beekeeper because they will have experience working with bees in the area and have sites where they can relocate the hive so the bees can survive and continue doing their critical work.
Bee Proofing Saves Frustration, Time, and Money
As mentioned, most people don’t think of bee-proofing, but it is a wise idea to plan, so you can avoid dealing with an established hive after the fact. As homes erode and properties shift, bees might reconsider a location. Every new season brings varied bee activity, and the weather is a significant factor. Although bee-proofing is not 100% guaranteed, deterring bee activity minimizes the chances of a hive being established on your property. If you are unsure how to bee-proof, or need help, contact DTek Live Bee Removal for a professional and affordable approach to bee-proofing.
Bee Proofing Homes and Dwellings
Identify Access Points
Going for a walk around the property is the best first step. Anything access that has more than 1/8 of an inch is vulnerable. Take your time, and once these areas are identified, they can be sealed to keep bees from making that space the front door to their new home. Vents that lead into the dwelling should be checked thoroughly, especially those connected to the attic. The condition of windows, screens, and door frames should be considered when identifying bee access points. Damaged roofs and cracked cement or siding are popular entry sites for bees, so sealing them up ahead of time is an easy way to bee proof.
Eliminate Tempting Locations for Beehive Establishment
Bees have specific locations that are more tempting, and making sure those are gone from your property can keep them moving along to the following location. Yard furniture, trash receptacles, swing sets, wood piles, old tires, and appliances are all havens for bees. Bees are resourceful, so removing extra items that can be tempting to locate a new hive is a smart way to bee proof.
Bees Need Water to Survive
If you are concerned about bees making a home by building a hive on your property, it is best to avoid placing bird baths and outdoor water sources. Bees need water to survive for multiple reasons. Obviously, people can’t relocate a pool or lake, but removing additional water sources that are easily accessible may force bees to find a hive location nearer to convenient water. Beekeepers often have water sources that bees can easily access throughout the day, which should tell you that water is an attraction for bees.
Bee Proofing Isn’t a One-and-Done Process
It would be great if bee-proofing could be done once and never be a reoccurring concern. However, the reality is that bees continue to look for new locations, and things change around dwellings. Keep an eye out for increased bee activity, especially in and out of a particular site. If this exists on your property, you should contact a reputable bee removal company because there is already a hive in your dwelling. As you walk around your property, keep your ears open too. Loud buzzing indicates hive activity, but some hives are well hidden and can only be located by a professional.
As we enter spring, move ahead confidently and take these recommended measures to bee-proof your property. If you already have an active hive on your property and need it removed, please do not try to do it yourself. Call a professional and well-established bee removal company. Professionals have the tools, knowledge, and safety equipment to remove a hive from a property.