They aren’t … So mum and dad wasps are like crack heads with the supply cut off hence annoying you in the pub beer garden later in summer,especially if you have a sugary alcohol style drink. While some people may advise you to just shoot the nest with a store-bought bee spray or water, know that these sprays can make even the most docile bees … going up a ladder to the roof to collect a swarm is not a very appealing idea even if you know what you are doing. haha look before you poke. Thanks danny. Mind you, even if it was the best pun in the world, I don’t think I could bring myself to link to anything by the second most egotistical man in pop. Not heard of tree bees before. An effective substitute is to apply treatment to the scout bees lingering around your home. If you could take a picture I could give you some great access advice. Once you have removed flying insects from the soffit area, you need to go back and fill up any small cracks that might let them get back in. When choosing flowers for your entry, remember that wasps and bees are attracted to yellow and … Just seen that a round soffit vent has fallen out and there’s a steady stream of bees going in and out the hole. I have a bee vacuum that I made is my best bet to remove the soffit/fasica and try to remove everything. They’ll be gone in a few months and don’t do damage. Boxes, bbq’s , trash cans, junk lying around the yard. They could be masonary bees which like to live in walls in which case they very rarely return to the same place to set up home. IIRC the conclusion was that a bee-keeper will happily take away honey bees and can relocate non-honey bee nests. Removing Bees from Under Soffit. Whatcha gonna do? I tore open the underside to get to them and my bee vacuum was pretty useless. JavaScript is disabled. Bees are beneficial to us for many reasons, so it’s best to avoid methods that kill them off. We had bumble bees last summer and they are back again this year. The hive is doing well with the first batch of brood now beginning to hatch, drawing comb and building up nicely in my back yard. First you'll need to determine if it's wood soffit, aluminum soffit, vinyl soffit, or wood covered by aluminum or vinyl soffit. 😯. In this video, I show you how to easily prevent wasps, bees, and hornets from building hives around your house. The topic ‘Bee's In My Soffit What Am I Going To Do?’ is closed to new replies. I started a very similar thread last summer. checking in as i have a similar problem and MrsMomo is convinced that they will get in to the loft and eat the house, or something, [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_-vxAFcQIU[/video]. One bee isn’t going to cause a problem. Let them do their thing and it will sort itself out. Learned something! If i just leave them bee will they do any damage? Whatcha gonna do? This is an ongoing yearly problem. Bees are cool, m’kay? Once the soffit is out of the way, they are inside setting up house in the … Ninja, is not in the dictionary. The Vented Soffit comes with an industry leading 10 square inches of net free air flow per square foot, allowing circulation through the home’s roof system to prevent moisture damage. It solves it because of the microwoven fiberglass makes it difficult for unwanted wind … Cut-out would be quicker especially if they are newly established. If they are honey bees and have decided to set up house in yours wild colonies unfortionately rarely survive a winter by themselves so no worries there. Expect these to attract new bees. If there are any bees left brush them off. We have some that have moved into a bird box. We’re leaving them there; it’s nice to have them to be honest. They could be masonary bees which like to live in walls in which case they very rarely return to the same place to set up home. Something by Sting, perhaps. Prepare Insecticide. … Apply the Insecticide… This will keep out pests without restricting airflow through the vent holes. We left well alone. They are fascinating and beautiful little beasts and mine produce great honey! After battling with them and the spray, turning the lights out, we all left the house for the night and called the bee people from work. Privacy Screening the vents is optional; vents are slant cut to prevent … They had only been there 3 days but they had built 6 combs the center one was 6 inches long. Soffit Repair To Keep Critters Out of Attic 12.11.2006 - One of the most common areas that animals use to enter an attic is the soffit. Contact Us You could ask another local beekeeper but going up a ladder to the roof to collect a swarm is not a very appealing idea even if you know what you are doing. In addition, cracks and other openings in eaves allow birds to enter homes, creating even more problems . If its honey bees, phone a beekeeper (however if the swarm is properly moved in, there isn’t a lot they can do). So that’s how you teach kids about the Birds and the Bees 🙂, said not to bee worried about them as they’d not bee able to cause any damage. Carpenter bees are borng into the fascia boards and rafters on my porch. My house has vinyl siding. Once the bee removal experts have vacuumed most of the bees into the bee box and cut out all of the combs, they will spray the soffit with a bee repellent to prevent bees from returning to the area to form a new nest. Forum Rules What I had thought was an old bee hive hanging from the tree, was in fact a 1m+ long bee nest, a good 20cm thick at it’s base, covered in bees, from the ground it looked like it was just dark brown and dead, turns out the dark brown was covered in little curious bees. Tarping. After dusting in the void where the wasps have a built a nest you can try spraying the siding with a product such as Talstar P. You can spray once a month and any wasp that … Seen regular honey bees nesting in trees. Prevent a new problem by making sure that the old one is taken care of thoroughly. It’s one of the more common places bees enter in order to build their hives. Hi. Couldn’t really leave it there with the swarm going mad whenever the lights were on, and it was too high up to cut down. I did a soffit removal about 3 weeks ago. Student at work keeps bees back home and not interested in moving them…. Ours turned out to be tree bees, a fairly social kind of bumblebee. How to Eliminate Bees Living in Exterior Siding. Buzzing away on top of ceiling plasterboard directly above our bed – Alison’s side luckily :-). Have you checked the other side of the house (the A Side)? Simply stuffing a crack between the soffit and a … A soffit is the underside area of your roof overhang. Just spoken to a swarm collector who said not to bee worried about them as they’d not bee able to cause any damage and they’d bee on their way soon enough. I've collected swarms before and even removed a colony built into the kitchen ceiling of an old abandoned farmhouse, but a neighbor has a colony that has built into the soffict/fascia. Once gone will be plugging up any gaps and getting rid of nest remains. When we moved into our new house, first evening I popped out to do some shopping to receive a call from Mrs Q that we were under attack from a swarm of angry bees who had been attracted by the light. Someone asked a similar question the other day. With other bees, I can’t imagine they’d be a problem, they’re not aggressive/annoying like wasps. Because these areas provide necessary protection, they are a very attractive place for bees to create a colony. Bee’s love a box or old piece of furniture … I have a yellow jacket nest in the soffit (eaves) of my house. Bee Bee, let them Bee Link Removal Classifieds Rules is not in any way affiliated with. You’re gonna fix those bees that’s what you’re gonna do, My father used to collect swarms and re-home them…, Local council probably the best bet – I know that local bee-keepers used to register with some councils, I spoke to a bee keeper on thursday last week, wouldn’t touch them as they’re not honey bees, would only intervene if they posed a threat to someone or were inside the house (not just loft). It could be a swarm that’s looking for a new home, the bees will swarm, find a stop gap home for a few days and then move on to somewhere more suitable. What’s the best plan? Have to ask my bee guru next week. Buy hardware cloth with 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch openings. I’ve seen them in the garden for a few years running but they’ve never stopped before. Attention homeowners! Bees often go inside of attics or parapet walls at the roof because of the elevated location and protection against predators. We had wasps last year on the other side of the house, they got the poison gas treatment. 🙂. I was wondering if traping with a cone trap, a bait hive, and using a bee goo or some other scent would drive most of the bees … Just seen that a round soffit vent has fallen out and there’s a steady stream of bees going in and out the hole. Eric great job of relocating the hives… we had some bees begin to start a hive in the attic through a soffit vent and I tried, successfully at first and then ultimately unsuccessfully to ‘smoke’ them out of the attic using incense (the only combustible I could rustle up) It irritated them enough for them to stop … They were a lot more welcome than the wasps who moved in the year before. They’re tree bees apparently. It could be a swarm that’s looking for a new home, the bees will swarm, find a stop gap home for a few days and then move on to somewhere more suitable. Bee guys burnt the nest. The GAF Cobra vent (not the country or snow country cobra) ridge vent can help solve this problem. Beekeeping is my hobby, home renovations is my living. Apply the insecticide by squirting the bottle over the openings that the bees are using. Remove the soffit covering if any and cut the comb out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27701591. Bees on the other hand are well cool and do everything for the greater good. They find the perforations easy to clasp with their claws as they scrunch and bend the aluminum panels. No damage but the stripey arsed feckers will steal the nectar from your flowers, if you let them be. You’ve started me off now, pity poor Geoff tonight on our two pint Tuesday meet up. Bee's In My Soffit What Am I Going To Do? Keep the area around your entry well maintained to deter them from building nests there. Locate the Nests. The soffit is technically the bottom of the eave. I used smoke (heavily at times) and cut the hanging mass into the nuc I was holding. Most helpful. Now that is interesting, we had this a few weeks ago, swarming under the soffit, but no sign of them now. I think. This is easy to stop. It actually makes sense if you think … Most … When they come for you? From the grammar of the thread title, I wouldn’t worry. They got noisy enough to consider extermination last week but now gone a bit quieter. It's been there for about 2 weeks. … Since the nest is in your siding, you have never seen it, only the bees entering and exiting. This will prevent the scout bees from informing the swarm of the potential nesting spot… And when they move out/die/get poisoned/etc, lots of other creepy crawlies start getting very interested in the remaining honeycomb. Birds nesting in soffit vents may become hostile when residents venture too close. They prefer being inside as opposed to being outside, nonetheless bees can build on the outside but its not near as common. Installing a chimney cap is a good way to prevent them from moving in. VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada, is an independent enthusiast website owned and operated by Content on is generated by its users. If you see bees, wasps, or yellow jackets going into a small hole in the side of your house or under the eaves, etc… but you can’t see their hive or nest, DO … Next, they close the soffit and seal it with caulk for extra protection against future invasion. And, luckily, there are easy, natural solutions to keep bees … The bee population has been in decline since 2006, and insecticides are a big part of that. Come join the discussion about breeding, honey production, health, behavior, hives, housing, adopting, care, classifieds, and more! Make sure you also spray the … It doesn’t appear many got the song reference. Put on a beekeeper suit -- the all-white suit and helmet you see beekeepers wear to avoid being stung -- before attempting to get the bees from the soffit, and clear everyone from … In the picture below These bees … Premier Partners for Singletrack issues & exclusive subscriber perks, Metcheck MTB Weather Forecasts At A Glance, Singletrack Wisecracker Headset Spacer Bottle Opener, British Cycling Reveals New Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, Fresh Goods Friday 535 – Bringing colour to your life, Josh Bryceland asks riders to stop digging, This topic has 31 replies, 20 voices, and was last updated. Bees really are suffering at the moment from pesticides and invasive pests. I was kind of hoping there might bee a few more puns and song references. Bees often enter homes and structures through attic ventilation holes. Other types of animals and insects to look out for include bees… Newsletter Settings, Viewing 32 posts - 1 through 32 (of 32 total). I found the queen afterwards and marked her. How can I prevent new boring sites each year? Well played Ninja's, well played... A forum community dedicated to beekeeping, bee owners and enthusiasts. Ours are crawling up the wall behind soffit and doing a fair hike to end up under loft insulation. Got back to find 1000s of bees all over the house and garden. I've tried spraying the foaming wasp killer … Wasps get angry as they feed off their young who produce a sugary type substance but stop doing this as they mature. Cones and vacuums are just extra weight if you can reach the space. You will need a little handy knowledge for the soffit removal/replacement if you want a professional job. 2. I went up the ladder and had a poke around in the vent hole before i realised they were in there. For ground dwelling bees, which tend to be less aggressive, but can still do plenty of … Where the siding meets the concrete foundation of the house, bees are going up there and I assume they’re building a hive of some sort. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Make all necessary repairs immediately. But I’d have left the bees to themselves. Login/cookie issues? if you love somebody, let them Bee…. Make sure you hit all exits, perhaps referring to the points that you taped off. Try to get some pics from various angles for best results. Come mid July, they’d all disappeared. Hardware cloth also comes in 1/2-inch mesh, but that is too … what would you rather bee or a wasp!!!!!!!!!! For example, if the top of the chimney is open, this may allow birds to escape the elements by nesting in the flue. The main danger with live honey bees is the comb can drip and get everywhere. 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