image I didn't get around to posting for the last couple of days because a major situation developed in my house. We discovered that an entire wall in our guest room is home to a colony of bees. What a nightmare. I thought (hoped) it was some kind of hoax at first, because I didn't know that bees will build hives inside of walls. But sadly, it's very real. I spent the last two days moving furniture around, getting everything ready for the exterminator to come next week. But as much as it sucks to discover these uninvited guests in my house, I'm dying of curiosity to see what the hive looks like once the exterminator knocks down the drywall. Plus, now that I know they're there, I'm running into the guest room every couple of minutes to put my ear up to the wall and listen to them buzzing around. It's very creepy.


Posted on Mon Oct 18, 2004


Is the beekeeper going to relocate or destroy the hive?

Aren't foreign invader species like honeybees fun? (They're native to Europe.)
Posted by Carl Fink  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  06:29 AM
This seems to happen in Florida all of the time. Most people get excited about the honey.
Posted by Maegan  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  09:20 AM
Why does the exterminator have to take out the dry wall? We had the same problem in my house. One bee even found an opening into the house and stung me. That's how we found out about them. But we didn't have to tear down the wall to kill them. Just dumped some powder stuff in the hole they were using as access to the hive.
Posted by Frederick J. Barnett  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  09:28 AM
Note that you can have beekeepers deal with it, and save the bees and the honey, rather than just killing them all.

I believe that bees were brought over on purpose, for the honey. They naturalized pretty quickly, though. These days, bees don't survive long away from human care, because of the various diseases and mites that have developed.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  09:36 AM
cvirtue ur a hippie HIPPIE hahahaha...
Posted by fish  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  10:49 AM
I thought about relocating them rather than killing them... but it's more expensive to relocate them, and we just don't have the money for that right now. Anyway, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of bees around San Diego.

The drywall has to come down because the hive is huge. We're guessing maybe a 300lb hive. It stretches across at least 8 ft. of wallspace. And all that honey has to be removed otherwise it'll attract more bees and insects. Removing the drywall is the only way to get rid of it.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  12:36 PM
I lived in a house with wooden walls. Not wood panelling, wooden walls. We'd had a problem with carpenter ants for a while and then, it just stopped. Never ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, we were happy with this new development. Then, the huge, black wasps started showing up in the kitchen. Seems they had discovered a way into the walls from outside and they decided to kill all of the carpernter ants. Then, the decided to invade the house. Enough was enough, and we were looking for an excuse to take down the wooden walls and replace them with gypsum ones, so the wasps had to go. I remember taking a claw hammer to the walls and yanking pieces of the boards down from the walls. There was the biggest nest int he walls which I covered in some kind of toxic spray. I was covered heat to toe in clothing and I had goggles over my eyes. In the end, they died, and we got new walls.

Sorry to wasp lovers, but I wasn't going to save the wasps. They were angry and there were 2 people who have allergies to the stings in that house.
Posted by Ga  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  12:46 PM
What if they' KILLER BEES!!!!
Can you still sleep tonight, Alex....... :ahhh:
Posted by Paul  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  05:09 PM
The same thing happened to me, except it was bats instead of bees. But we called the batman and they were harmlessly relocated. \

Alex you live in SAN DIEGO???
you must be a chargers fan!! how about them padres!! how is the zoo?
Posted by john  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  06:37 PM
san diego is a very bee-laden city. about seven or eight years ago, a huge swarm of bees came into my yard. it literally covered most of the property. very strange.
Posted by chloe  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  09:22 PM
I had the bees in walls thing myself a few years back.. It was right in the bathroom, which was distracting while taking a shower..

They may just spritz poison into there, rather than cause damage to the house getting them out. Mine were just under the siding, so they were able to puff in some smoke and get them out that way (note: Buy some air fresheners if they go the smoke routine.. They use stuff that makes your entire house smell like licorice for weeks!)

Bees'll use just about any good-sized crevice to build a hive, really. We've got some in an old palm tree (sans top), occupying an old woodpecker hole, as well as some in the dumpster area at work. I've been told they like old plywood and prefer vertical areas to horizontal (it's why you get them in walls, but not basements or attics).
Posted by Bobcat  on  Mon Oct 18, 2004  at  09:56 PM
But! ...the bees are our friends!
Posted by Peter  on  Tue Oct 19, 2004  at  10:25 AM
chloe: "sand diego is a very bee-laden city..." I hope you're not referring to Osama Bee Laden.
Posted by john  on  Tue Oct 19, 2004  at  03:07 PM
peter another hippie god damn hippies...
Posted by fish  on  Tue Oct 19, 2004  at  03:46 PM
Alex- Did you take pictures? I would love to see a 300 pound hive (especially if it is nowhere close to me...)

Posted by Karen V  on  Tue Oct 19, 2004  at  05:15 PM
Karen, the exterminator is scheduled for Thursday. I'm going to ask him to take pictures, though I'm not getting anywhere near the bees myself.

John, yeah, how about those Chargers and the Padres. Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm, but they're not the easiest teams in the world to get enthusiastic about. Now the SD zoo, on the other hand, is awesome.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Oct 19, 2004  at  11:44 PM
I hope that you're talking about honey bees, otherwise, I've got a bone to pick with you. A lot of people get honey bees mixed up with wasps and hornets. Personally, I hate hornets and yellowjackets and wasps but honey bees, I can deal with them; both my parents are beekeepers. If you've got wasps in your house, I feel for you, if you've got honey bees in your walls, you are in for it when the exterminator has left. I knew a family that had bees in the walls of their house for two years or so before they managed to get rid of it. The only problem was, when it got hot outside the honeycomb started to melt and they had honey dripping through the cracks! No kidding, I know these people. There have been cases such as this! You might be better to take apart the whole wall where the bees are and make sure you get the honeycomb out. And I wouldn't worry too much about being too close to the hive; bees are actually a lot nicer than wasps and yellow jackets (my mom goes into the hive all the time and she's only been stung twice this year--both times she squised them and they stung in self-defence). Good luck!
Posted by Sue  on  Wed Oct 20, 2004  at  01:34 PM
I went to the san diego zoo when I was a little kid. All I remember was a greenhouse full of birds with artificial rain. Have fun in the town I wish I lived in.
Posted by john  on  Wed Oct 20, 2004  at  03:09 PM
A friend of mine just had the same problem and they had to tear down the walls as well. He said they had to get the hive and the HONEY out otherwise mice, ants and Ewoks would move in for the free meal. You gotta be careful about those Ewok infestations.....
Posted by danklife  on  Wed Oct 20, 2004  at  08:53 PM
I did bee removal for a few years and if its honey bees you have in your wall they are protected
and illegal to spray and when dead wont cool a possible 200 to 300 pounds of honey that will leak out of your light fixtures outlets and drywall when it melts Also unless all bee propolis is removed and the wall cavity is painted any swarming bees in a nine mile radius will possibly re-infest your actually supposed to disclose if you've had bees when you sell your house if it yellow jackets spray away before thy try and make there nest round and chew a hole through your sheetrock into your house
sorrry tooo much caffiene
Posted by Jakal  on  Thu Aug 02, 2007  at  04:59 AM
I think we should be very careful with our bees, they're extremely important to food production.

Before people think about killing bees, perhaps they should learn a little about them first.

Posted by Geoff  on  Tue Apr 15, 2008  at  06:22 AM
I got pretty much same situation, i have bumblebees nesting somewhere behind the wall in my basement, so every day and catch - release 1 or 2 baby bumblebee. Kinda creepy.. :cheese:
Posted by Gennadiy  on  Thu Aug 05, 2010  at  06:54 PM
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