Don’t “BEE” Scared! Save the Bees!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandra Nickel REALTORS

Does the sight of a single bee send you running for cover? Then imagine what finding an entire swarm of bees on your property would be like. But before you freak out, take a deep breath, and remember that they are not there to hurt you. First you must determine what kind of bee you are dealing with. Getting as close as you safely can, take a photo and/or film the entrance to the nest or bees. You can send it to a professional to help you identify what insect it is.

There are many stinging insects out there, but we are going to focus on honeybees. These fuzzy, amber, and brown striped insects are social and live-in colonies with a single queen, a few hundred drones, and thousands of worker bees. They are NOT out to get you, but they will sting if their nest is threatened. There are other, similar looking stinging insects that are more unpredictable like paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. If you encounter a swarm or ball of honeybees, stay calm and follow these procedures:

  1. DON’T PROVOKE THEM

If you see bees, the best policy is to avoid them. Honeybees will leave people alone unless they are provoked. Do not prod their nests with sticks and stones or spray them with water. Think of their colony as having a huge Do Not Disturb sign on it. Do not approach them in any way.

  1. FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM   

Are the bees coming from outside or inside the house? If you have a colony of bees on your property, they can detrimental to the structure of your home.Buzzing sounds inside your walls are a sign that a swarm has taken up residence inside.If this is the case, you will need to call in a professional insect control expert as soon as possible.

  1. DO NOT USE SPRAYS OR INSECTICIDES    

Remember this important fact: Bees are responsible for nearly 80% of all pollination worldwide. Per Greenpeace, seventy of the top 100 human food crops, which supply approximately 90% of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees. In addition, over-the-counter pesticides are not super effective, and you might only end up poisoning yourself and/or your pets. So, please do not use insecticides on them!

  1. DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THEM YOURSELF

Even if the swarm that you found seems small and harmless, unless you are a beekeeper, do not attempt to remove it. This is not a time to try your DIY skills. If you disturb the bees, you will likely get stung…so step away!

  1. CALL A BEE REMOVAL PROFESSIONAL

Yes…this is a thing.There are professional beekeepers that are experts in removing a colony and relocating them safely. Calling a local beekeeper is the best way to determine what needs to be done to remove the colony and keep it from coming back the next year. Southern Sweet Bee LLC

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home (or both), let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500 and check out https://www.homesforsaleinmontgomeryalabama.com for more information!

Photo Credit: honeybeesuite.com, backyardbeekeeping101.com, leicestermercury.co.uk, norcalbees.com

Comments (5)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

We have 5 hives of our own set up in our backyard, and it's currently swarm season here.  We've got various boxes with lures set up to hopefully attract any swarms that may happen.  When there's an actual swarm, the ball of bees is generally very docile at that point, and anyone that knows what they're doing can capture the swarm to relocate them.

Apr 28, 2021 11:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Sandra,  Thanks for sharing the information about the do's and don'ts of bees.   Very valuable information.

Apr 28, 2021 05:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sandra- when I started reading your post I thought of Bill Spear, so I'm glad that he commented above!!! Bees don't frighten me although I've never been in a swarm of them. 

Apr 29, 2021 04:23 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

LOVE THIS Even if the swarm that you found seems small and harmless, unless you are a beekeeper, do not attempt to remove it. This is not a time to try your DIY skills.

May 01, 2021 03:39 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

May 05, 2021 07:28 AM