What Should You Know About The Honeybees In Your Garage?

Posted on: 20 September 2016

If you find a large honeybee hive in your garage, you may panic and attempt to remove it yourself. Removing a beehive without professional help can be potentially deadly. You don't know if the beehive contains regular bees or the Africanized honeybee. Although both types of honeybees can sting, Africanized honeybees can be very aggressive and potentially dangerous to humans because they attack whether provoked or unprovoked. Here's more information about the bees in your garage and how you can get rid of them safely.

What Should You Know About Honeybees?

Honeybees typically live in large hives that contain as many as 20,000 members, including a queen and different types of workers. In most cases, bees live and inhabit the wild without coming into any conflict with humans. But sometimes, honeybees build nests or hives inside human structures. This is when humans and bees come into conflict.

Bees may have constructed a hive in your garage for a number of reasons, including to avoid birds and other predators or to raise and protect their members during the cold season. The insects typically forage for food in the summer and use it to survive during winter. Honeybees also use human shelters to extend or grow their colonies. Your garage may be isolated enough to make the bees feel safe and secure.

One of the things you should never do is disturb the hive. Honeybees can become aggressive when defending their territory, hives and members, especially Africanized honeybees, also known as killer bees. Africanized bees are hybrids, or crossbreeds, of the European honeybee and African honeybee. The two species can mate in the wild and in domestic settings.

Although the European species usually swarm and attack when provoked, they do so in small numbers. However, killer bees swarm in large groups and may chase their victims for up to a quarter of a mile before backing off. If you have allergies to insect stings, you may face skin and respiratory distress from the attack. Some individuals can succumb to insect stings if they experience allergic reactions to them. There are safer ways to remove the hive and protect your garage.

How Do You Eliminate the Beehive Safely?

The first thing you might do is contact a bee removal service for help. A bee removal company will generally put on safety gear before entering the garage to inspect the insects inside it. Regular clothing may not protect you from bee stings.

The company's contractors may attempt to identify the bees in your garage before removing them and the hive. Although European honeybees and Africanized bees look similar to each other on first glance, killer bees are somewhat smaller than the European species. The contractors may take sample bees back to a laboratory for identification, or they may already have the knowledge to identify the species right away. In any case, the contractors will generally take extra safety precautions to subdue and calm the insects, such as spraying bee removal sprays in the garage and on the hive. Afterward, contractors remove the entire hive and any bees associated with it.

To keep your garage free of honeybees of any kind, have it inspected and treated by pest control regularly, even during the winter. Bees are active all year round, even if you don't see them. Also, be aware of the bees in your garden, landscape, and other places with plants. If the bees become overly aggressive, even when unprovoked, move away from the area and contact pest control.

For more information and tips about the honeybees living in your garage, schedule an appointment with your local bee removal company today.