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Why do I have bees in the winter?


It’s not a very common problem, but it is a problem none the less.  You’ve probably seen it on your home and not even realized what was happening. It will happen sometime in the early fall or late summer where a couple bee’s or a few wasps are on the side of the house swarming around then suddenly you don’t see them anymore.  There is a good chance they were looking for a home to survive the winter, in the pest control industry we call this “overwintering”.


9 times out of 10, you don’t even realize that they are in your home to over winter. They will usually remain in a wall void doing their own thing all winter long and not end up working their way inside, but if you’re one of the unlucky few that end up seeing them inside, I have some bad news for you. There’s not a lot that can be done to solve the problem, and you’ll end up having to decide to either wait it out or attempt to find the nest.  As a home owner, I’d understand why you wouldn’t want to wait it out and would have that sense of urgency to find and remove the problem as soon as possible.  As a professional, I must advise you that not only is that going to be incredibly difficult, the damage that you’ll end up doing to your home to locate the nest (unless you get super lucky and locate it immediately) will be significant.


The problem with locating a nest in your house when the location of the nest is unknown is just that.. You have no idea where the nest is.  Sure, you might be able to make a few educated guesses, me as a professional I can make a few educated guesses as well, but at the end of the day short of having the ability to see through walls there is no way to know where that nest is.  So now that we don’t know where the nest is but you’re being adamant about having that nest removed we have to start tearing into things.  We can listen for buzzing, or a vibrating, but during the winter these guys don’t move so much.  Of course, tearing into the wall to remove the nest is a lot of the times unavoidable but we try not to tear into anything unless we absolutely have to.


To summarize all of this, bee’s will use your home’s attic & wall voids to survive the winter months, usually they will leave you alone but sometimes you might find a few stragglers.  My professional opinion is to wait it out, when the weather warms up that’s when it would be the smartest to take care of them.  Feel free to call Spectrum Pest Control if you have a bee problem 412-532-1380.


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