This 100 plus year old plantation home in Talladega, Alabama had had a honey bee problem for likely decades.
I am assuming that the previous owners must of put up with the bees, enjoyed having them around, or just didn't know how to get rid of them. The honey bees had built their nest in the eaves. The very dark brown stained brick is their entry point, stained by the bees coming and going for years and stained by honey dripping down. Other locations on the eaves had signs of possible honey bee infestations at some point as well.
The house had been sold and the new owners did not want to share their house with the bees! They had seen bees coming and going and that is why they called Southeast Bee Removal. I had thought I was coming to remove an active colony. But after opening the soffit of the eaves, I was disappointed to discover it was a dead-out.
A dead-out of a honey bee colony is just that: the bees die out from an established colony. It could be from the cold, starvation from lack of honey reserves in the winter, varroa mites, a weak colony that gets over run by other pest, or something else.
Although a dead-out, this colony still had honey and wax in it. The remains of the hive were continuing to attract honey bees from around the area making it appear like a healthy colony of bees. If nothing had been done, it is very likely that a new honey bee swarm would have found that location and eventually moved in again to keep the cycle going.
This was a messing nasty removal. I had to remove a lot of wax month damage and wax moth and hive beetle larva. On some jobs that are really bad, I have to grab handfuls of maggot like worms by the 1000s. When working with the nest above my head they tend to drop down and get stuck in the hair. It is truly one of my least favorite of all removal jobs. Sometimes the bees were killed by inexperienced pest control exterminators or an unknowing homeowner. However, when the problem won't go away a professional bee removal expert is left with the mess.
I did completely clean out the cavity, fill the void with insulation to prevent re-infestation, and repair the soffit, as well as seal the gaps between the brick and the soffit along the entire eaves.
When the entire bee hive is removed and the area sealed properly, the honey bee problem should be permanently solved. Our aim is to do the job right the first time, so you never have a problem with bees there again!
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