This colony of honey bees had swarmed and moved into the bottom of the bay window a couple of months before Southeast Bee Removal was called out to this Macon home. The bees made very quick work and expanded into a large hive with a good bit of honeycomb for such a short time.
A storm was approaching and you can see the honey bees coming home to their nest before the rain came. I actually had to stop in the middle of the removal and sit in my van for 20 min. because it started raining so hard.
For a bay window bee removal, the bees will be either at the top under the roof or at the bottom in the floor joist. If the bees are at the top it is best to take shingles and plywood off and get the nest out that way. Some bay windows have a metal roof, and for those instances the only choice may be to go through the drywall ceiling on the inside. Fortunately, since the bees were underneath the window they could be removed by taking off a section of the soffit, which would make for a slightly easier removal.
Before we ever do any cutting of a structure, we try our best to determine exactly where the bees are at. A laser or infrared thermometer can be used for this. That way we do as little damage to your house as possible and less repair work will be needed. We have come to houses that have been torn apart in a failed attempt to find the bee hive. With our knowledge of bee behavior, construction experience, and the right tools this will not happen. 99% of the time we are able to locate the bees before doing any cutting. I say 99% of the time because there is an occasional odd instance where it has been very difficult to determine where the bees are. This is usually only with very small bee hives or unusual construction of the building.
Most of the time, by just asking a few questions on the phone or seeing a picture of the outside of the house we know exactly where the honey bees are without even stepping foot on the property. That is how we can give you a fast free bee removal estimate without the delay of having to set up a separate appointment for this.
More Pictures of this Macon honeybee removal.
Here is the initial look at the bee hive after first opening the soffit.
The comb, bees, and honey have all been removed.
Location where bees were is bee proofed, soffit is repaired and sealed with white caulk that can be painted over, and all other nearby gaps are sealed to prevent reinfestation of bees. Notice there are some stragglers or field bees coming back to the nest. This is normal. They are unable to get back in and will go away within a few days to a week typically.