Most bees are harmless and are of great benefit to the environment, pollinating our flowers, trees, vegetables, nuts and fruit. But at times bees may build a nest in the worst possible place, such as beneath the eaves of your home. In that case, it’s a good idea to call a professional to remove the bee’s nest and dispose of or transport the bees to a safer location where they pose no threat to you.
Wasp nests and bee nests should only be removed by a professional. Do not probe the nest with a stick, rock, or anything else, because once the nest is penetrated, the bees or wasps may swarm and sting. Also, do not spray any insecticides on the nest, as this may only disturb the bees or wasps inside and they may attack.
There are many kinds of bees: carpenter bees, mason bees, bumble bees, yellow jackets, and others. And to the inexperienced eye, many types of wasps are mistaken for bees. Contrary to popular misconceptions, most bees do not sting – but those that do cause an extraordinary amount of discomfort and can even be life threatening for those allergic to bee stings.
Dave Balliet, owner of County Pest Control in Emmaus, PA., is an expert beekeeper. He will examine the suspected nest, let you know what kind of bee or wasp is living there, and safely remove it from the premises. If the bees in question are honeybees, they will be removed from your property and will be transported to The Old Mill Apiary in Macungie, where they will spend their days making honey.