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Structural Damage Caused by Bee Hives

Honeybees buzzing around your property may be a welcome addition for gardeners and naturists. Unfortunately, their beehives can cause significant structural damage to your home if left unchecked. When you hear or see bees gathering in a certain area near your home, it’s time to call the bee removal experts for help.

The most common damage caused by bees is not from the bees themselves but from the wax and honey. Honey is a great attractor of other creatures such as small rodents and other insects.  Those types of pests will inflict their own kind of damage when trying to get to the hive.

When bees abandon a hive or begin spreading to other areas, the honey left behind is likely to drip and even ferment. Homeowners will first notice a strange smell coming from the area, and then a corresponding stain on the walls or ceilings. That is a sure sign that honey has made its way out of the hive and into your structure.

The waxy substance of a beehive produces its own set of problems as well. In high temperatures, the wax can actually melt. The melted wax will leave a similar stain on walls and ceilings. A hive is much easier to remove when it’s intact and not melted into hard to reach areas. For this reason, you should try to determine the extent of the infestation right away.

The larger issue with wax from live and abandoned hives is damage from wax moths. These bugs will take over both abandoned hives and areas of existing hives that are not occupied for their nest. Wax is the perfect safe place for the insects to reproduce. Once the new moths have hatched, they will start to chew and eat through the wood in surrounding structures.

The bee’s building activity when creating a new hive may leave behind damage to your home as well. To attach the hive to interior walls and lining, the bees will eat away at the materials that insulate your home. The moisture barrier in the walls can be compromised which will leave you susceptible to water leaks. Dry rot and mold are common side effects of this kind of bee damage.

Despite your like or dislike of bees, their hives can definitely cause structural damage to your home. If bees are present, a safe bee hive extraction is recommended. You can save yourself from costly repairs by being proactive and taking action right away. Don’t wait until you have visible damage to check your property for hives.

Please remember, if you do find an active beehive to call an expert trained in hive removal. Don’t try to remove it yourself.

Little Giant Beekeepers is available to assist with fast and easy bee removal services in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. We offer several options for bee removal and other stinging insects, and can help answer your questions about preventing bee infestations.

Please call us today for help at 972-980-0923. We always get our bee!

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