Nearly one-third of our food is the direct result of pollination by insects including honeybees. More than 100 agricultural crops in the US are pollinated by bees. Honeybees are valuable pollinators playing an important role in both native and agricultural crop production. Though some bees are kept by beekeepers in manufactured wooden hives, the most common nesting site is a hollow tree or other cavity. Honeybees will often use a wall void of attic space in a house as a nesting site. In these situations, the decision to take action depends upon the circumstances, often requiring calling in a professional to resolve the situation.
As the weather warms in the spring, pollinating bees become extremely active after period of dormancy in the winter. Honeybees reproduce by swarming where part of the old colony leaves to seek a new home—mostly during the months of April and May. If you notice bees in your house at another time of year, especially summer, chances are great that they have been there since spring and you have just now noticed them.
Honeybees do not chew or eat wood like termites and carpenter bees and therefore, will not cause structural damage to a building; however, they can be a nuisance for homeowners.
Homeowners should inspect the outside of their home every year for areas where bees could make a hive or enter the home, and take measures to seal any areas of concern they find. Removing the bees usually takes a lot of time and effort once they've moved within a wall.
Don’t attempt to remove the hive on your own if you notice a swarm. Honeybees are not naturally aggressive, but may sting you if they feel threatened. Call Skyline or a local beekeeper association to remove the hive.