Finding Bees on Window Sashes Inside Your Home? It's Time to Get Busy

Posted on: 17 November 2016

If you have been noticing bees on the sashes of windows inside your home, you may want to do a bit of investigation to see where they have been coming from, especially if you haven't left your windows open or have screens in them. Here's what you need to do. 

Get dressed appropriately

Before you go looking for bees, it's a good idea to avoid wearing things that would attract them. Floral designs are a no-go, as are bright colors. You do not want to look like a flower, and you also do not want to smell like one. Choose white or light-colored, tight-fitting clothing. If you are wearing regular pants, tuck them into your socks so no bees can get into your pant legs. Tuck in baggy shirts and tighten up the bottom of the sleeves or secure them to your body with hair ties or ribbons. 

Look outside for bees

Take a look around your home for bees while paying close attention to any areas in the structure of your home that may have holes or cracks, such as the areas by eaves and vents. Chimneys are also ideal entrance points for bees. If they appear to be coming and going from one area, use a set of binoculars to view the activity from a safe distance. Try to see the backs of the legs of the returning bees. If the legs have yellow clumps on them, you are looking at pollen baskets. This means there is likely a hive inside the structure of your house. 

Listen inside for buzzing

When you've determined a possible entrance for the bees to gain access into your home, go inside to that same general area and listen for buzzing. If you noticed bees using your chimney as an entrance point, sit near the fireplace and listen for buzzing. If the entrance point seemed to be under an eave, you may need to go up to your attic to listen. If a vent appears to be the access point, locate the interior end of the vent. 

However, you should make sure everything that makes noise inside the house is turned off first, including all your appliances that generally hum or buzz, like your refrigerator. Bees generally buzz louder when they perceive a threat, so make some noise if you don't hear any buzzing right away. But avoid making too much noise, or you could frighten the bees to the point that they feel extremely threatened. If they come out of hiding, do not swat at them. Instead, slowly back away. 

Call a bee-removal service

If you see or hear bees inside your home, you'll need to call a bee-removal service. Don't attempt to use products that are available for DIYers, especially with a bee hive inside the home. The potency of the chemicals may be a health risk for you and family members, particularly if anyone in your household has a lung condition. Also, the use of these types of chemicals may cause the bees to delve further into the structure of your home or actually enter the living areas of your home. Or the bees could die within the structure of you home, leaving the hive unattended, and this could result in the honey from the hive leaking out over time and causing a mess. 

Depending on the size and location of the hive, a bee-removal service such as U.S. Pest Control may need to remove a portion of drywall, ceiling tiles, or siding to reach the hive so it can be completely removed. The removal of the hive needs to be handled with great care so the process does not attract other bees to the area.