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Bees in house in winter

Posted by scootermom 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 4, 14 at 13:57

Hello there!

I just found 3 bees in my family room. Two were alive, but very lethargic, and one appeared dead. I think they are bees but will post a picture and perhaps someone could confirm that.

Any advice? I live in Northern Virginia, where it's been very cold this winter (colder than usual, though we just had a warm weekend with temps in the high 50s...but it's around 32F today).

Strange thing: they were all either on or under a mattress cover that I had recently laundered and had not yet gotten around to putting away. The mattress pad was sitting on my family room rug for a few days. I've searched the family room walls, moved some of the furniture, etc. to see if I can find where they came from but see no clues...though there is a stack of firewood over by the fireplace...could they be there? Or were they somehow living in (eeek!) in my daughter's bed? They wouldn't have survived the washer and dryer, would they?

They're probably inside my walls, aren't they? I did some quick googling and most sites say it's best to have them removed in late winter...again, any advice? I am a casual fan of bees but not in the house!

Thanks for any light you can shed!


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RE: Bees in house in winter

They're bees but can't make out what they're are, perhaps you can post a close up clear shot.
Hard to say from where they come from,..definitely not from the washer dryer. You might want to check all cracks, light/power sockets on walls and sealing and see if bees come from there.
Put your ear onto the wall and knock with your palm, ..if a hive inside you could hear a buzz, do it on several places, about every two foot.
Could have they flown into the house on a warm day?


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RE: Bees in house in winter

Bees will get into a house just by looking for potential new hive locations. They scout out potential sites to build a new hive. Just because you find a couple bees in your house doesn't necessarily mean you have a hive in your walls. But yes, those are honey bees although the pic is a bit fuzzy. Personally, I would welcome honey bees in my walls and try to catch the swarms that came out.


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RE: Bees in house in winter

It's too early for bees to be scouting out new hives and it's very unusual to have bees in the house. Even as a beekeeper, I can't remember ever finding a bee in my house. My guess is that you have a hive in your walls near your dryer vent. The heat of the dryer is maybe bringing a few out of their winter dormancy and they're finding their way into your home (through the vent?). Call your local beekeeping group and ask them to send someone out to take a look.


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RE: Bees in house in winter

I am having the same problem. In the last 10 days I've found more then 2 dozen honey bees in my family room. They seem to love a sunny window sill. My problem, I'm deathly allergic to all bees. All the research I've done states, if its winter & they are in the house, then its an established hive and most likely in a wall etc. I've contacted a local beekeeper. I'm waiting to see if he's interested in removing them. I suggest you do the same. Honey can cause damage to your home's structure. Good Luck


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RE: Bees in house in winter

Hard to say...
Have you seen in the last 10 years honey bees outside, ..exiting and going in during summer? Is family room near ground level?
If so, you should be seeing bees outside.


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