Beware of Bees That Could Be Inside the Walls of Your Home

WICHITA FALLS - It sure feels like Spring has sprung outside, flowers are blooming and the bees are out.

This time of year, the insects are out collecting nectar and building colonies, but when those colonies get too big, they can move into places that are a little too close for comfort.

When inside the walls of your home, the bees themselves don't cause too much damage aside from dripping honey. The problem comes when you have to remove the siding of your home or even dry wall to get them out.

Mario Acuna, owner of Building & Remodeling by Mario, said as he was doing some remodeling on a home off of Avenue K in Wichita Falls when he noticed a sticky substance running down the wall near a window in the home.

"We thought that there was maybe a dead animal inside of the rafters or something like that," Acuna said. "We didn't know what it was."

He and his team began to remove dry wall and to their surprise, they found a huge mound of dead bees and their honey,

"It was just very strange," Acuna said. "In all my years I've seen bees, but never seen before a big hive like the one that you saw. It was everywhere. As you can see its on the trim, you can see it's on the windows, on the siding. It's everywhere."

Ralf Filler has been a bee keeper since the 1970s.

"It's not that they will cause so much damage," Filler said. "It's the damage that you will have to create when you take the bees out of that wall. These are not like termites, they're not going to eat out your wood. They will just basically just fill that cavity with wax and honey. And on a real hot day, you will perhaps see honey running down that wall."

Filler said bees can move into your home, through tiny spaces.

"Sometimes you don't even have to have a hole, you can just have a little crack on the walls and that's where the bees will go," said Acuna. "It's just one of those things, they just try to survive like we all do."

If you suspect bees are nesting near or inside your home contact a bee keeper so they can safely relocate them. Do not try to handle it yourself or spray them with bug spray. 


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