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We have a very large nest of something under our siding by the back door. I think they are bees, as they have shown no agressive behavior at all like wasps, but I am not sure if they are bees or some other sort of stinging insect. My DD is allergic to some stinging things, and while the "bees" are docile enough now, I am afraid they will become more agressive as the cold weather approches. I read that on line, that if they are yellow jackets they can become mean as food dwindles... but I have no idea if this is true. All I know is they make my skin crawl! If you stand near where the hive is, you can hear them buzz during the day, and at night, you can hear them moving around *shudder* I am sure they are cozy there, as the back door is sheltered, they have a little "door" where a nail comes out making a little runway, and it is near both the flower and vaggie garden.<br><br>
Does anyone have any experiece with bees under siding? Do bees even nest in walls? Any good websites you can reccomend? How can I encourage them to move on without using poison? DH did spray the opening once, but then we found about a dozen "bees" (or whatever they are) in the house the next morning, and I sure as heck dont want a repeat of that!<br><br>
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I suggest a simple online search for bees and yellow jackets. Bees can live in buildings and the stray bee or two will occasionally find herself inside. yellow jackets, on the other hand, are a menace and should be eradicated. I believe they are a kind of hornet. We had them above the front porch in our last house and they stung my dd and dp as we left the car parked in the front parking area (we rented). The landlord wouldn't take care of it so we had to pay a guy to come over and spray toxic pesticides to kill the colony. YJs are very aggressive, especially in late summer.<br><br>
The positive side is that they are pollinators, and probably kill some kinds of insects (don't know what), but they should not be allowed to live close to a doorway or you all will be viewed as threats to the hive/nest just by being there.<br><br>
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My elderly neighbor had a paper thin wall(in the bedroom) where bees had found their way inand nested,and ate away the fiber(wall) to make their nests.I have a paper thin spot on my kitchen ceiling that might have been caused by bees.That would be my only concern(damage) besides getting stung! I would have them removed,and make some nests later at appealing sites in the yard for the next round of bees.<br><br>
When I did my search on bees I found that some had honey dripping from their ceiling from nests,lol.
 

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Matte- yeah I saw that too! I saw a programme on the discovery channel where a ceiling caved in from the weight of a huge bee hive. That I do not want <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: I read that the honey can really damage your walls/ceilings, and if you kill the bees then other unsavory beasties will come in after the rotting honey.... yum.<br><br>
Skim - Thanks for the good luck wishes... i think we will need them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:<br><br>
I did a search, but dont want to get close enough to the critters to see if they have "waists" (Yj do, bees dont). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: I do think they are YJ though, since the ones I swatted seem to not have the flat bee leg. DH is going to try to get rid of them again (he is not allergic at all) as they seem to be getting more aggressive... there are always a few "guards" near the entrance now.<br><br>
I did read that YJ will die in the winter and not come back to the site... anyone know if this is true??
 
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