About 10 years ago, homeowners in Delmar, NY called us about a bee problem in the wall of their master bedroom on the second floor. Our technician inspected the home inside and out, and couldn’t find any evidence of a nest hidden within the wall. He did spot some bees hovering around the eaves of the house, which is a pretty common issue. The technician treated the eaves and soffits of the house and went on his way.
A few days later, the homeowners called back to say that they still had bees in their wall. The technician went back and couldn’t find a single bee inside or outside. “Where are you seeing these bees?” he asked. The homeowners explained that they hadn’t actually seen any bees, but could hear them buzzing in the wall at night while they lay in bed. The technician listened to the wall — not a sound. The homeowners listened too and agreed that there was no buzzing.
As luck would have it, the homeowners called just a couple days after and said they could hear the buzzing right at that moment. This is when I decided to step in and see what was going on with these mysterious bees. I rushed to the house and pressed my ear against the wall. Sure enough, there was the buzzing, but not the kind that bees make. After a little investigating, I realized the electrical lines that connected to the house near their bedroom were bare. All it took was a little wind and the wires tapped against each other, shorting out and making a strange humming sound. In the end, all it took was a call to the utility company to solve the problem.
These homeowners were lucky that they didn’t actually have bees living in their wall. Bee nests built in wall voids can be a big headache. The bees can chew through the drywall, making the wall paper-thin and one puncture can leave you with a room full of bees! If you’re having a problem with bees contact your local pest management company.
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