December 24th, 2008 by BugGuy
One of the most obvious problems with bees in a house or building is the fact that they can sting, and this can be especially dangerous if a person is allergic to bee stings. But there are other problems associated with the presence of bees.
Other than bee stings, honey is the next common problem caused by a bee infestation. Honey from a bee hive can cause a couple problems; one it can cause staining and damage to walls and/or ceilings. Two, honey from bee hives can drip and attract other insects and even rodents. Lastly, the honey in a bee hive can grow mold.
Honey bees and bumble bees do not eat or chew wood, therefore cannot cause structural damage. But carpenter bees are capable of boring holes into walls, roofs and any other wood.
After you spot bees and before you call an bee exterminator, remember that yes, bees may sting but bumble bees and honey bees are actually helpful. Bees are used extensively for pollination in the agricultural industry and the estimated value of bee pollination is often in the billions of dollars. Honey bees obviously also produce honey and bees wax which are used for a variety of uses such as consumption and candles.
Think you have a bee problem? Here’s a helpful identification guide for bees, hornets, wasps, etc…