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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Durham, North Carolina, USA

    Default bee deterrent?

    I have a problem I have been dealing with for almost a decade now.
    One of my clients has a recurring bee population in the eaves of their house, inside the vented area of the home and into the interior of roof of the house.
    I have extracted 3 times over the past 9 years.
    I remove the woodwork, remove the hive and as much as I can of the residue, then clean it up as best I can.
    Some local bees come and clean up what I can't get.
    Then, a carpenter is hired to replace the facia, soffit, etc...sealing it up pretty darned tightly as he goes. (I have supervised this twice).
    The bees have found their way back in after a couple of years.
    Is there a low odor repellant or someting I can use to discourage bees from returning?
    The homeowner feel that the smell of some products is just too strong for them to have around all the time.
    I have considered moth balls and citronella but they are both too strong for the homeowner.
    Any advice?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Arlington, TX, USA


    Is he caulking every hole possible? It doesn't take much for a bee to get into a void. I'd go over the whole thing with a "fine toothed comb" and make sure you use a caulk that's going to last in the weather.

    I also don't think I'd wait for local bees to clean things up, I'm sure they leave behind a smell.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Chicago, Illinois


    Fill the void. If the space may be insulated, use that. Otherwise, if the space needs to be open for ventilation, you can crumple up some fiberglass screen material and put it in there.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Lyons, CO


    He needs to try using a caulk that doesn't shrink, Great Stuff for the gaps, and filling the void with insulation or something. If there isn't a cavity, a couple gaps won't make much difference. Swarms need a cavity for scouts to get excited over.

    There aren't any odor products I can think of that wouldn't die off quickly. Physical barrier is the way to go.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009


    Used to use a Shell no pest strip to clear swarms of houses. It worked quite well. No longer made, but the Hot Shot No-Pest Strip - Online at might do the trick. Also you might consider the new foam sealant that comes in a can (Home Depot). It is the type that carpenters use to fill the lead weight cavities found in window frames when installing remplacement windows. It expands considerably to fill the entire cavity. OMTCW

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Knox County, Ohio


    Spray foam insulation in a can. When you do the cutout and the carpenter is fixing it, fill every void.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    temecula, ca

    Default Re: bee deterrent?

    The Hot Shot No pest strip sold at Lowe's or Home Depot will eliminate bees or wasps from the house. Place it near the entrance and they will be gone within a few hours. This product is ideal for sheds or barns that have an infestation. They may come back the next season, but for a cost of $6.99 or so, a small price to pay to eliminate the pests.


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