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  1. #1
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    Default Bees entering between brick and siding.

    I have had two calls this week about bees entering between the top of bricks and bottom of siding on their house. Both seem to be between the first and second floor of house. Bees are entering along a 3 foot section of wall so not sure where main entrance is.

    My questions are how do I find them and do you think they are in the wall (which I am sure has insulation) or between the first and second floor?
    Also would you remove them from the outside or from the inside?

    Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions.

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    Default Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    Laser thermometer (30.00) Or a quality stethescope will find the center of the nest most often.

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    Default Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    I would bet on between the floors. I like outside better myself. Remove the siding and you should be looking at the band board that the floor joist are nailed into. You will need to cut a section out between the joist and you should see the hive. Bees and mess is outside of the house. Scab a couple of short 2 x 4 to the sides of the floor joist and nail the short piece of band board back, put the siding back and caulk up any cracks.

    If you can gain access to the upstairs area where you think the bees are located you can slide our hand across the floor and feel a temp difference, carpet will not work though.

    Most times they can not access the walls due to the way things are framed up. The downstairs wall has sheet rock up to the double top plate on the inside and some kind of sheeting on the outside with a brick veneer and the wall full of insulation. The floor joist will be open and usually not have any insulation in them, framed out of 2 x 12 on 16" centers is just perfect size for bees. Have done many of them and that is what I have always found.

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    Default Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    G3farms
    Thanks for the response.
    How far do you find bees back between floors?

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    Default Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    Most times they set up house right at the siding and then go towards the middle of the house. Best one yet was about eight foot long. Monster of a hive. Also depends on which way the joist run.

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    Default Re: Bees entering between brick and siding.

    Quote Originally Posted by G3farms View Post
    Most times they set up house right at the siding and then go towards the middle of the house. Best one yet was about eight foot long. Monster of a hive. Also depends on which way the joist run.
    Owner of house says they have only been there a few weeks.

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