I am having an ongoing battle with bees that have taken up residence above our garage door. There is a small gap between the brickwork facing on our garage and the woodwork above. The mortar between a few of the bricks has crumbled leaving a bee size passage into the attic above the garage.
We try to keep a wildlife and bird friendly yard by not using chemicals. So, the bees have been thriving on the clover in the yard as well as the pollen from our flower garden.
I don’t like poisoning the bees because they are beneficial. However, my wife is allergic to bee stings so we need to take precautions. She tells me that they are not bees but yellow jacket hornets.
Late summer is the time of year when hornets, wasps and bees are looking for winter homes anywhere they can get in out of the weather. I recommend that you take a slow walk around your home watching for flying hole hunters. If you take time to observe them at work, insects will show you the openings that need to be sealed to keep the heat inside your house this winter.
When I locate an opening that they are using as a doorway, I attack. Well not right away. These flying house hunters all return to their nest just before dark.
Attack well after dark
These critters don’t fly at night so they will all be inside the nest. Night is the safest time to approach the nest. Armed with a ladder, flashlight and a can of wasp & hornet spray I climb right up to the opening.
I spray right into the hole to soak the nest. Sometimes I use a drinking straw to direct the spray inside the opening. Then it is time to retreat and wash up. I have not been stung in the dark.
The next day it is usually safe to approach the area in the day light. I seal up the opening with long lasting polyurethane caulk.
These bees refuse to die
The bees above the garage door are refusing to die. They just get madder every time I spray in their entrance.
I am guessing that their nest is actually up the wall above the garage door. Next time I am going to try using a bent copper tube to direct the spray upward.
If that doesn’t work, I will wait until dark and seal the openings with polyurethane caulk Then hope they don’t find a way into our living quarters.