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What to do When You Find a Bee’s Nest in Your Yard 

December 29, 20224 min read

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee...” - Muhammed Ali


There is nothing quite like the feeling of discovering a bee’s nest in your own backyard. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn more about these incredible creatures and their habits, but it can also cause some serious problems. From potential property damage to the risk of attacks on family members or pets, bees can present a lot of anxiety for everyone living in and around the area. Here are some tips for what to do when you find a bee’s nest in your yard.

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Call an Expert

Facing a bee's nest may seem daunting, however don't worry! If this ever the case, the first step should be to call an expert. For instances like this, consider consulting with a professional such as a beekeeper. Thanks to their superior knowledge and experience in this field, they can recognize the exact course of action that needs to be taken. Whether it is about safely removing or relocating colonies for everyone's safety and peace of mind: treating the situation with good resources makes all the difference.

Take Precautions

While you wait for an expert to handle the nest, it's important that your family and furry friends stay away. We want everyone to be safe, so instead of partaking in outdoor activities in the area, we suggest putting up signs to warn others about its presence! This could help spread awareness and help keep your nearest and dearest out of harm's way. Taking a bit of extra precaution will go a long way towards keeping all your loved ones protected as you await an expert to come and deal with the nest.

Create Barriers

Creating physical barriers is also a great way to protect yourself and your property from potential danger posed by the bee colony. This can include installing screens on windows and doors or covering vents with mesh fabric in order to prevent any bees from entering your home or other building structures on your property. You can also use protective clothing such as gloves, hats, long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes when outside in order to minimize skin exposure while dealing with the bees directly.

How Long Does It Take To Build A Bee Hive?

A single hive requires thousands – yes, thousands! – of bees to gather everything necessary and build their hive from scratch. In total it can take up to six weeks for the hive to be completed; quite an effort when you consider a bee’s lifespan is around six weeks itself! Throughout this period hive-building bees will create 2 layers of protection: the inner layer with large cells containing food and the outer layer with small cells set aside as bedrooms for the hive. Over time, as new eggs are laid in additional cells, the hive grows bigger so be sure to watch out for those buzzing neighbors next time you're gardening!

The Difference Between A Swarm And Hive

A bee hive is a structure that is home to a bee colony. A bee hive typically contains one queen bee, a few hundred drones, and tens of thousands of worker bees. A bee swarm is a group of bees that have left their hive in search of a new home. A bee swarm usually contains about 10,000 bees. Bee hives and bee swarms are both made up of honey bees.

Most Commonly Found Bees In Pennsylvania

There are many different types of bees in Pennsylvania, but the most common are honeybees, bumblebees, and carpenter bees.

Honeybees are the most well-known type of bee, and they are responsible for pollinating many of the plants in Pennsylvania. They are distinguishable by their yellow and black stripes, and they build their hives out of wax.

Bumblebees are also common in Pennsylvania, and they are easily recognizable by their black and yellow stripes. They are important pollinators, and they can also be aggressive if they feel threatened.

Carpenter bees are less common than honeybees or bumblebees, but they can be found in Pennsylvania. They are distinguishable by their shiny black bodies, and they burrow into wood to make their nests.


While discovering a bee’s nest in your yard can certainly cause some anxiety, there are steps you can take in order to protect yourself and your property from potential harm or damage caused by these incredible creatures. By calling an expert right away, taking proper precautions, and creating physical barriers between yourself and the bees you will increase your chances of coming out of this situation unscathed! And who knows - maybe you will even learn something new along the way!

Ted Hantwerker

Owner of Environmental Pest Solutions

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