Bees prefer to make their home in a place that is clean, dry, and protected from the weather. This is why hollow spaces in our homes make such perfect spots. Luckily there are a few easy steps you can take to bee-proof your home.
Inspect your home and yard regularly for signs of bee colonies. A few bees in your yard does not necessarily mean you
have an established colony on your property. Look for large numbers of bees going into and out of an opening.
Caulking is the most simple yet effective way to bee-proof your home. Any gap, crack, or hole that is larger than 1/4th of an inch is
a possible entrance for bees. One of the most common places for bees to make
their home is in the soffit or eaves of a house. This provides an ideal
place for a beehive as these areas are usually hollow and bees can hang their comb from the underside of the roof.
The second most common place is where siding meets the brick on a two story house.
This floor joist area offers easy access and ideal protection for the bees. Silicone
caulking is the best solution for bee-proofing these areas as it expands and contracts to accommodate
for the climate changes we experience in Texas.
Water Valve Boxes
Water valve and meter boxes are appealing areas for bees to make their hive. Make sure that the box is well sealed with the lid tightly in place and cover the key hole with a brick, stone, or plug.
Remove any debris or objects around your home that could serve as a shelter for honey bees such as overturned flower pots and partially opened barrels or trash cans.