I can't possibly tell you all the reasons, but here are a few reasons that bees get into your house:
Like all creatures large and small, bees need nutrients, fluids, shelter and safety.
Bees have found that their best protective environment from predators is a cavity with a small entrance.
Can you think of some? Obviously, a tree hollow is a perfect place for bees. But doesn't a house wall or a quiet attic corner fit the description of a protected environment for bees to live? Perhaps an abandoned owls nest or bird house would be perfect, with such a small entrance and elevation.
Bees need lots of water. One place that bees absolutely love is your irrigation shutoff box. It provides a closed, secluded void, with a snug cover that is not easily removed with only a tiny entrance – perfect for bees. I think you'll also agree that these irrigation shutoff boxes are often damp and wet – a perfect source of water within their home. Wow! Indoor plumbing!
So think of the structural components of your home as the best home on the block for bee scouts, whose only job is to find the perfect home. All it takes is a simple crack in the wood, large grade screening on attic vents, wall joints that are not perfectly aligned, a cracked window, a slightly lifted foundation… There are a hundred different home defects that can act as small entrances to potentially enormous bee hives.
In southern California, a typical suburban property is a perfect home for bees. Why?
1) Bees don't think of people as natural predators.
2) Your walls, eave and attic bee hives are usually elevated away from other predators.
3) You have a beautiful garden with many flowers, just ready to be pollinated.
4) In a hot and dry climate, your garden is irrigated. Perhaps you even have a water fountain.
Could a bee ask for more?
Please don't attempt to solve bee problems on your own. Bees can be deadly. Leave it to professionals such as the pest control staff at Hearts Pest Management. We have tremendous experience with bees. Our job is to take on the risks to that you can remain safe away from the bees.
(We want you to know that we sincerely appreciate what bees do for us. We respect them. In situations where we can save bees, we will. More bees need proper homes. Help us find them – but not in your living space).