Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jacksonville Honey Bees in a Brick Column

Honey bees "love" to get into structural voids, and brick or block columns are a very common nesting site for the social insects. To a honey bee, columns provide the basic requirements for decent housing: Small openings that are easily defended, A void that is mostly sealed (to ward off parasites and pests of the colony), and insulated(to help regulate temperatures).

This picture shows a brick column at a Jacksonville Church. Robber bees from competing colonies were getting into the brick column from small openings where the brick meets the wood trim. This column had been treated with what we call a "Drive-by Treatment" or "Spray and Pray", where someone had just sprayed these openings. Over time the treatment wears away, and robber bees start getting into the honeycomb that by now is rotting away, ooozing fermenting honey and providing a festering nursery for fly and beetle maggots.

We have to perform significant treatments, drilling into the columns, using power equipment to properly treat this fermenting goo, and prevent further rotting and maggot "parties", with us fininshing by sealing all entrances.

If you have bees inside a column, call us for proper treatment, so you don't have an ongoing, messy problem. 800-343-5317 , 904*907-6645 or visit us at

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