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Hi All,a bee swarm has taken up residence inside our bedroom wall. Access was made where there were a couple of gaps in the mortar between the bricks near the window and we can see the little buggers coming & going about their business. Had the same happen years ago in another house we lived in but was able to get rid of them unharmed, by nailing a funnel over the hole (spout out of course) This lot is gonna be more difficult to remove & I was hoping somebody could offer some method which doesn't involve killing them.Pulling down the drywall & having the entire swarm in the bedroom does not appeal to me & neither does the cost of the repairs. Any ideas/advise would be much appreciated thanks. James jj777746

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G’day James are there any beekeepers handy to your area. I’m sure they will have some ideas.
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Can you drill a small hole in the wall from the inside, and find a way to push smoke through, into the hive for a few day? Then, obviously, do your exterior repair and prevent them from coming back. Don't ask me for details, I'm just brainstorming.
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Hi All,a bee swarm has taken up residence inside our bedroom wall. Access was made where there were a couple of gaps in the mortar between the bricks near the window and we can see the little buggers coming & going about their business. Had the same happen years ago in another house we lived in but was able to get rid of them unharmed, by nailing a funnel over the hole (spout out of course) This lot is gonna be more difficult to remove & I was hoping somebody could offer some method which doesn't involve killing them.Pulling down the drywall & having the entire swarm in the bedroom does not appeal to me & neither does the cost of the repairs. Any ideas/advise would be much appreciated thanks. James jj777746<a href="http://www.routerforums.com/images/RouterForums_2015/smilies/tango_face_plain.png" border="0" alt="" title="Serious" >:-)</a>
Why not just let them be? (no pun Intended). They surely won't do any damage to the house structure or encroach into the room.
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I hear that local beekeepers can coax them out and move them to a more suitable place.

I have had bees access my roof void through the soffit/eaves, they tend to relocate every year of their own accord, I let them get on with it.
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I had the same problem and no matter what I did they came back. What I finally did was put a shop vac hose at the spot they were getting in and let it run for a day on and off. After I caught them all going in and out of their hole I sprayed Raid into the shop vac. When things quieted down I opened the vac and there were hundreds and hundreds of dead bees. I then sealed up the hole and they haven't been back.
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I like the idea of not killing them. In Canada we have a shortage of bees and it is getting serious. I planted several types of flowers to attempt to attract them but all summer I only saw a few. We need bees to balance the Eco system. They pollinate flowers and many plants, and some farmers need them to have good crops.

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Ross has a great idea, check out the local bee keepers first. Dan’s point on the need for bees is bang on as well.

Look forward to learning your solution.
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Why not just let them be? (no pun Intended). They surely won't do any damage to the house structure or encroach into the room.
You don't want them filling your wall space with wax. Local beekeepers know how to move them out and appreciate the opportunity to add to their broods. I try not to kill bees because they are critical to food production. I wouldn't wait too long, just google beekeepers in your area.

Smokers are very specialized tools and safe to use with bees. Quiets them down, but may not chase them away. I wouldn't try to rig something up to smoke them out. It may not work as you think it would.
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