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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Often they do migrate, break off new hives.

Are you sure that they are bees?

If they are then the neighbor will most likely be happy to come get this new hive and bring them home, they are a valuable commodity.


Aug 24, 2017 12:47 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor
Aug 24, 2017 01:53 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I know my wife is the bees knees.

Aug 24, 2017 01:24 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I believe once the hive reaches a certain state of population, a new queen is born who takes a number of the workers with her to form a new hive - if I remember my bee science well enough!

Aug 24, 2017 02:04 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I saw these question on Nextdoor when bees suddenly move to a new location. Call a local beekeeper to safely relocate your bees. Please be patient and gentle. 

Aug 24, 2017 01:51 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

The best thing to do from our standpoint is to move the bees.  There are people who specialize in doing that.  I am not sure that they may have migrated from the existing beehive next door. When a  new colony is started there is a whole process of queen selection...A bee expert in your area should be able to help.  A

Aug 24, 2017 01:49 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The only thing I know about bees is to avoid them!

Aug 24, 2017 01:27 PM
Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
Serving Evanston, IL & Beyond

First, try to establish if they are honeybees or wasps by looking at web sites that show both.  In general, wasps are bright yellow and black while honeybees are golden, tan, or even grey with black stripes.  Wasps will sting you, and you should call an exterminater.  Honeybees are gentle, so you would have nothing to fear from them coming and going outside the building.

You would need an experienced beekeeper to take away the  bees and the honeycomb they've created (so it doen't attract insects or rodents).  Check the Cook DuPage Beekeeper's Association's Swarm Remover web page.  You input your zipcode, and the beekeeper that does swarm removal in your area will show. 

You probably should first talk to the beekeeper next door.  They will help you ID whether the insects you are seeing are bees or wasps.   If they are bees, the neighbor may be of help--or try the Swarm Removers. 

Our pollinators are endangered and need all the help they can get.  Be kind to them.  Wasps, on the other hand (while they do eat mosquitos and some do a bit of pollination) are not good neighbors.


And as for why would some of the bees from an existing hive migrate (or 'swarm')?  That is how bee colonies reproduce.  If they grow strongly, the queen will take off with a large portion of the bees, leaving behind a daughter queen to take over what's left and build the hive back up.  Since honeybees only sting to protect their hive, if the swarm has not built comb and started a true hive, they will be very gentle until that point, as they have nothing to defend.  Most people have seen swarms on a tree, sometimes a car, or other odd place---those honeybees are gentle enough to just scrape into a cardboard box with a gloved hand and take them away!

Aug 24, 2017 06:01 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Susan Haughton can tell you about bees!

Aug 24, 2017 05:16 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

The other one is too large (colony wise). Just had a situation where they will not come & exterminate them at all. They are protected & you need to get a bee keeper that will remove 'the group'.


Aug 24, 2017 03:36 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Sounds like bees swarmed, possibly from next door.  They swarm when the conditions in their hive become untenable for them (typically too many bees, so they want to make a fresh start).

Definitely contact a state or local beekeepers association and they'll have someone who will come remove the hive -- unless the neighbors want to try and recover what may be some of their bees.  

We keep "bait" hives on our property so if bees swarm, we have a shot at capturing them.  This is nothing more than a hive box with a cottonball with a drop or two of lemongrass essential oil on it...a beekeeper should be able to help.   

Aug 24, 2017 02:55 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

They taste just like chicken

Aug 24, 2017 02:53 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

?Bees are a regular discovery in SD...we have a guy for that.

Aug 25, 2017 07:00 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Bee hives are everywhere in our area as well so I'm very familiar

I personally only know how to remove the hives not why they exist where they do

Aug 25, 2017 06:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I know next to nothing about bees but learned a bit when a "nest" was found in a closet in a property a client was purchasing many years ago.   It was professionally removed.  No additional issues as far as I ever heard.   

Aug 25, 2017 06:10 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Enough to stay well clear of them!

Aug 25, 2017 05:17 AM
Ellen Pavlosek
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Eugene, OR
Eugene, Springfield, Lane Cty city &rural properti

I know quite a few beekeepers, as our area has quite a few enthusiasts. Our town is also home to Glory Bee, which supplies beekeepers all over the nation. I understand the very, very basics of beekeeping. 


Aug 24, 2017 10:10 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - something that I am learning from some answers here...

Aug 24, 2017 10:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Liz and Bill Spear (Bill) raises bees - it depends if they are a protected insect and how they have to be removed in each state, I would think.

We found bats today in an inspection and they will have to be removed by a specialist; I'm fairly certain bees are protected as well.

Aug 24, 2017 08:44 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have a listing that has then behind the siding. There are hundreds in the hive and professional exterminators are coming tomorrow to remove. My seller got stung under the eye. Be careful. Regular wasp, hornet sprays will not kill these bumblers. 

Aug 24, 2017 08:41 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I know nothing about bees except stay clear of them....

Aug 24, 2017 06:21 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

A beekeeper may get them, in exchange for any honey.

Aug 24, 2017 06:18 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Well I had a friend that had them in the attic and the bee removed had 800 lbs of honey from them.


Aug 24, 2017 05:42 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I know about Aunt Bee from Mayberry.

Aug 24, 2017 05:32 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I would be an unhappy camper if my neighbor had a beehive box in his yard, unless we lived on large multi-acre lots.

Aug 24, 2017 04:46 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

They swarmed.  Bees outgrew the hive and half split to form a new colony.  Happens annually.

Aug 24, 2017 04:20 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I was going to say that they have secret lives.  good book.

Aug 24, 2017 02:33 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Corinee that happens here once in awhile. We have 'bee guys' that come out and get rid of it. Pretty simple really.

Aug 24, 2017 02:23 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

May or may not be (pun) part of the original hive. The Queen can lay male and female eggs for just such a purpose of starting another hive. Bee-ing?

Aug 24, 2017 02:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not know about bees but I love their honey.

Aug 24, 2017 12:59 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This is interesting, and have not run into this, so reading and learning.

Aug 27, 2017 09:38 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I'm not a bee expert, I would consult an exterminator.

Aug 25, 2017 07:53 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I had a bee hive under my shed.  My folks had one in their attic and a house my investors purchased has one as well.  Cost $500 to capture them and relocate them.  Cost $75 to kill them.  Guess which option I'm choosing next time!


The buggers were brought in to pollinate fruit trees two cities away and decided to go to our houses instead.

Aug 25, 2017 10:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Bees will go where they can get entry to make a hive.  That is what I recently learned when I had to get a company to remove one from the eve of a roof.

Aug 25, 2017 08:08 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Bees often swarm if they are overcrowded in their current hive. They will either split, or if there is a problem they will gorge themselves on honey and take the queen elsewhere and start over. Any beekeeper in the area will come and get the bees for you. To buy a new hive of bees (generally 3 pounds worth) is ~$140-$160. Beekeepers love freebees!

Aug 25, 2017 07:28 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I think bees stick to one spot because they are linked to the queen. So this is probably a separate hive.

Aug 25, 2017 07:03 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's possible.  Time to ask an expert on bees.

Aug 25, 2017 06:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If they are bees, i am sure the neighbor would be happy to come get them back. If not i may break out the spray

Aug 25, 2017 05:09 AM
Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

What i know is Call an expert.

Aug 24, 2017 07:58 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yellow jacket, hornet, wild bees.

Aug 24, 2017 05:51 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Ask the neighbor if he is mssing some bees.  They may or may not be theirs.

Aug 24, 2017 04:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

They sting and make honey. Sounds like a new queen went off to establish a new hive. Better living quarters?

Aug 24, 2017 04:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have found that I do not want to piss them off and I'm sorry that is a real estate term

Aug 24, 2017 04:07 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not much, but I do know that in my area if you have an infestation you need to hire a specialist to rid the house of them and no kill them.

Aug 24, 2017 02:58 PM