Bee Wrangling and Other Problem Solving Techniques

Bee-yond the unbee-lievable. When the unexpected strikes hard, call in the true experts.

A bee in your bonnet.

A bee in your britches.

Take your pick.

Either is better than several dozen bees in your kitchen.

Yup, that’s what I came home to from a recent trip. My husband is allergic to bees, wasps, etc., so it was up to me to get rid of them. Lucky guy. A fun time for me.

The big questions we wrestled with afterwards were:

  • How the heck did they get IN?!

  • Is there (gulp) a hive in our house, the walls, the floor joists?

  • Or was this just a scouting party?

It was high time to call in the experts.

Now there are two types of "experts":

  1. The honest-to-goodness true expert who specializes in this sort of thing. Like a real beekeeper.

  2. The so-called expert who comes in, looks around, Googles around on his phone, and then announces he'll have to take out part of our kitchen to look around for the hive that is ... somewhere. Oh, and his company doesn't repair anything afterwards.

Uh huh. There's the door, bub. That was an easy decision. We went with the expert who already had the right diagnostic equipment with him to precisely locate the hive, if one was determined to exist. And his company promised minimal, if any, damage to our home with a contractual obligation to repair anything that might get damaged in the process.


Fortunately, the several dozen bees in our kitchen appeared to have been a scouting party. Evidently, our home failed to gain bee approval.

We were never so happy to fail a test.

It goes to show that when you have a problem and you want it handled right, you go about it the smart way.

Don't mess around with amateurs. Hire the right person to get the job done right the first time.


Step 1: Do your research

Avoid unnecessary problems - and hiring unqualified so-called "experts" - by taking a little time to do some basic research. No wonder the rube was Googling on his phone. The internet contains a wealth of information.

There's no reason why you can't do the same. Negotiate a resolution from a position of strength.

Learn as much as you can about the situation BEFORE calling in anyone to do the job. Or even before you try to remedy it yourself.

Note: don't try to remove a bee hive yourself, that is, if you can find it. More likely than not, if you don't know what you're doing, you'll only get yourself stung twelve ways or more to Sunday. If you don't know what that old euphemism means, pray that you're not allergic to bee stings!

Research the problem and possible solutions. That's how we learned the difference between an active bee environment and a scouting party. We also learned about the behaviors of honeybees (which we had) versus the more aggressive Yellowjacket. We also learned to check for other hive-building bee behavior outside, unknown damage to the house that could provide entry and exit points to our house, and the type of bee we were dealing with.

Step 2: The right people for the job

Make sure you research experts who can and will complete the project expeditiously. And do it right the first time. That goes for pest control pros, tax accountants, and voice actors (hey, I had to throw it in there!).