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    • Yellow jacket bees are carnivorous. They carry dead insects into their hive & eat them.
    • Honeybees swarm around an entrance and you can actually smell honey in your house if they have nested in your walls.
    • Bees in the walls sound like crumpled up cellophane when you hold your hear up to your wall.
    • When you think there are only 50 or so bees nesting in your walls...multiply that number by about 200
    • And last, but not least. It costs $171.23 to get rid of the Yellow Jackets nesting in your walls.

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    that sux. hope u can get them out soon.

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    Wowzas! You able to harvest any of that honey and sell it to cover their part of the rent?!?!?!

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    BEE CAREFUL!!! I'm so glad you got a professional to get rid of them! These old houses do have so many places for them to swarm!

    My sister in laws sister was KILLED by swarming yellow jackets two years ago, in town! They were in the neighbors wall (went through a crack in the window sill) and swarmed at her when she was taking the garbage out.

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    Glad you got them out.

    We never had bees in the walls, just birds above the door (in the siding on a brace above the door) every time we closed the door, nest material fell down. I have also had a bird build its nest in my door wreath! The baby birds would pop up and beg for food when ever anyone got near the door!.

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    Wow - I hope they have an easy time getting them out without too much structural damage. I remember when my mother finally discovered the wasps' nests, underneath the aluminum siding I think, in her house. They can multiply quite a lot before you even know they're there.

    Using professionals is important, as my neighbor once learned. He decided to plug up a nest on his house himself, and while he was on vacation, they came out the other side and literally filled his back screen porch. We could see them from next door - scary.

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    Thankfully these were all yellow jackets. Had they been honeybees it would have cost twice that and they would have had to remove the honeycombs. Because they were yellow jackets, there's no need to remove whatever nest they have made in the walls. He sprayed some yucky stuff in the hole and they will all die as the foragers come back with their goodies.

    As soon as they are all dead & not flying around, dh is going out there with a silicone gun & plugging up all the holes he can find

    I don't mess with bees. My brother is deathly allergic to them, yellow jackets especially.

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    oh my gosh. That is so weird. Glad you got it taken care of. Sorry that it cost so much
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    Well worth the money!!! I am so glad that you got rid of them!

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    I agree it's well worth the money but gosh ... I hope they dont try to reinfest your home next summer.

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    We had them in all four corners of our house at one time or another. We didn't call a professional to treat because we didn't have the money, but ex son in law used to be an exterminator with his dad. He told us what to do and it worked. When we tore the walls down during our remodel we found yellow jacket nests that were 18" w x 8 ft. tall. We also found out they will eat through plaster board as well as wood. They are nasty little buggers!

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    Yikes! I'm glad you're getting rid of them, didn't ever realize they can nest in your walls.

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    When we tore the walls down during our remodel we found yellow jacket nests that were 18" w x 8 ft. tall.
    WOW!! That would've seriously freaked me out.

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    Glad you got rid of them, sorry you had the unexpected expense.

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    OMG!!! Id be terrified Heather. Im sorry about the exspense but Im glad your getting the professionals to do it. My hubby would be terrified, anything that crawls, flys etc in groups or even mice. He cant stand them , he's more scared then me. lol

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    Bees,wacky neighbors...you know how to throw a party Heather. Sorry you got stung in the wallet.

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