There are two common reasons a bad smell may occur where a beehive has been exterminated. Often the honey from the bee hive attracts rodents. Occasionally, bees will sting and kill the rodent that is trying to get the honey. If killed by the bees, this can cause a real bad smell that hangs around for quite some time. If you are not sure where the smell is coming from, consider plug outlets or vents and tape over the plug outlets and the vents.
The second cause for the bad smell from the bees would be if a homeowner, or someone in charge of the house, kills the bees and/or tries to seal up the opening, though when not killed by a professional this hardly ever kills the entire hive or nest. However, if a semi-effective kill has taken place, then most likely there are thousands of bees packed on top of each other, which can create this very foul or bad smell. This smell may last for several months while the bees decay.
Leaving a beehive in your wall is almost always the worst choice especially for home owners! Some be specialist should be willing to work something out with you. If you have questions or need help in the US or Canada, call the bee hotline or request a quote. Use the bee problem page to upload photos and get answers to your questions.Ask the Beeman Q&A
We had a hive removed from the wall of our house about three weeks ago but there remains a very strong, unpleasant smell, coming from that area of the wall. Is there a chemical that is left in the wall when the hive is removed or is this an organic smell from the bees/honey? Either way, will it dissipate or is there something more we need to do or have removed?
I'm not quite sure what you had done at your home. Can you give me some more information?
How old was the hive?
Did a pest control company remove it?
Was the wall opened and the honeycomb removed?
Were the bees killed?
I had a professional bee keeper remove the beehive located under my soffit in the attic trusses, approximately 3 pounds. Obviously they did not all come out of the attic, try as he might. The remainder, approx. 1/2 pound found their way into my bathroom via the ventilation fan. They deposited little yellow brown droplets which I was told was bee urine. Now I have a a strong smell in that room. I have washed everything with bleach, left windows and doors open for days with no reduction in the foul smell. Any ideas? Thank you.
Beekeeper: Hi Debbie, How long has it been since getting rid of the bees? If its been longer then a few months id guess its from something else. Usually this bad smell happens when the bees are exterminated, but can also happen when bees get trapped and die piled on top of each other and are not removed. A single bee decomposes similar to a fly, but many bees stacked on each other can have a foul smell perhaps like a dead rodent. With time the bad smell will be gone, however it could take perhaps two weeks to a month. Your alternative option is to have the beekeeper, handyman or carpenter start opening areas up to locate and remove it. Hope this helps, Good luck Debbie.
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