It’s not unusual for homeowners to have problems with honey bees, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Dale Pollet. Hives often split, and new swarms go looking for new homes.
Sometimes those homes may be in peoples’ walls. If that happens, Pollet suggests contacting a Louisiana beekeeper who can open the wall, collect the bees, clean the wall and put it back into place.
Pollet maintains a list of Louisiana beekeepers on the Internet. You can find it at www.lsuagcenter.com. Enter “honey bee removal” in the search box. Rick Bogren
(This article was published in the summer 2007 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)