Bumble bees in the air duct

Last Spring, I decided to thoroughly wipe my lake condo from top to bottom.

I laundered all of the linens, organized the closets, washed the windows and cleaned everything from the overhead light fixtures to behind furniture, but multiple times, I found a bee flying around the room.

I carefully captured the bee and released it outside. I could not figure out where they were coming from. It wasn’t until I started up the a/c for the first time that I realized the bees had built their nest inside the air duct, and when the rush of cool air hit the bees, they poured from the supply vents into the house. There were a lot of them, and they were harshly angry. Every one of us needed to vacate the house. I immediately called my HVAC contractor and explained the problem, then he told me that bees are a protected species and that I’d need to contact a professional bee removal contractor. While the bee contractor was genuinely nice about arriving quickly and handling the problem, this resulted in some injure to my walls, ceilings and air duct. I then had no option however to hire the HVAC contractor to repair, wipe and seal the duct system. The bees had left behind a good deal of debris inside the pipes that would potentially block airflow and cause problems with indoor air pollen levels; All of these many services added up to a good deal of time, stress and expense. Every one of us were unable to run the a/c until the bee problems were taken care of. The condo was harshly hot the whole time.

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