That's how many honeybees are in an average colony - so what should you do if they decide to call your house home? In today's Angie's List report, the eco-friendly removal option more people are considering.
"A lot of people see bees coming and going from their house and one of the first instincts is to spray," said Beekeeper, Ross Harding. "If you were to spray an entire can of bee killer in that hole, yeah you are going to kill a bunch of bees and you might notice them stop coming and going for a couple of days, but the colony goes way far back into the house or wherever and you're not killing all the larvae either so you'll kill a bunch of bees but down here is a bunch of living bees."
"Getting rid of bees is not a do-it-yourself project," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "In fact, last summer when I had bees attacking my kid's swing set I called in a professional and the reason is you might not realize how big of a problem it is until you're actually in the midst of fixing it. You might see a few bees, but there might be a lot more behind where you can't see. Hiring a professional can make sure it's done safely."
"Remember that it may take more than one company to complete the project," said Hicks. "The pest control company will come in and remove the bees but then you may have some repair work that needs done- maybe to walls, drywall, to make sure your house is back to perfect condition."
"People always ask me if I get stung a lot," said Harding. "I have this really smart answer. I say not as many as I've been asked."
Experts tell Angie's List a bee removal in a home could cost between $200 and $800.