Roof hives are mostly found between rafters. Bees attach a hive to the underside of the roofs cover board and grow it as large as the space permits over time. For this reason, it is important to remove the hive as soon as it starts, while it is small. Delaying will result in larger roof opening and a more complicated removal.
Hives within the walls are usually located between the studs, in a spacial cavity that is created between outside wall and inside wall. Bees grow the hive over time starting at the top and expanding down until they run out of room.
Vents are tricky... Very rarely do bees build a hive in the piping of the vent. In 95% of the cases, they use the vent as an access point into the framework of the structure. The actual hive itself can be found in the wall, roof, or even between floors.
Soffit hives are located on the outside of the structure, in the space created by an inclosed eave. These hives have a tendency of expanding sideways. They are usually removed from the underside.
Chimney hives break down into 3 categories:
- framework hive
- exhaust pipe hive
- between chimney/house frame
Each situation presents its own challenges and needs to be thoroughly inspected.
Beehives in a framed fence are found between the studs, just like in a wall. However, in a cinder block fence, they are found in the two cavities that each block has. Fence hives have an ability to expand along the fence.