Bees in your sign?

Bees in your sign? Signs, especially tall ones, attract bees seeking shelter and warmth. While it’s uncommon for bees to nest in signs due to entry challenges, once they find a way in, it becomes a problem. Understanding their habits is key. Bees are drawn to sign lights, visible in their 4500-7800K perception range. They avoid red and may prefer darker spots at night. Knowing bee types is crucial; honey bees are common, but watch out for aggressive ones like Africanized Killer Bees.

Bees find their way into signs
Bees in the hive

Bee Removal from your sign

Act quickly if you notice a swarm—they settle fast. Block their entry with foam, silicone, or steel wool, making sure to account for sign movement. Sealing them in allows for later hive removal. Professional beekeepers are ideal for this task, especially if the hive is high or inaccessible. If the hive is in the supporting pipe, sealing it is sufficient. However, if in the cabinet, removal is necessary to prevent future swarms. Scraping out the hive is a meticulous and costly process, but essential to deter bees from returning.


California law prohibits pesticide use without a licensed operator, making professional pest control advisable. Suffocating or sealing the hive entry is legal but affects the bees. Beekeepers are preferred for live removal, respecting their role as beneficial insects.

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I, Frank Murch was born in Honolulu. Dad was an Army Captain. After his separation he drove my 2-year-old self and Mom to Colorado. After starting Kindergarten and terrorizing my parents, brother and sister for 20 years, I graduated both Kindergarten and the University of Colorado. I worked at Coors Porcelain for a time and then a series of high-tech companies in California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Tokyo. Along the way I gathered letters to drag behind my name MSEng, MBA.  30 years later I started Signs for San Diego. Signs for San Diego is a manufacturing company. Much more about building signs than other Sign Companies; it comes from my background. Technical Capability is a focus. We are a wholesale source for the industry. We want to make the best sign possible. It is in my DNA. Applying 30 years of manufacturing experience and 10 years of entrepreneurial experience make us the best sign company around. I also am of the HP management culture, Inclusion, respect and treating people as adults makes Signs for San Diego a happy place to work. We are looking for customers that match our culture, happy, better quality, and better than what is generally available