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Help! Bees in house?

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Help! Bees in house?

Hi all,

I live in my grandmother's old home in central Illinois. I have a lot of her old (and very very heavy) furniture still that she's holding onto.

When I got home today, I found ELEVEN bees in my kitchen and I hear some humming coming from an old cabinet downstairs. It's too heavy to move on my own, and I don't actually feel comfortable handling the bees (I'm not sure if that'd be advised or not anyway).

What can I do? I don't want to hurt the bees. I also can't afford to have anyone come out to handle this. I have pets so can't leave the house 'open' for long either. We swatted the ones that we found today but it definitely didn't feel good and I'd like to find a better solution.

Thanks in advance for reading this.

Edit to add: I think they're just standard bumble bees. They're plump and fuzzy. I thought carpenter bee since they're coming from a wooden cabinet, but it doesn't look like it from photos? I'll try to capture a photo of one pre-smack if possible, but I hope they don't come out again before I have a better solution. 🙁

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