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How to Get Rid of Bees

As we all know, bees are very important insects because they make our environment thrive. They have always assisted in pollination in our crops, flowers and trees around our homes as well as in the forest.

However, their number can sometimes increase to unnecessary amount or they may invade your home, house or garden. In that way, it will be necessary that you find a way to get rid of them.

Contact a beekeeper

If you intend to remove a beehive of wild bees in an attempt to get rid of them, contact a beekeeper to advice you on the way forward… or if possible, let him do it himself because chances are high that he knows how to. It may be a bit stressful though because not all beekeepers can eradicate bees and so; you might call several of them before you succeed in finding the one who will get the job done.

Pest control firm

Pest control firms can as well help you a great deal. They have the best professionals who will handle wild bees without any difficulty. What’s more, they have all the necessary equipments at their disposal to help them get the job done. In case the bees are inside your house, allow the experts from a pest control firm an access to whatever room they need to work from.

Get rid of attractive scents

Bees have decided to make your home their place too because of the presence of attractive odors. Using colognes and aftershave will actually attract honeybees to your compound due to their sweet smell. It’s most probable that if you ensure that there is no presence of any sweet smell around, you’ll not see them again. Maybe you like using freshening spray outside your house. I would advice that you refrain from doing so when bees have made it a habit to fly around most of the time.

Repellant

You can repel bees by sprinkling cinnamon powder, or placing Moths balls or Plants like Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus. They all have smell that repel bees and keep them at distance.

Bee Removal DIY

The process of removing bees can be extremely daunting and even dangerous for those who are not trained to do it. We always recommend you hire a professional bee removal specialist to take care of your problem, but we will tell you the necessary information for you to remove them yourself if you choose to.

The number one concern we have is safety, but if you follow this guide you should be able to considerably minimize all the risks involved. Remember, this task should not be taken lightly as it can be dangerous. If the hive begins to swarm, then it becomes a hazard for the entire neighborhood and not just for yourself.

You may have to remove certain obstructions like walls, couches, or whatever is in the way. You need to have a decent view of the hive, so you can remove or destroy the entire hive structure. You should be relatively sure that you killed the queen. After the hive is all taken care of you need to prevent another hive from forming in the feature. Make sure that all the entrances to the hive area are removed.

Common Bee Poison

Garlic

Sprinkle it around your home with much focus on the exact area where they seem not to get enough of. The smell of the garlic powder makes the environment offensive to the bees and they will leave immediately.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

You can as well use diatomaceous earth, an organic pesticide that will kill the bees. Apply the powder around the areas that the bees alight and you won’t see them again a kills the bees.

Sevin

Sevin pesticides normally come in a dust formulation. To get rid of the bees, use either an electric blower or gas motor to apply sevin in the nest. Even though they won’t die immediately, the dust will eventually kill all the bees that were present in the nest during the time you forced dust inside. If you can’t find gas motor or electric blower, you can as well use garden hand-duster dispenser to force the dust into the nest.

Pyrethrine spray

In case the bees attack, it would be a very dangerous situation and that calls for a quick action, which is more lethal. Pyrethrine spay will get the job done in few seconds. Its aneuro-disruptive toxin will act fast and it has the ability to remain effective for more than a week after application.

Getting Rid of Bees: Prepare

There are a few things that you will need to before you begin the removal process. The first thing you should do is identify the type of bee and the size of the hive. The bigger the hive, the more difficult the removal process is going to be. Clothing-wise you will need to make yourself a makeshift beekeeper’s suit. You will need most of the following things:

  • Duct Tape – Use this to tape any areas where different articles of clothing meet. For example, the area between your shirt and gloves.
  • Gloves – A decent pair of gloves that will be bee sting resistant.
  • Long Sleeved Shirt or Jacket – Something that is thick enough to protect your arms from wasps or bees.
  • Long Jeans – Something that will completely cover your legs.
  • Face Protection – Something that will protect your face, including neck, mouth, and eye areas.
  • Hat – Something that covers your head completely.

Once you have all the clothes that you will be using, make sure you read our guide to assembling the suit. You will want to make sure you have all the necessary tools for the job. The mandatory one is a good, fast-acting bee poison. You will need at least two canisters of the stuff, and make sure that it is fast-acting. The rest of the tools will depend on the type of job you are going to be doing, but they can include any of the following:

  • Bee Poison – You want something that is fast-acting. We recommend using something that will target the nervous system of the bees and stop them dead in their tracks in 15 seconds or less.
  • Crow Bar – Something that you can use to expose the bee hive.
  • Saw – Sometimes a crow bar will be impractical, and it might be necessary to use something a bit more powerful like a saw. This will let you cut a hole directly into the wall.
  • Vacuum – A high powered shop vacuum might aid with the removal of a larger hive.
  • Garbage bags – You will want to have these on hand to dispose of the hive as fast as possible.

Bee Removal Safety Plan

Safety Warning: Do NOT attempt if you are allergic to bees, around small children, elderly, pets, or alone.

Once you are sure you have all the tools you need to accomplish the job, the next step is just a really quick plan. An effective plan should have plan of attack, plan of retreat, and a quick overview with your partner so they know what to do.

The plan of attack will be covered in greater detail in the next step, but it is pretty simple. You want to approach the hive quickly, but quietly, trying not to disturb the hive. Once you are at their entrance, spray the poison directly into the opening, and hopefully you will be able to poison the whole hive without any trouble. There is a chance that it might be necessary to remove a section of the wall that the bees have built their hive in. It should be done as quickly as safety permits.

The process of removing a wall to reach the hive can be extremely dangerous. All the bees will be on alert due to the vibrations from the saw. If the hive becomes a swarm and you are starting to get stung, it is important that you know exactly how you are going to retreat ahead of time. Execute your retreat plan should things become unsafe.

Make sure that your partner knows to watch your back at a distance. They are there to warn you if the bees have another exit, or to warn you to pull out if it becomes too dangerous. They should also have a can of the bee spray that you guys are using.

Step By Step Bee Removal Guide

  1. Prepare – Make sure you have all the necessary equipment from start to finish.
  2. Clear the Area – Make sure that there are no elderly persons, children, pets, or people with bee allergies around or in the house that you are working on. The bees might find a way into the house when their hive is attacked. For example, there should not be an infant inside the house directly opposite of the wall you’re working on. The bees might run from the poison directly into the house. Also, check your neighbors’ yards and make sure their kids are not outside.
  3. Plan – Make sure you and your partner know what what is going to happen at each step. This should not take longer then a few minutes, but it can save lives.
  4. Get Dressed – Everyone involved should be wearing some sort of basic protection, but you do not have to get fancy. A jacket, jeans, gloves, face protection, and some duct tape work wonders.
  5. Attack – Approach the hive as quickly and quietly as possible. Bees are sensitive to vibrations, so step softly. Once you reach the entrance that the hive is using start spraying the poison into the hive, and don’t stop until bees stop coming out. Constantly re-evaluate your situation. Make sure you have enough poison for the job, and try and estimate the size of the hive.
  6. Evaluate – Time to take a quick break for a few minutes. Step back and judge what’s going on. Make sure that the hive is dead and that any bees did not escape somewhere else, especially into a home. Once the poison has had a few minutes to really penetrate the hive it is now time to remove it.
  7. Remove the Hive – This part can get a bit messy. You might have to remove sections of the wall to remove the hive. You could just seal the entrance if it was a tiny one, but we recommend that you remove it. Once you have a clear view of the hive spray any remaining survivors. When it is safe just remove the hive into a garbage bag and seal tightly.
  8. Cool Off Period – The bees are gone, but there were probably some out gathering pollen. They will be returning throughout the day, and they might be upset that their hive is gone. You can go inside and take off your protection gear.
  9. Rebuild – Give the remaining survivors at least 24 hours to clear out before resealing the wall. Make sure not to leave any gaps to allow another hive to come in and rebuild.

Also see-

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How to get rid of Spiders

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