Do It Yourself – Removing Bees

We have heard for years now that the number of bees is decreasing.  Environmentalists want bees to have safe, secure places to build their hives.  Unfortunately, sometimes bees decide to build their hives uncomfortably close to humans.  They may nest inside walls, in attics, or in the foliage near your house.  Removing bees and their hive from your home or property can be very difficult to do yourself, but it can be accomplished.  If at any time you have difficulties, calling in a professional may save you a lot of work and time.  However, if you don’t have the time or resources to call on a professional bee removal service (or there are not any qualified personnel in your area), here are some steps you can take to remove bees yourself.

 

Assess the Situation

Bee natural hive

Bee natural hive

When attempting to remove a beehive, preparation is half the battle.  If you notice bees hovering around a certain area, they may just be “scouting” the area to see if it is a good place for hive.  If, on the other hand, there is heavy in-and-out traffic of bees, there is probably a hive.

If you want to remove bees yourself, make sure that you are not allergic to bee stings!  This is a serious allergy and should not be taken lightly.

Wear the proper clothing: something light and smooth is best.  If you can find a beekeeper’s veil or something like it, that is also beneficial.

 

Remove the Bees and Their Home!

The major mistake most DIYers make when removing bees themselves it not removing the honeycomb.

First, if you must, use an insecticide to kill the bees.  This is best done in cold weather, because bees are less active then, and there are also fewer of them in the hive.  As with most insecticide or pesticide products, you will need to apply them several times to rid yourself of all of the bees.  Apply the product by spraying it directly on the hive.

Honeycomb

Honeycomb

When all the bees are dead, proceed with removal.  Carefully remove the hive and place it in a garbage bag, tied tightly so that that nothing else can get at the hive.  Ensure that you have removed the entire honeycomb piece as well.  Honeycombs can be very large–weighing as much as 20 to 80 pounds, so there may be more honeycomb in the area than you may think.

It is very important to remove all traces of the hive and comb, because other swarms of bees can detect those materials and may decide to set up house in the old hive even after you have cleared out one swarm.

Another important step to take after you have removed the hive is to seal up any possible holes or cracks that bees could use as entrances.

 

If in Doubt, Get Help

Working with bees is different from having a wasp or hornet nest.  If you are not sure about what step to take, contact a local beekeeper who will be able to assist you.  This method will also ensure that bees, which are very important to the ecosystem, are not harmed.