Bees play a very significant role as part of our ecosystem and ensuring their survival is crucial, therefore please make every effort to relocate honey bees instead of exterminating them, but this does not mean that you should be forced to share your home with them. Some species can damage your property or, in some cases, even become hostile.
It is important to identify the species of stinging insect before choosing a method of removal, this will allow you to better calculate the possible damages and the threat of being stung.
– Bumble Bee: only aggressive if threatened and preferably nests in loose, fluffy materials and are sometimes found underground.
– Carpenter Bee: burrows into a surface leaving perfect 3/8 inch holes, they are solitary, and don’t often cause damage to structural beams. Unfortunately, if individual nests multiply, they could eventually destroy the surrounding wood surface.
– Honey Bee: not generally aggressive at all, however their nests are very heavy and can produce thousands of bees.
– Ground Bee: (smaller species of yellow jacket) easily agitated and fairly aggressive, builds nests from 2 inches and 2 feet underground, normally in abandoned burrows.
– Hornet: very aggressive, builds external, tear drop shaped, paper nests.
– Yellow Jacket: capable of stinging but rarely aggressive, builds nests similar to hornets, although they also build nests in walls and if left undisturbed can eventually chew through
drywall and surface wood.
– Wasp: only stings when threatened and unfortunately it’s said to be quite painful, they can nest underground and in the walls of houses, have been known establish colonies of up to 100,000.
If a colony has taken up residence in your home, yard or vehicle, it is best to remove the hives after dark when they are less active. Our structures generally appeal to bees, wasps and hornets, as their natural tendency is to build their hives in tree hollows and similar cavities.
Home – depending on whether the hive is exposed. You should dress in bulky protective clothing and spray an exposed hive with pesticides after dusk to avoid
stings. Watch for hive activity over the next day and spray again, if necessary. Once you are positive the bees are dead, remove the hive to avoid honey or wax melting and causing further damage to your property. Do Not seal the entry point as the bees will search for another exit, possibly causing more damage.
Ground – a chemical spray specifically for ground bees is the easiest method for eliminating, ground bees are a species of yellow jacket wasps and become aggressive when agitated, so be sure to wear protective gear and spray at night when they are most dormant. Aim the chemical into the hive entrance so that the spray reaches the nesting area, watch for activity and repeat if necessary. Please note that bees who survive the spray will attempt to relocate their nest.
Car – removal is often difficult depending on the nest location. If you plan to approach the colony, always wear protective gear and preferably only do it at night.
Everyday bug sprays generally eliminates bees after a few uses, although, in this case, the safest solution to removal nests from a vehicle is to seek out a professional pest control expert. Driving the car or letting the motor run will not move the colony, only aggravate them.
Beehive – It is important to remove a hive after killing the bee colony eliminate dead larvae which will decay and stink and help prevent new colonies moving into the empty hive. Please note that removing a wasps nest requires a different technique to removing a beehive.
Wasps Nest – different species, such as the paper wasp (flat with a visible comb), hornet (teardrop and usually hanging from a tree), and yellow jacket (unevenly-shaped or in the ground) can be quite dangerous to remove, be sure that the colony is completely eliminated and always don protective gear just in case there are survivors. Dislodged and destroy the empty hive.
Help remove an unwanted colony of bees using a natural method. Normally you might need to experiment with more than one natural method before finding the one that works best for your particular trespassers.
Bee Lure – bees often relocate to be closer to their food source and are attracted to strong, sweet smells. Use pieces of soft, ripe pears or mangoes placed 15 to 20 feet from the hive to bait the bees into travelling further, after a few days, move the fruit a few feet further from the hive. Continue until the bees have set up a new hive. A more lethal form of lure is to attract the bees to a container of sugar water where the bees will congregate and drown.
Bee Repellents – bees are equally repulsed by pungent smells. The easiest method to repel bees is to sprinkle garlic powder where the bees congregate. Citronella candles are also good at repelling bees and will not harm them. This helps protect some areas of your yard, and may even prove effective in forcing the colony to relocate, given the candles are burned close enough to the hive.
Pesticides – add one teaspoon of vinegar or canola oil to 250ml water and place in a spray bottle, spraying bees with this concoction will not only reduce their ability to fly, it can also suffocate them. The downside to using sprays is that you must attack the bees directly, so be prepared for some backlash.
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