Bees are an essential part of the ecosystem but present an obvious bodily threat to humans and pets. Responsible removal is a delicate process that should normally be accomplished through a professional. If you are attempting to manage a bee problem yourself, follow these tips to learn how to safely remove bees from your home.
Safe Bee Removal
Bee swarms and hives must be approached with extreme care to avoid being stung. Always ensure pets and family members remain at a safe distance.
If bees are in your home, try to find their entrance point. Do not fill the entrance prior to removing the bees because they may be redirected to other areas of the home.
It is crucial to determine what type of bee you have and that it is not a wasp or hornet nest. Honey bees have dense bunches of hair on their thorax with amber and brown stripes descending down the abdomen toward the rear.
While hornets and wasps can be eradicated by a licensed exterminator, honey bees are vital for pollination and are generally harmless to people. If you identify a bee infestation, call a beekeeper or pest control technician. They have the necessary tools and knowledge for completely removing the bees while maintaining their numbers. Beekeepers will often relocate honey bee hives for use in their own operations and do so free of charge.
Although DIY removal of an established beehive is not recommended, there are natural repellents you can use to keep bees away without causing harm.
How To Repel Bees
If you want to try to rid your property of bees yourself, wear proper protective equipment. Large bee hives should be dealt with by a professional. Furthermore, people with bee allergies should never attempt to handle them in any situation.
Bees have a powerful sense of smell and can easily be put off by certain aromas. Try using these natural bee repellents in your yard, garden and home:
- Peppermint: Plant these around your property where bees pop up. Keep them at least five feet away from flowers that attract them.
- Cinnamon: Pour cinnamon over and around garden plants daily for one-two weeks. Bees will get the message that it is not an ideal spot for pollination.
- Garlic: Formulate a solution of crushed garlic cloves and water to spray around the home to repel bees.
Under most circumstances, reach out to a professional to safely and thoroughly remove bees. If you have bees or stinging insects around your property, contact Bug Man Exterminating to learn how we can remove them safely and effectively.