Despite their bad reputation, bees are actually quite beneficial to your garden and lawn ecosystem. They help fertilise your flowers by spreading pollen and control the populations of other pesky insects. Nonetheless, bees and people just don't seem to mix well and you may be in a situation where you want to get rid of them, especially if you have pets and young children. Bees often nest underground where you can't see them, but you'll surely notice them coming in and out of their ground nests. Killing bees in the ground is quite simple and usually does not require any outside assistance.
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Things you need
- Dish or laundry soap
- Insecticide dust
Locate the bees' nest during the day. There may be more than one entrance to the underground nest where the queen keeps her eggs. Make sure to survey the area for all possible entrances.
Prepare a mixture of soap and water. Dish or laundry soap work well. Fill up a water bottle or small bucket and get ready to kill some bees.
Approach the nest in the early evening or at dawn. Bees are less active this time of the day when the air is cooler. Wear long trousers, closed-toe shoes and long sleeves to avoid being stung. Wear a ski mask to protect your head and thick gloves to protect your hands. You can use a red flashlight to see better (bees cannot see red.)
Generously pour the soap and water mixture down the main entrance to the nest and continue the process with any remaining entrances. This should kill many bees and force the others to move away. Cover the nest with soil and place a large rock over the entrance.
Wait a few days to see if the bees are still there. If they are, purchase an insecticide dust such as Sevin. Dusts work better than liquid insecticides because they infiltrate the entire nest.
Spray Sevin dust in and around the nest. Be very careful when dealing with these toxic chemicals and make sure there are no pets or kids around when you do it. Wear a protective mask to avoid inhaling anything. Again, cover up the nest and place a large rock over the entrance.
Tips and warnings
- Some farms and orchards will remove the bees cheaply or for free so they can be relocated to a place where they can pollinate. Do some research about this before killing the bees.
- Never deal with bees if you are allergic. Hire an exterminator or get a friend to do it for you.
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