A backyard full of bees is the perfect way to put a damper on enjoying the warm weather. These pesky insects can interfere in everything from cookouts to swimming to enjoying a quiet evening on the deck. Fortunately, there are several simple and inexpensive methods to keep bees from settling in near your home.
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- Newspaper, expanding foam, or insulation
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- Old vacuum cleaner
Call a local beekeeper. Before you resort to killing the bees, contact a beekeeper in your area to see if they want them. Many times, beekeepers will remove bees for free in exchange for keeping the bees.
Examine your backyard for anything that may be attracting bees. Check for aromatic flowers, sweet or sugary foods, and containers that are likely to fill with water. Things like a leftover lemonade glass on the porch, spilt barbecue sauce from your last cookout, or a kiddie pool or other container with water are a sure-fire way to invite bees into your yard.
Check your yard for areas that are well suited for a beehive. Be especially careful to look for hollow tree trunks, holes in the eaves of your house, and other spaces that provide a small opening with a bigger space inside. Use wadded-up newspaper, expanding foam, or pieces of insulation to keep these places unattractive to bees.
Sprinkle the hive and surrounding area with a generous amount of borax. Even if you do not reach every crevice of the beehive, the worker bees will track it inside. While borax is sure to kill bees, it will take some time for it to reach all the bees.
Build a fire underneath the bee's nest. The smoke will force them to leave without harming them.
Vacuum the bees out. While you shouldn't attempt this with a large colony, it works well with beehives that have recently been established. Be sure to use an old vacuum cleaner, as sucking up honey may cause damage.
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