How to get rid of honey bees in an infested home

Updated February 21, 2017

Honey bees serve an important function in nature but only provide a huge headache when they reside in your home. They nest in large numbers and their stingers can scare off friends and neighbours. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of honey bees in the home is to kill them in the nest. On the other hand, this process is relatively easy. Starting the process in the evening when the bees are less active and most likely in the nest will yield a good result for any homeowner. Just remember to wear protective clothing to fend off stings.

Verify that the infesting insects are in fact honey bees. Wasps are commonly mistaken for honey bees and require a slightly different strategy as they are highly aggressive. You can take a sample to a pest control agency or look yourself. Honey bees are short, fuzzy, and have yellow stripes. Wasps are long, slender, and have a stripe that is slightly more orange in colour.

Put on clothing that can protect your entire body from stings. Examples would be trousers, a long sleeved shirt, shoes, gloves, a hat, and goggles.

Locate the honey bee's nest. The bees will usually be swarming around the nest's location.

Aim a can of insecticide and spray directly into the nest. If the bees become agitated, stop spraying and move to a safe location (this will most likely be indoors).

Return the next evening and spray the insecticide in the nest again to ensure all the bees are killed.

Remove the nest once you are certain all the bees are dead or seal the entrance to the nest to prevent new bees from reusing the old nest. Fill the hole if the nest was in the ground.


Contact a local beekeeper if you do not want to kill the bees in your home. Honey bee populations are dwindling and often beekeepers will remove the nest for free, per Only a trained beekeeper is able to safely remove the bees without harming the bees or anyone else.

Things You'll Need

  • Trousers
  • Shoes
  • Hat
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Insecticide for bees
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David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.