How to get rid of bees without killing them

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How to get rid of bees without killing them
Smoke can discourage bees from making a hive in the area. (bee bees apises beehive hive insect image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

Bees are useful insects that are relatively harmless unless aggravated. According to Link Roll, it is not necessary to kill bees if you find a hive on your property; there are humane ways to encourage them to nest elsewhere.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Grill lighter
  • 2 metal buckets
  • Water
  • Protective clothing

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on protective clothing. The clothing should be tight around the collar, cuffs and ankles to prevent bees accessing beneath the material. To protect your face, wear a special beekeeper's hat or a baseball cap with netting securely fastened around your head.

  2. 2

    Locate the hive. If you have noticed a greater than usual amount of bees on your property, you must locate their hive in order to eliminate the problem.

  3. 3

    Assess the size of the bee hive. Gain familiarity with its surroundings and find a suitable place to set burning newspaper underneath it in order to smoke out the hive.

  4. 4

    Start the fire. Place your newspaper in the bucket and light it with the grill lighter. Allow the fire to burn for a few minutes before blowing it out so that the embers begin to smoulder and smoke.

  5. 5

    Fill the second bucket with water. The bucket will serve as a safety measure should the fire grow out of control.

  6. 6

    Take the smoking bucket to the hive. Set it beneath the largest part of the hive so that the smoke rises up to the bees. This will encourage them to move from their hive.

  7. 7

    Vacate the area. You should go at least 50 feet away from the bee hive directly after placing the bucket to avoid encountering aggravated bees. Keep a close watch on the area to see that the fire does not grow out of control.

  8. 8

    Repeat. You will need to repeat this process nightly until the bees find the area so undesirable that they abandon their current hive and build a new one elsewhere.

Tips and warnings

  • Wait until night. Bees become slow and inactive at night, making this the safest time to smoke them out.
  • If you know that killer bees populate near your area of residence, you should consult a professional to deal with the situation.
  • If you have allergies to bee stings, consult a professional or have another perform these tasks.

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