How to Kill Bees With Vinegar

Updated February 21, 2017

Bee-killing insecticide contains toxic chemicals that some people---especially parents of small children---may not want in their homes. They may prefer nontoxic home remedies for killing bees instead. Vinegar is an effective way of attracting bees to bee traps, which are available at home improvement, hardware or gardening stores. Bee traps are filled with a sugary liquid that includes vinegar and attracts bees. Once bees enter the trap, they are unable to exit and will drown in the vinegar mixture. Use apple cider vinegar because of its high sugar content.

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and a drop of dish soap. Mix until the sugar dissolves. The sugar and apple cider vinegar attract the bees, while the dish soap prevents them from flying.

Open the bee trap and pour the mixture inside to fill it.

Screw the lid tight and set the trap outside. You can also set the trap near you during picnics to prevent bees from pestering you.


Contact a professional exterminator if you are unable to kill the bees with the vinegar trap. Choose an exterminator who uses environmentally friendly products. Consider contacting a beekeeper to relocate the bees rather than killing them.


Do not attempt to kill the bees if you have or are planning to have a garden that needs to be pollinated.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Dish soap
  • Bee trap
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.