Wild honeybees look for dark and sheltered locations to make their nest or hive, often settling in sites such as tree hollows. Unfortunately, when a bee colony is near your house, the bees may nest in less desirable areas such as the walls of your home or your attic. When a beehive is located in your attic, removing it can be a challenge even for professionals. Despite the difficulty, beehives in the attic should be removed to prevent damage to your home and decrease the potential of your being stung.
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Things you need
- Aerosol bee and wasp spray
- Protective clothing
- Bee veil
- Mesh or netting
- Soap and water
Purchase an aerosol bee and wasp spray to eliminate the bees prior to removal.
Dress appropriately to prevent bee stings. Cover your head with a hat, put on heavy jeans, a long-sleeve shirt with a high collar, gloves, socks and boots. Cover your face with a bee veil or a facial mask.
Wait until the evening when there is less bee activity and the adult bees are inside the nest. Go up to your attic to confirm the exact location of the beehive.
Check for any cracks or holes in the attic that might lead into occupied rooms or into the walls of your home. Seal them off using caulk or insulation, or by boarding them over with wood. Place a fine mesh or netting over attic vents.
Spray the aerosol spray directly into the main entrance and exit of the beehive for the amount of time directed on the package. Retreat from the attack as quickly as possible.
Listen and observe any continued bee activity. Repeat the application after waiting the recommended amount of time as instructed on the insecticide can.
Remove the hive and the dead bees. Because insecticide was sprayed on the hive, do not attempt to eat the honey, which is now poisonous. Dig a hole that is at minimum 18 inches deep. Bury the honeycomb as well as the bees, covering them completely as you replace the dirt from the hole.
Wash the hive area with soapy water to help remove any leftover odour that may attract other bees to set up a nest. Paint over the surface if desired to ensure that no further bees are attracted to the area.
Tips and warnings
- If you wish to avoid harming honey bees, try to save these beneficial and threatened insects by contacting a local beekeeper for advice on removing the colony without killing the bees.
- Failure to properly dispose of the poisoned honey and honeycomb can cause damage to nearby honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects.
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