How to remove a honey bee nest

Written by james melzer
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How to remove a honey bee nest
Honey bees nest in the walls of your home. (bee bees apises beehive hive insect image by Pali A from

Finding a nest of honey bees attached to your home can be a real nuisance, especially in warmer weather when the honey bees are out and about around your home looking for flowers to rest on. Removing a honey bee nest is a straightforward procedure that you can do yourself. This will save you money on hiring an exterminator to do it for you. Be careful not to get stung.

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Things you need

  • Protective clothing
  • 2 cans of insect spray
  • Garden sheers
  • Stick
  • Plastic bag
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Caulk

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  1. 1

    Dress yourself in protective clothing such as a long sleeve shirt, trousers, a hat, work gloves, boots and sunglasses to attempt to prevent bee stings. Tuck your trousers into your socks.

  2. 2

    Spray an entire can of insect spray over and around the honey bee nest. Let it sit for a few hours.

  3. 3

    Return to the honey bee hive and check to see if there is still activity. Spray a second can of insect repellent if bees are still swarming around the nest.

  4. 4

    Cut the honey bee nest to remove it after all the bees are dead. Use garden sheers to break it down, and a stick to get in to hard to reach spots. Deposit the remnants of the honey bee nest in a plastic bag and discard it in the trash.

  5. 5

    Fill a bucket with warm water and dish soap. Wash the area where the honey bee nest was with a sponge to clean away any residual beeswax.

  6. 6

    Look for any holes that can attract a new swarm if the honey bee nest was located in the walls of your home, and fill them with caulk.

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