How to Get Rid of a Bees' Nest in the House
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Bees are remarkable creatures. Though small in stature, they play a critical role in the pollination process that is an essential part of food production. In addition, they are valued for their ability to make honey and beeswax.
Bees are social creatures, living and working in large groups, successfully communicating with each other by dancing. Bees are also known for stinging, which makes them unwelcome guests in or near your home.
Contact your local extension office and explain the situation. As beneficial insects, there are number of people who would be unhappy if you simply killed an entire hive of honey bees. The extension agent can put you in touch with local beekeepers or beekeeping clubs. Many times they may be willing to come to your assistance free of charge.
- Bees are remarkable creatures.
- In addition, they are valued for their ability to make honey and beeswax.
Dress appropriately, wearing thick fabrics such as denim or fleece and covering as much of your body as possible. Place elastic bands around the ends of sleeves and pant legs to prevent bees from flying inside of your clothes. Be sure to include safety goggles, a hat and gloves in your ensemble. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension office, bees are defensive about their home and they will send out scouts to attack you when they feel threatened. A single hive can house up to 40,000 bees, so it's best to approach with caution.
Purchase several spray cans of flying insect killer. Read the label to ensure it has been designed to kill bees and wasps.
- Dress appropriately, wearing thick fabrics such as denim or fleece and covering as much of your body as possible.
- Place elastic bands around the ends of sleeves and pant legs to prevent bees from flying inside of your clothes.
Get up before the sun rises. The bees will still be inside their hive rather than out flying around. According to the British Beekeepers Association, bees and other insects need the warmth of the sun to get moving; cooler weather slows them down. By planning your attack in the morning, you'll hit the bees when they are still sluggish, reducing the odds of an attack.
Place a large dustbin beneath the nest and open the windows of the house to provide adequate ventilation.
Position yourself approximately 10 to 12 feet away from the nest. Hold a can of flying insect killer at arms length from your body and spray the nest in a steady stream. Walk in a circle around the hive, if possible, completely saturating it.
- Get up before the sun rises.
- By planning your attack in the morning, you'll hit the bees when they are still sluggish, reducing the odds of an attack.
Wait until evening and spray the nest a second time to make certain all the bees inside are dead.
Use the handle of a broom or mop to knock the nest down.
Carefully transfer the beehive outdoors. Place it in a large metal container or set it on the ground, away from trees and shrubs and set the hive on fire.
Dump copious amounts of water on the embers once the beehive has burnt to eliminate the odds of fire spreading accidentally.
- If you are allergic to bees, it is best to call a professional exterminator rather than risk getting stung.
Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.