Stumbling upon a beehive in your yard is never a fun experience, but that doesn’t mean you should outright panic. Many people don’t know how to react once they discover a beehive and how to properly remove a beehive with minimal damage to both bees and themselves.
Beehive removal sounds like a pretty simple and straightforward process, but there is more to it than meets the eye. For example, many people are tempted to spray the hive with insecticides, which is usually a bad idea for several reasons. This is because you don’t want to aggravate thousands of insects equipped with stings.
If you’re interested in finding out how to get rid of a beehive safely, take a moment to check out some of the methods, tips, and tricks we’ve covered in this article.
How to Safely Remove a Beehive
Since there are countless ways of dealing with beehives, we will be focusing on a couple of methods that have been proven to work and are relatively safe.
- Using Commercially Available Insecticides
While we said that using insecticides is usually a bad idea, that’s not always the case. The most important element in this particular situation is having the proper equipment. If you have the protective gear consisting of gloves and a bee veil the chances are you’re going to successfully remove a beehive without jeopardizing your safety.
Even though there are hundreds of homemade pesticide recipes online, we strongly recommend buying a commercial insecticide. They are relatively affordable and specifically formulated to kill bees rather than aggravate them.
Spray the beehive with insecticide, and don’t stop until you’re certain it’s saturated. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work the first time; larger beehives usually require several spraying applications over the next few days. It’s important to remember to clean the area after the hive has been removed and scrub away any remnants of the hive.
- Using Nature as Your Weapon
You don’t always have to eradicate the whole colony of bees, there are other natural ways of dealing with bees. Bags of fruit tends to work, for a hive that is in a monitored environment or an attic, it definitely presents a challenge. For example, cut a couple of pears into chunks, put them in a sandwich bag, and place them about 20 feet away from the hive. Give it a day or two, and then place the bag a few feet further away from the hive. Continue this process for a couple of days, and before you know it, the bees will relocate their hive closer to the food source.
While this is a safe way of dealing with bees, it’s not a complete solution since they will relocate instead of going away. However, if you have a beekeeper in your neighborhood or city, don’t hesitate to call them and they will more than likely take the bees. Keep in mind this applies to situations only when you’re dealing with honeybees, beekeepers probably won’t be interested in dealing with other species.
- Hire a Crew of Professionals
In case you’re not keen on testing DIY solutions, there is always the option of hiring a crew of trained professionals. At My Bug Guy, we take a special approach to bee control and make sure to get rid of bees without killing them. This particular approach allows us to guarantee safety for both the owners of the premises as well as the bees.
Hiring a crew of professionals is usually the best choice because it requires little to no effort on your side, and on top of that, you will be safe from potentially dangerous scenarios that usually accompany DIY endeavors.
Refrain From Killing the Bees
While there is a misconception that honeybees are an endangered species, there are indeed eight species currently placed on the list of endangered species. Furthermore, even though killing bees is not illegal currently in AZ, it should be everyone’s last resort. This is especially if you have the opportunity to get rid of the beehive in a safe and controlled manner. There are some exceptions to this rule, usually when a colony is a direct threat to you and your family, and the problem escalates beyond repair. It’s important to remember that the aforementioned scenario is usually a rare instance, there is usually a way to get rid of bees safely and responsibly.
If you’re interested in finding more about bee control, pest control services, and other closely-related subjects, don’t hesitate to read our other articles!