How to Get Rid of a Beehive
First and foremost, bees are essential creatures in the survival of the human race. Mainly, it’s because they pollinate flowers and allow them to flood oxygen into the air. But, they also help fresh fruit and vegetables to grow, meaning we can have nutritious food in our diets that have been naturally produced.
So, it’s concerning to hear that honey bees are actually slowly being wiped out, probably due to the harmful pesticides which so many people opt for. Why are pesticides used? Because, while bees may be wonderful, they aren’t the type that you could live in-and-around. So, when a hive appears in a home, or backyard, people just want to get rid of it straight away.
But, it’s important to do it in a way that keeps you safe – they can become aggressive and sting when provoked – as well as the bee population. We’re going to give you some guidance, but we’d strongly recommend hiring a professional to remove it for you. They have the experience, knowledge and expertise to complete the job thoroughly, in the correct manner.
Anyway, here’s how to get rid of a beehive:
Determine where it is located
If you want to remove the hive, you’re going to need to know exactly where it is situated. Now, it’s easy to figure out whether there is one nearby, as bee traffic will be a lot higher than usual, and you may even notice yourself being stung once or twice. If that latter is correct, it usually indicates that you’re close, as they’ll only sting if you’re deemed to be a threat to the actual hive.
So, follow the bees to where there is most traffic, and see if you can spot where it is. Usually, they’ll be immersed into a tree, deep into a hole in a wall, or up high in the cracks of a roof. Once you’ve located it, keep your distance, as you don’t want to disrupt the colony.
Devise a strategy
Once you’ve found where it is, the best option would be to call a professional beekeeper that is well-versed in removing bees, storing them, and keeping them safe. But, if you’re committed to removing it yourself, then you’ll need to acquire some protective clothing and equipment, to prevent yourself from being stung (thousands of stings at once can kill you, and one could kill you if you’re allergic!).
Then, it’s all about gathering the hive, and placing it into a box so you can transfer it safely. If it’s wedged into a tree, it may be hard and will usually end up with the bees turning very angry. If it’s in a wall, then you may be able to take off the siding or manufacture yourself some extra room. If it’s up in the roof, just get some ladders, and take the hive down.
Exterminate as a LAST resort
If the hive is extremely aggressive, and there’s no other option than to remove it with force, then just obtain some flying insect killer. Wait until the hive is less active and spray a generous amount straight into the entrance of the hive. Although, if you call a professional, there’s a strong chance you won’t need to kill the colony.