Nature is full of beautiful and dangerous creatures of all shapes and sizes, but annoyances from most bugs do not compare to the painful stings of bees.
These amazing flying insects are essential to our ecosystem, as they pollinate a vast amount of what we eat. However, this does not mean your property is the best place for bees to live. Try some of our do-it-yourself (DIY) steps for bee removal below.
DIY Steps for Bee Removal
Step 1: Track the bees to the source/hive. Take a look around the outside of your home or office to find out where the bees are going. Following the bees can help you understand how big of a bee problem you have on your hands and can aid in the next step’s process.
Step 2: Identify the bees. Once you’ve found the source, take a closer look at the bees you see, as well as construction of the hive. Does it appear to be made with mud? Wood fiber? Wax? The physical aspects of the bee, along with the material of the nest, can help you determine the type of bee you’re dealing with.
Important note: If you discover you’re dealing with wasps or hornets, be very cautious and consider calling a professional exterminator immediately. If you’re dealing with honey bees, take care not to harm them and call a local beekeeper or pest control service that handles bee removal. A simple way to identify honey bees is that they build wax, honeycomb-shaped hives.
Step 3: Consider eco-friendly solutions. If your bee problem is not severe, try one of the following plant-friendly methods of bee removal yourself.
- Vinegar Mix – Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar, then put on protective clothing, such as long sleeves, pants, gloves, etc., to protect from getting stung. Wait for nightfall (bees are more dormant at this time), then spray/mist the nest directly, followed by spraying plants where you have noticed bee activity. If bees are still active the following day, repeat the process the next night.
- Soap Mix – Using the same method above, replace the vinegar with mild soap detergent in your half-and-half spray bottle mix. Recommended soaps include gentle liquid laundry detergents and liquid dish detergents. Avoid soaps used for cleaning enamel or for washing synthetic fabrics, due to the harsh chemicals that will have a negative effect on your landscape (and possibly you, too).
Step 4: When all else fails, seek professional help. Although most homeowners enjoy finding solutions on their own, when it comes to bees, know when to call a professional for help. If you or a family member is allergic to bee stings, is it really worth the risk of getting stung or making the bees aggressive just to do it yourself? Sometimes the number of bees can be problematic as well, making it difficult and even dangerous to attempt a small DIY spray method.
Bain Pest Control
If you are a homeowner (or business) who requires professional bee removal services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, or Rhode Island, then Bain Pest Control is here for you! Our experienced technicians are ready to help rid your property of a variety of pests.
So don’t get stung by pesky bees trying to do it yourself; contact us today and let our pest control experts swiftly handle the job and allow you to enjoy some peace of mind in your own yard.