5 Bee Hive Removal Safety Tips
Safe and permanent bee hive removal can be a very difficult task. Bees naturally want their hive left alone and will do anything in their power to keep you away from it. Even getting near a beehive can be difficult and dangerous. Luckily, there are many strategies that you can use to make and execute a plan to remove a beehive.
Beehives can grow quickly. In fact, a hive that has access to the inside of your house through a wall can spread to the interior of your home. Many attics have developed bee problems in this way. If there is a bee hive on your house, particularly in a place where there might be a crack or crevice leading inside, you should check for bee activity by listening at the walls. Doing this may lead you to a hidden hive or section of it that has made its way indoors. This is also a good technique to use if you know you have a bee problem, but are unable to locate it.
You should always wear protective clothing when getting anywhere near a beehive. If you have protective clothing specifically for bees, great. However, for most of us, this is not the case. For the rest of us, a little bit of improvisation is necessary. Wear multiple pairs of long pants, and multiple long sleeved shirts. Obviously, thicker is better here. Tuck your shirts into your pants, and tuck your pants into your socks. Finally, tuck your sleeves into your gloves. If you wear a hat, scarf and face mask, you should end up relatively bee-proof.
You can kill bees with ordinary insecticide. In fact, there are insecticides designed for this specific purpose. Spray at the entrance of the hive if you attempt this—if you use enough insecticide, it should kill any bees attempting to enter or leave the hive. Eventually, this should be all of the bees in the hive altogether.
If you know for a fact that the bee hive has been cleared of living bees, you can actually just walk up to it, pick it up, and remove it. You should be absolutely certain that no bees have survived if you do this, however. Additionally, you should be certain to wear your gloves if you attempt to remove a beehive in this manner.
If you are unable to do this, you can attempt to knock a beehive down with a broom handle. The same precautions apply, however—do not attempt to do this while any bees on the inside are still alive.
After removing a bee hive, go over the area it was attached to thoroughly with a garden hose. Bees operate by scent, and may not remember that you removed their hive. However, they know what their hive smells like, and may decide to rebuild in the same spot if they can still smell home. This is why it is important to remove as much of the beehive as possible, leaving no trace behind.