The process of bees' nest removal is a tricky one. If you don't remove the nest quickly, you may find that the nest continues to grow and that it becomes even more difficult to remove the nest later on. However, removing the nest does require that you put yourself at risk of getting bee stings. Even a small nest can house dozens or even hundreds of bees, so you'll need to take all of the proper precautions to ensure that you can get rid of the nest safely and without submitting yourself to unnecessary injury, if at all possible. These are a few things to avoid doing when you remove a bees' nest from your property.
1 - Exposing Skin
When you approach a bees' nest, it's crucial that you already be wearing a layer of protective clothing. Do not wear shorts, a short sleeve shirt or other articles of clothing that may expose your skin, as this leaves that part of your body available for bees to sting. This means that you should also wear gloves, a hat, a face mask or some other protection for your head, and thick boots or closed toed shoes.
2 - Not Tucking Your Clothes
What many people fail to realize before approaching a bees' nest is that bees can fly up open pant legs and shirt sleeves. When this happens, you may be stung repeatedly and it can nearly impossible to get the bee out of your clothing without removing the clothing, which then exposes you to further bee attacks. For that reason, it's a good idea to place the ends of your pant legs inside of your boots or shoes, and to tuck your shirt sleeves into your gloves.
3 - Not Working with a Second Person
Removing a hanging bees' nest is a job for 2 people. The first person will need to trim the nest down from the tree or the overhang, while the second person must be ready to cover the nest as quickly as possible after it falls. If you don't have a second person, you'll waste valuable time trying to cover up the nest and bees will be able escape and could potentially sting you.
4 - Not Soaking the Nest in Water
After you remove a nest, it's crucial that you either soak the nest in water or freeze it. This will kill the bees inside and make the nest safe for you to handle. If you soak the nest in water, it should be completely emerged (preferably while resting in a wooden box or some other container) for about 2 hours. If you put it in the freezer, leave it there for at least an hour.
Removing a bees' nest from your yard can be a nerve wracking and difficult job. However, if you take the time to prepare and ensure that you go about the removal process in a smart way, you'll save yourself from bee stings and trouble.