Bees' Nest Removal: Getting Rid of an In-Ground Nest

Bees nest removal may become necessary to promote safety in your home. Different bees have different habits. It helps if you know the type of bees that are nested in the ground. This way, you can take appropriate measures to boost personal safety. Should you establish the presence of killer bees, it is best to call in a professional exterminator as these are lethal bees. However, for other species the options below can help you in elimination.

Observe the Nest

Watch the nesting area for a few days before you try anything. This allows you to identify all entry points. For a more efficient job, you need to apply treatment to all entry points. When you identify entry points earlier, it allows you to apply treatment faster. This keeps you at the hive for a shorter period, which helps to raise the safety level.


It is vital that you dress carefully, from head to toe, for protection from possible stings. Wear a thick, long-sleeved shirt and pants with duct tape. Wear socks, shoes and gloves. Use a head and face covering. When your entire body is completely covered, it reduces the risk of injuries.

Make Use of Hot, Soapy Water

Wait until dusk before you boil the water. Place 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a 1 gallon jug. Boil some water and add into the jug. Pour the hot, soapy water into each entrance. Leave as soon as you’ve poured water into all entrances. The soapy water kills the bees. Others are rendered useless and eventually die. You may have to repeat this if you find some activity at the hive in the morning. Keep the soil around the hive wet at all times as bees dislike wet soil.


Obtain plenty of mothballs. Drop them into all the entrances of the hive. The smell repels bees and will drive them away. Be sure to add mothballs every couple of days, for about 1 week. Drop rocks or small stones into the entrances to seal off the nest.


Create a fire with wood close to the hive, at dusk. Obtain some fresh leaves and place onto the fire or use wet paper. This dampens the fire and creates thick smoke. Bees dislike smoke and will vacate the hive. If they return after a few days, repeat the same exercise.

Application of Extermination Dust 

Obtain bee extermination dust from a pest control center. Wait until dusk. Apply dust inside each entrance to the nest. If the bees begin to leave, abandon the task for the moment. Calmly walk away. It is best to proceed later once you notice no signs of activity. The bees will carry the dust into the colony which helps to eliminate them. Shove soil into the entrances to seal the nest. Observe the nest for a couple of days. If bees happen to return, apply more dust dust. It is best to remove the hive after all activity has ceased. If left in the ground, it will ferment and is likely to attract insects and rodents. Dig out the hive with a shovel and dispose of.