Removing a Bees' Nest from Your Backyard

Removing a bees' nest safely can be a difficult task. While bees may not seem to be a major threat or concern, when a full nest is disturbed you can quickly have dozens or even hundreds of bees attempting to sting you. Even people who aren't allergic to bee stings can sometimes suffer serious medical consequences as a result of this. In order to avoid getting stung and to ensure that you eliminate the nest as quickly and carefully as possible, read on for a brief guide on how to remain safe while performing this task.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Protective clothing (gloves, hat or face mask, long sleeve shirt and long pants, closed toed shoes)
  • Long handled pruning clippers
  • Large box
  • Water tub

Step 1 - Prepare before You Approach the Nest

Before you come anywhere close to the nest, it's a good idea to ensure that you have all of the items necessary and gathered together in one place. Put on all protective clothing and equipment that you have; the less skin that you have exposed while you approach the nest, the less likely that you are to be stung while you work. Even approaching the nest can cause the bees to become agitated and may result in stings, so it's best to exercise caution. Tuck your pant legs into your shoes or boots so that bees cannot possibly fly up your pant legs. Tuck the sleeves of your shirt into your gloves as well.

Step 2 - Secure an Assistant

You'll need a second person in order to be able to best deal with the nest. One of you will need to remove the nest and the other should work quickly and calmly to contain it. Choose someone who has proper protective equipment and who can work quickly and calmly under that pressure.

Step 3 - Work in the Evening

Bees are less likely to be active when it is dark or at dusk. Plan to remove the nest at this time of day in order to minimize the agitation of the bees in the nest.

Step 4 - Hold the Box under the Nest

Have the assistant hold the box as close possible under the nest. The box should have a close fitting top that can be quickly attached, and the assistant should hold that top in the other hand.

Step 5 - Cut the Nest Down

Use the pruning clippers to cut the nest down from the tree or the other area that it's hanging from. The nest should drop into the box. Have the assistant close up the box as quickly as possible to avoid allowing bees to escape freely.

Step 6 - Place the Box in the Tub

Place the entire box into the tub full of water that you have nearby. The water will neutralize the nest and kill the bees. Make sure that all of the bees have been eliminated before you remove the box and discard the nest.