Bees play an important role in stabilizing the eco-system. Their decline has been noted worldwide, calling for conservation measures to be put in place. This, however, does not mean that people should share their living space with bees.
Bees are generally less destructive than rats or termites and not much of a nuisance. This said, removing bees can prove quite difficult and potentially dangerous. Human structures and occupied spaces are attractive to bees. They build hives in hollowed out trees and similar cavities. Spaces between walls and wooden beams make excellent homes for bees.
Know your Bees
Before choosing a method of bee removal, you should identify the species of the stinging insect. It could be a bee, wasp or hornet. This gives you a better estimate of the damage and threat of stings.
Some species will definitely require professional treatment. Wasps resemble bees but are more aggressive and easily agitated. I would honestly not recommend poking a hornet’s nest.
Carpenter bees burrow into wooden frames. They are generally not aggressive, but can grow in number and destroy the inner wooden structures in buildings. Honey bees prove beneficial, but produce thousands of workers. This means heavy-laden combs that prove quite difficult to remove. The preferred method is relocation of the entire bee hive. That or seeking the next vacant house available.
Who to call
Unlike most pests, bees give you two types of bee experts on hire. You can hire a professional exterminator. Exterminators usually eliminate the entire hive, using chemical sprays to kill the bees, wasps or hornets. They will often use chemicals designed specifically for that species.
Once dead, the exterminator will destroy the nest and seal off any openings. Exterminators are best contacted when dealing with aggressive bee species, wasps and hornets.
Alternatively, you can contact your local bee keeper. The bee keeper will opt to relocate the colonies, especially if they are honey bees. A bait trap is used to coax the colony into a box hive, which is then moved to a desired location.
Do it Yourself
Armed with bee removal tips and protective gear, you can also drive off bees in a safe and natural way. Bees are attracted to strong, sweet smells and will often relocate to be closer to their food source. A strong, sugary solution can act as natural bee lure that relocates them away from your home.
Bees are equally repulsed by pungent smells. Sprinkling garlic powder near bee hive openings drives them away. Direct contact to the bees is lethal. Spraying vinegar directly on the bee hive suffocates them and makes it difficult for them to fly. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be used as an organic pesticide. Upon contact, it lacerates the bees and causes dehydration.
Citronella candles, once lit, will ward off bees, especially in open places like the front and back yard of your home. Burning them close to the hive will drive the bees out. Freshly cut cucumber peels repulse bees, but would not make them abandon the hive. All these need direct contact with the hive. Best avoid the bees. Seek professional help.