Bee removal in Mesa, AZ or in any other part of the state is often sought because while bees are an essential part of the ecosystem and do a ton of work pollinating (including billions of dollars’ worth of crops), unless you’re a beekeeper you probably don’t want to live with them.
If you or a family member is allergic to bees, it even becomes dangerous to leave them alone. While there are a few ways you can get rid of them yourself, we would recommend getting in touch with a professional pest control company for larger hives. And if you’re allergic to bee stings or think you may be, do NOT attempt to remove or kill them yourself.
Some symptoms of being allergic include the following:
- Tightness in throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
If you’ve been stung and experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. While rare, you may also go into anaphylactic shock.
Now, if you see bees around your home it doesn’t automatically mean you have a beehive on your property. These could be scouts who are still looking for that new location.
If you spot a lot of bees all huddled together, this may be a swarm of bees en route to a new location and just stopping to let the queen rest. If you see a lot of them forming to look something like a deflated football and you don’t see a hive anywhere, they’re likely just passing by. It’s recommended that you leave them alone since they’re at their most docile without honey or a nest to protect and will leave in a day or two.
If you find a lot of bees coming and going through an opening in your house, then they’ve likely set up shop there. Roofs, attics, wall cavities are some places they can build a hive, which means places that aren’t easily accessible to you.
Before getting rid of them yourself or calling a pest control service, may want to find out if there’s a beekeeper in your area. If there is one and the hive you have isn’t too troublesome to remove, they may do it for free and take it home with them, safe and sound.
Before attempting to deal with bees yourself, make sure you’re wearing protective clothing and cover as much skin as possible. Gloves, scarf, hat, and even goggles would be a good idea.
Some things you can do to repel bees:
- Bees don’t like moth balls. Placing them around the hive will encourage the bees to relocate.
- Sprinkle cinnamon around their hive. The smell of it would also encourage them to relocate.
- Plant bee repelling plants – mint, citronella, and eucalyptus are some of the more popular choices.
If you’d rather kill the bees, some methods may be:
- Cut a soda bottle in half, and leave it full of very sweet soda near where a lot of bees are. They’ll be attracted to the sweet liquid and drown in it.
- Mix one part dish soap and four parts water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the bees you see and the hive if visible. This will agitate the bees though and they’ll try to sting you, so make sure you wear protective clothing, and do this sporadically while seeking shelter indoors between sprays.
- Spraying them with insecticide will also work – make sure you get one for specific for bees.
Because there’s a good chance they’ll end up stinging you while you attempt to deal with them, we would recommend getting in touch with a professional pest control service to take care of it for you. Since bees are also important to our ecosystem, whenever possible have them removed and not killed. Note though that removal services are typically more expensive than having pest professionals kill them.
If their hive is left attached to your house, make sure to properly dispose of it. Otherwise, you might find honey oozing through your ceiling or walls once no bees are left to maintain it.
Another thing to note is that once they’re removed, it’s also important to seal their entry point or points – you don’t want new bees in the future finding it and leaving you with the same problem again.
Depending on what kind of bee it is, there may be different methods needed to repel or kill them. It’s also possible that you’re mistaking wasps for bees – and wasps are much more aggressive so you should know what you’re dealing with first! For more information on wasps and bees, check out our blog entries for them here.