There are some creatures out there that makes your life a bit difficult. That the main reason why everyone wants to get rid of pigeons, right? But there’s more! Did you get stung by a bee as you stepped out of your home and into your garden? We all know how important bees are for the planet – it takes more than water, soil, and sunshine to make our world green.
If you are facing trouble with stings and bees are becoming a nuisance for you, then you have to get rid of the bees nest. A bee infestation can’t be good! Like slugs. They’re part of the environment with a significant role, however, they are damaging your vegetable garden. That’s why you want to get rid of slugs. However, you can kill neither slugs nor bees– you can’t disrupt the ecosystem. Therefore, in this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about getting rid of bees and their hives without harming them! Without further ado, let’s get started!
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The need to keep them away from your home
If bees are so important for the ecosystem, why is there a need to keep them away from your homes? Well, there are quite a few reasons why one would want to keep these stinging insects away. A few of them are mentioned below.
1. Allergic to Bees
We all are allergic to one thing or the other. There are people who are allergic to bees, and their allergies are so severe that one simple sting could be fatal for them. If you have a friend, family member, or neighbour who has a bee allergy, you need to ensure that there are no bees in or around your place. Getting rid of bees can save someone from a trip to the ER and it might even save their life.
2. Bee Stings Hurt
How many of us have been stung by a bee at least once in our lives? Most of us have and we can all agree that it hurts a lot. If there is a bee colony near your place, the chances of you or your family members getting stung increase greatly. Plus, if the hive is in your garden or yard, it can result in multiple stings even if you don’t do anything to aggravate them.
3. Bees Can Get Aggressive
Bees and bee stings are bad enough when they aren’t aggressive, but there are times when bees go on the offensive. There are several reasons for their aggression, for instance, if the weather is hot, if there are no flowers around to pollinate, etc.
If bees are present near your house in large numbers, then you need to take action. The chance of dealing with aggressive bees is an important reason why you should search for ways to remove them from your home naturally.
A step-by-step guide to get rid of them – Home remedies
Bees have an important role to play in the world and we can’t harm them. However, there are plenty of reasons for feeling the need to keep them away from your home. We have created this step-by-step guide for homeowners that will help you with the eradication of bees without causing any damage to the ecosystem’s balance.
Smoke is one of the most effective ways of keeping honey bees away from your home. Bees have a sharp sense of smell. When they smell the smoke, they believe that a forest fire is spreading. They leave the place immediately and it’s highly unlikely that they will return.
What You’ll Need
- Place dead firewood under the honeycomb very carefully.
- Douse the wood with kerosene.
- Light the cardboard on fire and keep it on top of the firewood.
- Don’t wait and watch while the bees are getting smoked out. Bees tend to become aggressive when they sense and smell smoke, and you might get stung if you are not at a safe distance.
Garlic has a strong scent as well and we can use it to make a homemade insecticide to keep the honey bees away.
What You’ll Need
- Spray bottle
- Garlic cloves
- Take eight garlic cloves and crush them.
- Take a glass of water and mix it with the crushed garlic.
- Put this mixture in the spray bottle.
- Spray this mixture around the hive several times until the honey bees leave.
3. Citronella Candles
These candles not only helps you get rid of bees but also keeps the mosquitos and other bugs at bay. These types of candles are easily available in candle shops and local grocery stores. You should light the candles at night since most of the bees are in their home.
You can also get an essential oil and use an oil diffuser to spread the oil in the surroundings. Candles as well as an essential oil are non-toxic and repel bees without harming them.
What You’ll Need
- Citronella candle
- Light up a couple of candles under the hive.
- This will take some time to work – a few days – so you have to be patient.
- You can’t use this method on rainy or windy days.
- Ensure that you keep the candles away from anything flammable.
4. Plant Bee Repelling Plants
There are many plants that are natural bee repellents. For instance, cucumber has acidic peels that act as bee deterrents. Neem, mint, pennyroyal, cloves, eucalyptus, etc. all have strong smells that honey bees don’t like.
Red marigolds and red geraniums are also bee repellent plants. Peppermint also has a strong smell and bees don’t like it. Plant them in your garden and bees will not build their nests around your home.
Cinnamon, especially dried cinnamon sticks, have a very strong smell that repels honey bees.
What You’ll Need
- Crushed cinnamon sticks/Cinnamon powder
- Spread the cinnamon powder over the areas where you want to drive the bees away.
- You will have to do this for a week before you start seeing results.
You can use any of the DIY methods that we have mentioned above to get rid of bees. However, if you are allergic to bees and can’t do the job without endangering yourself, you should call a professional to help you.
Relocating the beehive
If you see that bees have set up their hive in a tree in your yard or underneath your deck, relocating the hive is the best option that you have. If you try to relocate the hive yourself, we recommend that you wait till nightfall since most of the bees will be inside the hive, resting. Do get someone else to help you because removing bees and relocating hives is a difficult task.
Steps for relocating a beehive
- Firstly, inspect the hive and see how big it is.
- You will need to find a good spot for its relocation such as piles of wood/cinder blocks, sturdy tree branches, etc.
- Wear protective clothing before you attempt to relocate the hive.
- Block the entry point of the hive with mesh material or fabric. This will ensure that the bees will not come out of the hive and sting you.
- Make sure that the fabric is breathable so that the bees could still get oxygen to breathe.
- After blocking the entrance, wrap the fabric slowly and carefully around the whole hive.
- Grab the hive, and gently move it to the new location.
- Unblock the entrance.
- Keep monitoring the hive for a week or so, but don’t disturb it. You will be able to see if the bumblebees have reoriented to their new home or not.
- We recommend that you call the local beekeeper or exterminator who will know how to relocate the hive without harming you or the bees.
Why you should not harm bees
Before we move on towards learning ways to get rid of bees, we need to learn why we shouldn’t harm them. When most of us think about bees, we don’t think of them positively. The very first thing that comes to our minds is that bees sting. It’s just like wasps or flies. No matter how good they are for the environment, we are all looking for ways to get rid of them from the garden.
However, we need to know that bees are vital and essential for our planet. There are different types of bees, such as mining bees, ground bees, yellow jackets, hornets, carpenter bees, etc. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why bees are so important.
Do you love broccoli or asparagus? What about cranberries, melons, and apples? If you do, you should say thank you to the fuzzy little stingers we call bees. Bees move from flower to flower searching for nectar and help plants in propagation.
They are responsible for a lot of food that humans and other living creatures eat. Granted, there are other ways of breeding as well, but you will be surprised to hear that one-sixth of pollination all around the globe is done by bees.
2. Wild Plant Growth
We are not the only living creatures who depend on bees for food. There are many species of wildflowers and plants that depend on insect pollination. Bees help in the production of many nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits that serve as vital food for wild animals.
3. Bees: A Source of Food
We all know that bees produce honey. Humans have been harvesting honey for hundreds of years. You would be surprised to know that we aren’t the only species that use honey. Raccoons, possums, many birds, and insects use honey as a food source.
Also, bees are part of the chain and almost 24 bird species prey on bees. Other insects eat bees as well. Therefore, if you kill them, you are disrupting the entire food chain. Bees have a part to play in interconnected, complex ecosystems that allow different, diverse species to coexist.
4. Creators of Wildlife Habitats
Bees not only build elaborate hives for themselves, but they also build homes for millions of other animals and insects. The role of bees as pollinators is essential in the growth of savannah woodlands, temperate deciduous forests, tropical forests, etc. There are several tree species such as poplars and willows that can’t grow without the help of pollinators like bees.
Bees play a very vital role in the world and make sure that we and many other living creatures have the food we need. The bee population is already decreasing. However, it is harmful to have a hive or nest in or around your home for many reasons, such as bee allergies, etc.
It is not a good idea to use insecticides or pesticides for pest control, especially for bee removal. With the help of non-toxic, natural ways that we have discussed above, you can easily get rid of bees and their nests from your homes, and solve your bee problem.
Here’s to a greener, peaceful world!