Forcing the bees out of the hive, deterring the creation of a hive, altering the environment of an existing hive and creating a "bee zone" are all options that can be tried first before resorting to complete eradication. |
Honeybee hives are of particular concern due to the residual honeycomb left behind when the bees vacate. The honey may attract all kinds of other pests if left in the siding of a house; also, the hive can melt and seep through the walls. Plan on working with the bee nest on cooler days and at night time when the bees are not as active. Wear rubber gloves and protective clothing to prevent bee stings. Small colonies of bees usually found under an overhang or eave of a structure can be forced out by vacuuming the bees and scraping the colony into a jar for relocation. Soak larger colonies with a hose to efficiently drive away bees. Smoke the bees out by burning wood or paper under the hive.
Once bees are forced out, the actual cells of the hive will still need to be removed or the bees will simply return after the disturbance is over. Removing a hive as bee control process can be an intimidating task, especially when bee stings cause allergic reactions. However, with a few tools found around the house and some protective clothing, removing a colony of bees can be a fairly simple. It should be noted that due to the importance of bees in an ecosystem, killing the colony should be a last resort. Treatment is effective when done in the very early spring, such as February or March, when stored honey is at its lowest level and the bee population is lowest and weakest. New swarms are more easily killed soon after they enter the building. The best time of day to apply the insecticide is late afternoon when all the bees are at home. The bees will be less cross on nice days than when the weather is overcast or rainy. Do not plug the hole immediately after dusting the nest because this may force the agitated bees into the living quarters of the home. Bees will find or make unused or new exits, sometimes indoors.
When the need is to remove bees,wasps and yellow jackets,contracting pest control exterminators is the only way you can guarantee the task.
Pest Control Auckland companies may be contacted to destroy the bees if needed. Although killing adult bees is usually fairly easy, removal of the comb and honey can be very difficult. It might be useful to have a beekeeper and carpenter or beekeeper with carpenter abilities present to assist. Bees from other colonies can also be a nuisance around the home as long as honey remains to be robbed from the killed colony. Scavenging insects, such as carpet beetles, wax moths, ants, or flies, are also attracted to killed bee colonies. Altering the Environment of Existing Hives
If a hive is already established in an unwanted place, altering the environment will cause bees to seek a more desirable place to create a new nest. Two of the resources bees need to thrive is food and water; therefore, locating and removing the sources of food and water might be enough to drive them away. Doing this would entail cutting flowers and allowing water basins to dry up. Another alteration is to paint the wood surfaces near the hive. Bees are attracted to untreated wood so simply varnishing or painting the wood will make a nest in the area less desirable.
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