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How to Get Rid of Bees Home Remedies

Bees can be vicious little creatures when they want to be. They annoy you, irritate you and sting you when the mood strikes. They are like an uninvited colleague that follows you everywhere and keeps buzzing around you in your car, in the meeting, in the bathroom - possibly everywhere. You know why? It’s the sweet smelling perfumes that you are wearing, it confuses them that you might be a scented treat, which is why they follow you everywhere.

Here’s an interesting fact – bees cannot see. Despite having two to three pairs of eyes, they cannot see but their smelling sense is strong.

Getting rid of bees can be quite difficult because you need to figure out where the bees are coming from. They might have created a nest inside the walls or one outside your window, in a tree. No matter where the bees are coming from, you need to take immediate action because these insects can spread diseases depending on where they have been and what they land on afterwards, in your home.

About Bees

Did you know that there are around 20,000 species of bees that have been discovered? Bees like to travel in colonies and are attracted to everything sweet. Of course, there are other bees too such as the carpenter bee that destroys wood but the ones commonly found in homes are honey bees or stingless bees. Most people are not able to distinguish bees because to them, all are flying insects that must be killed. A beehive contains a group of three types of bees – The queen bee, the drones, and worker bees. Each bee has its function to perform:

  • The queen bee is the first female and is the only one that lays eggs.

  • The drones are males and are used for the mating process.

  • The worker bees are females but do not lay eggs. They are responsible for keeping the colony alive, collecting nectar and feeding their offspring.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid Of Bees

If your house has been lately swarming with bees, try these following home remedies to get rid of them:

Before starting, as mentioned earlier, if the bees have built a nest inside the walls, then you need to knock down the wall to get rid of them. Since you don’t know how far inside the wall the beehive is, it is better to call a professional to knock down the wall before starting or else the bees might go into another cavity. With that said, here are the remedies:

  1. Soapy Water

Soap water is a great way to kill bees but you need to proceed with caution. Early morning or evening is the perfect time for you to do this because at this time, the bees are resting and have low energy levels. For this you will need three things:

  • 2 cups mint liquid soap

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 pot boiling water

Mix water and soap, and pour it on the beehive. Now pour the boiling water slowly. The hot water will spread the soap further into the hive and kill the bees instantly. You can then bag the beehive and destroy it. This remedy can also be used in spray form.

  1. Citronella Candles

This remedy will not kill the bees but will surely keep them out of your house. Citronella candles help ward off mosquitoes, as well as different species of bees. This will not only keep the bees out but will also force the bees living inside the walls to fly out.

  1. Vinegar Spray

Vinegar works in the same way as water does. The difference is that you can use vinegar spray on flowers and plants too. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it over the hive, keeping track of the time. If you have any flowers on your porch or windowsill, make sure to spray them too. Plus, spray in the general vicinity where the bees usually swarm. Once the bees die, you can bag the hive and use a handheld vacuum to suck the dead bees.

  1. Garlic Spray

A combination or garlic and white vinegar is lethal to bees. To make the garlic spray, place a couple of fresh garlic cloves in cooking oil and let them soak for a couple of days. As for the vinegar, the cheaper its quality, the more acidic it will be. The smell of the garlic and the acidity of the vinegar will suffocate and prevent them from flying.

  1. Citrus

You can easily make your own citrus spray at home to stop bees from entering your house. In a pot, boil water and add citrus fruit slices such as lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit. When the water has boiled down to 1/3 of its volume, remove from heat and let the mixture cool down. Pour this solution in a spray bottle and use it around the hive and areas where you feel bees are coming from.

  1. Natural Bee Lure

We all know that bees are attracted to sweet smells so, you have an advantage here to lay out traps for them. If you are a bit squeamish about killing bees, then there’s a great way to get rid of them. Add some ripe mango slices in a zip lock bag and leave it twenty feet away from where the nest is located. Let it sit for three days and then move it back further. The bees will be attracted to the smell of mango and will hopefully relocate away from your home.

Another method is to place a bucket of water underneath the beehive. Add some sugar in it and let it set until the bees come out. The trick here is to add some soap into the water. As soon as the bees will land on the water, its surface tension will break, drowning the bees, which will suffocate them and they will die.

So, there you go six remedies for getting rid of bees. If you have a beehive outside your house, then the safe thing to do would be to exterminate them. These natural remedies are quite easy to make and comes in handy when trying to get rid of bees present inside the house.

Get Professional Products From Solutions To Help Control Bees

Are the home remedies not cutting it for you? If not, then Solutions Pest & Lawn can assist you. We have a selection of products which can help you control bees. Now if you’re dealing with honey bees, we’d recommend calling a professional out to properly dispose of the bees as they are essential to the environment, but for any other kind of bee we suggest either spraying or dusting the bee and their nest. We recommend using Drione Dust along with a Handheld Pesticide Duster and applying this directly on the bees nest. Aside from that, you can knock down any bees nest or attacking bees themselves with Wasp Freeze Aerosol. Make sure you are adequately protected from stings.

We have a Professional Bee Suit you can order if you decide to take on this job and want full protection.


Bees around the home can be quite alarming, especially if you are someone who is allergic to bee stings. However, if you follow the steps we’ve provided above or equip yourself with the professional bee control products we carry, you won’t have to worry about bees for long. For more helpful DIY pest control advice, reach out to us by phone at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or contact us by logging into a chat with a live representative on our website and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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