How to Get Rid of Bees Home Remedies

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How to Get Rid of Bees Home Remedies

How to Get Rid of Bees Home Remedies

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"As with most invading bees, it's best to leave them alone rather than trying to eliminate them. An additional way to try to kick them off the property is to try playing load music near their nest. The disturbance may cause them to set up a nest elsewhere."

How to Get Rid of Bees From Your Home Safely

This page is an expert guide on getting rid of bee infestations safely and naturally by using the products and methods suggested by our experienced pest control specialists. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee you will be successful in getting rid of bees from your home.

Bees can be a troublesome pest to deal with around your home. They can annoy, irritate, and even sting you when the mood strikes. Whether they are Carpenter Bees, Honey Bees, Ground Bees, Bumble Bees, or another species of bee, the threat of getting stung can be very unpleasant, especially if you're allergic.

Bees are actually a vital part of the ecosystem. In fact, if bees did not exist, neither would we because of how vital their pollination tendencies are because they help us to produce food. Even so, if they are settling on your property, you may feel threatened.

In this guide, we will show you what you can do to get rid of bees from your property and what natural remedies you can use to keep them safely away without harming them.

Identification

Bee Hive

As mentioned, there are many different types of bees that exist. Nearly, 20,000 species have been discovered. While this may be overwhelming if you want to identify the pest that is buzzing around your property, there are common traits that can help you with identification.

Start by observing their bodies. Bees often have fuzzy hair on their round thicker bodies, six legs, a pair of wings, antennae and a stinger. Because they are pollinators, their hairy bodies aid them in collecting pollen more efficiently. Bees also are typically black and yellow but their coloration can vary to being a darker brown or a more brighter golden color.

Size is also another factor in properly identifying bees. Honey bees are smaller and are golden brown with black stripes while Bumblebees are larger and have a black body covered with yellow and black hair. Carpenter bees are the largest common type of bee and look similar to Bumblebees but are bigger.

Honey Bees

Honey bees are a beneficial bee that plays an essential role in the ecosystem through pollination. The easiest way to distinguish a honey bee from other bee species is by looking at the thorax or abdomen which is bloated and shaped like a barrel due to them carrying honey in their bellies. They also have their unique honeycomb hive where they store their honey.

Bumble Bees or Ground Bees

As mentioned earlier, Bumble bees can be identified by them having very plump and hairy black and yellow colored bodies. They are much girthier than honey bees and do not produce honey. Another way to differentiate Bumble bees is that they prefer to make their nests in the ground.

They are often regarded as "ground bees" though there are also other bees that are also called ground bees such as mining bees, leafcutter bees, and alkali bees.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are also a larger sized bee that doesn't produce honey. They look similar to bumble bees but are less hairy and their abdomen is mostly a shiny black color. The trait that makes Carpenter bees stand out the most is their preference for nesting inside of wood.

Inspection

Bee Hive in Tree

Getting rid of bees through safe and natural methods 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. Performing an inspection is a must to determine where the invading bees are and how you should approach bee removal.

Where To Look 

Look around your yard to see where bees have settled and scan for any nests. Depending on the bee type, where the nest is set up can vary. Honeybees typically make their nests in trees. actually nest in the ground while Carpenter Bees nest within wood.

What To Look For

You are looking for bee activity or their nests. Honeybees have distinctive honeycomb nests that are waxy. Since Bumblebees nest in the ground, you should be looking for a hole or opening that the Bumblebee moves in and out of. When inspecting for Carpenter Bees, you should be looking for holes that have been drilled in wood about a 1/2 inch in diameter. This is where they would set up their galleries.

Treatment

Your treatment approach will depend on what type of bee infestation you are experiencing. For Bumblebees and especially Honey bees, it's discouraged to try and use pesticides to get rid of them because they are beneficial insects. If there happens to be a swarm of Honey bees on your property, give them time to move on to a new location or contact a local beekeeper for assistance in removing the swarm.

If your infestation happens to be Carpenter Bees though, you will want to take action to protect your wood. To do this, you will need to treat the drilled holes with Fipro Foaming Aerosol then seal with holes with wood putty.

Step 1: Treat with Fipro Foaming Aerosol 

Treating Carpenter Bees with Fipro

Fipro Foaming Aerosol contains the active ingredient Fipronil which is lethal to Carpenter Bees. Fipro comes in a foaming formulation, which helps to ensure that it will reach deep into the Carpenter Bee galleries and kill any bees and eggs that are hiding inside. Apply the straw applicator tip to the Fipro can and then spray into holes on eaves, railing and posts directly into the drilled holes.  

Step 2: Seal the Holes With Wood Putty

Once the galleries have been treated, use wood putty to seal up the holes to prevent reinfestation. There is a possibility that you can be stung by Carpenter Bees during treatment so we recommend exercising the proper precautions to ensure the highest amount of safety.

Prevention

Spray remedy

For Bee infestations (particularly honeybee infestation), it is better to prevent their invasion with repellent products that will not harm them rather than pesticides so we wanted to share with you some home remedies to keep bees off of your property naturally.

How To Remove Bees Safely without Hurting Them

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.

Vinegar Spray

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. This will be unpleasant to bees and will make them want to go elsewhere.

Garlic Spray

A combination of garlic and white vinegar is also an excellent natural bee repellent. 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 the quality, the more acidic it will be. The smell of the garlic and the acidity of the vinegar will disorient them and prevent them from flying.

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.

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. 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.

Key Takeaways

Why are Bees on a Property a Problem?

  • Bees are beneficial insects in the ecosystem, but they can be threatening when they set up nests near a home or place of business.

How to Get Rid of Bees (Honey Bees, Carpenter Bees, etc)

  • To treat for Carpenter Bees, use a combination of Fipro Aerosol spray to inject into holes and then seal them with wood putty.

Preventing Bee Reinfestations

  • Prevent bee infestations with natural home remedies like using essential citrus, vinegar and other non-chemical options to keep them away without harming the bees.
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