Bee Hive Removal

– How To Do It Easily

By: - Home Improvement - May 21, 2011
bee hive removal

If you have a problem with bees and they have built a hive in your home or a bush or tree in your garden, bee hive removal will eventually become a necessity.  However, removing hives does seem like a daunting task.  Many people are unsure of how to go about it, usually opting for the expensive task of hiring a professional.  Fortunately, if you are careful and take the right precautions for safety, you can remove any bee easily by yourself.  So, how do you do it?
When you consider bee removal, you have to understand that you cannot exterminate honey bees because they are already at risk from other insects and parasites and though you might not eat honey, honey bees are the main source of pollination of plants which feed you, me and the animals and birds of this world.  One less honeybee hive is one-step closer to overall human and animal extinction.  If you have a honeybee hive, you should get professional help from a beekeeper who can transfer these vital creatures to a safe hive where they can do what honeybees do without bothering you in the least.  Many beekeepers will do this for free as they make money from the honeybees.  However, if you have regular bees, wasps or hornets, you should get rid of them, preferable when they are not as aggressive and active.  Usually a calming of the insects happens as the weather cools, especially in the autumn and winter, rarely in the spring or summer.
When you do your own removal, you should practice serious safety measures around the hives.  If a queen or a bunch of bees land on you, the whole swarm could follow and it is no joke that people have been stung to death, or those with serious allergies to bees, wasps or hornets fight for their lives after being stung.  You main job is to avoid being stung and to have someone around wearing the same safety hat and clothing as you in case you get into trouble.  Always ensure that you have access to a phone in case you need emergency help.  If you get stung, either pull the stinger out with tweezers, never squeezing, or if this is too difficult, get a raw onion cut in half and put the cut part on the stung area which will remove the stinger quickly.  Now, in regards to removing bees; only kill the bees and any other insects if there is sufficient danger posed to you and others.  Otherwise, if the hive is easy to get to, such as being in a tree, cut away the branches and twigs that are in the way and remove the hive whole with the branch, ensuring that it does not fall or break apart.  If you are doing bee hive removal to avoid killing the insects, place the hive into a deep box with no holes, carefully cover the top with netting to keep the insects inside, but at the same time allowing them to have air.  Put them into the back of a pick-up truck and take them miles away to a new location, resting the bee hive in a place where it will not be disturbed by animals or people and remove the netting, leaving the insects and their hive behind.  However, if you are doing bee removal and have to kill the insects, you will first need to buy strong wasp spray and cover the entire hive in a plastic garbage bag, before spraying the spray into the bag, ensuring that the plastic opening is kept tight around the canister until all the spray has been removed.  Push the canister into the bag, sealing up the opening and securing it.  Leave it for as long as is recommended in the spray’s instructions and then remove the hive by cutting it out and throwing the hive away.
Bee hive removal can be done by most people and done easily.  However, if you have honey bees you should get a beekeeper to relocate the hive and if you have grumpy insects, you should kill them to protect yourself and others, only if it absolutely necessary.  If for some reason your hive is in a place that is hard to reach or remove, you will need professional help with the bee removal.

Photo: “Natural beehive”, copyright 2010 – Bilby, reproduced under Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution License 3.0 Unported, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Natural_Beehive.jpg


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