Removing a beehive seems like a frightening task; and it is. Dave’s Pest Control doesn’t recommend DIY beehive removal to those inexperienced with bees and other stinging insects. To help you understand what is involved, we have outlined the steps for a small wild honey beehive removal. If of course, you aren’t sure if you are allergic to bee stings, are not sure what stinging insect species you are dealing with, don’t feel confident or courageous enough, or if you simply don’t have the time, equipment and other resources needed to tackle this on your own; call Dave’s Pest Control right away and we will handle the beehive removal for you!
Small Wild Honey Beehive Removal
Step 1: Make sure you aren’t allergic. Whether or not you have other allergies, you may be allergic to bee stings. If you happen to be allergic to bee stings, the venom from a sting can cause serious problems like swelling of the lips or throat, difficulty breathing, tightness of the throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness and passing out due to low blood pressure. To those that are highly allergic, these symptoms can be fatal. In this case you should contact a professional to do it.
Step 2: Protect yourself by wearing the appropriate clothing. Professionals wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing. Bees are known to be aggravated by dark-colors and rough clothing. We often also wear a veil and leather gloves for additional protection. A bee smoker can be used to calm bees down and make them less likely to sting. Do not wear any perfume, cologne, after-shave, or scented deodorant as they may confuse the smell with the scent of flowers!
Step 3: Locate the beehive. This may sound silly but beehives are often located in out of the way areas like chimneys or in walls. Make sure to check bird houses, the attic, openings in walls, trash cans, the ground and any open structure where bees can get in. Honey bees that nest in your walls pose health issues and danger to the structure of your home. Beehives can hold 20 to 80 pounds of honey and can ruin walls and ceilings if not removed. When you complete the removal be sure to avoid any sudden movements and exercise extreme caution around any suspected beehives.
Step 4: Choose the best time to perform beehive removal. A great time is in the late afternoon because this is when bees are likely to be in the hive or nest. Bees sleep in the evening and early afternoon.
Step 5: After you have suited up, you will have to get the queen out unharmed (easier said than done) and place her and the combs in a new hive to save the colony. This new hive should be taken miles away from your property. You will then need to remove and destroy the hive to prevent other bees from neighboring colonies from moving in. Dispose of the beehive by placing it into a plastic garbage bag that is securely tied and into a tightly sealed trash bin for garbage pickup. Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water and plug all entrances where bees could gain entry again.
These steps are for destroying a beehive, but not the bees. Because bees are an integral part of nature and food production, humane solutions should always be considered. Call Dave’s Pest Control to remove your beehive.