Bees are a common summertime pest, and they can make enjoying an outdoor space, mud room, or even part of your home impossible if left untreated. Dealing with bees in a quick, safe manner is often the only way to avoid damage to property, people, or pets, but it is important to know exactly what you are dealing with before you decide on any course of removal.
It is important to make sure you know what type of bees you have, as well as the location and size of the hive. Depending on whether you have ground bees, honey bees, or bumblebees, their patterns of activity and the needed method of removal will vary. If you are unable to distinguish what type of colony you have, or if the colony is too established for you to safely remove it yourself, consider a professional exterminator. They will be able to eliminate or move the hives and bees, making sure your property is safe and the bees do not return. This is the safest option for you, especially if you are allergic to bees, have children or pets who may wander into the removal site, or are inexperienced with pest chemicals or extermination methods. To locate an exterminator who can help you with your problem, consider requesting a free quote from our site for pest control services in your area.
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If you believe you know what kind of bees you have and feel comfortable removing the nest yourself, keep the following things in mind:
1. Always spray at night, and later in the year is better. Early spring and late winter are when the hive is the most empty, and many bees are dormant. This will help you avoid large numbers of bees leaving a hive.
2. Not all bee hive sprays are created equally. This is why it is so important to know exactly what type of bee you have, and where the nest is. Take the time to read the packaging. Some sprays will require you to wait a number of days before actually removing the hive, and others take more than one spray.
3. Take precautions. Move children and pets away from the hives prior to spraying. Check the area for cracks or crevices where bees could enter your home after the spray. Move yard items, such as planters or children's toys, where a similar incident could occur. Be sure you wear long clothing at all times while dealing with a bees nest.
4. Removal will take time and patience. You may have to spray more than once, and there is a risk of recolonization with certain types of bees. You may have to find and seal several cracks in your home, remove dead driftwood from the property, and possibly take down more than one nest in order to make your property safe again.
Caution and patience, as well as knowledge, are needed to successfully remove a bee's nest. Take the time to learn what type of bees you have, where they might relocate to, and what types of sprays work best for your particular situation. The more you know, the more effectively you may be able to remove the nest. If there are a large number of bees, or if you are uncomfortable with the process, remember that an exterminator can help you remove bees and keep them away.