While bees prove to be blessing to mankind in a number of ways that include manufacturing delicious honey with its range of health benefits and the role that they play in pollination. However, even after all these benefits if you suddenly find a beehive in your backyard or anywhere around your house you are sure to feel a little insecure wing to a number of reasons. For starters, many people look at bees as aggressive creatures whose sting and bite causes a range of diseases and allergies to the people who are prone to them. Even if you are not allergic to them, you are sure wary of the pain their bites cause.
Finding a beehive in a close proximity is sure to feel more dangerous as there is an increased chance of getting a bite and sting from these bees. Sometime these stings prove to be fatal as well. The best way to deal with a beehive is to get rid of it using strategic steps that ensure your safety. If you these strict guidelines you can actually get rid of bees without any harm to yourself. However, if you are allergic to their sting or think that you will not be able to handle the process, it is better that you leave to the professionals who are not only experts in this department but also have proper gear which is required during the process.
Removing a beehive is supposed by many to be a harmful process, while you need to be careful with it, it is not necessarily a dangerous process. This article has discussed a six step procedure to get rid of a beehive which may be present around you.
Ensure that you are not allergic to bee sting
A lot of people are allergic to many things which cause them allergic reactions and cause temporary but severe kind of pain; even if you are not allergic to other things, before you begin to start the process of removing a beehive you need to make sure that you are not allergic a bee sting. If you are, than you need to avoid handling a beehive on your own; leave this task to the professionals or others who are not allergic to this. A lot of people who are not allergic to many things but are very allergic to bee stings whose venom may cause swelling to their throat, hands, lips, cause tightness of throat, difficulty in breathing, and diarrhea. It may also cause lightheadedness and even passing out owing to extremely low blood pressure. Sometimes these symptoms get so serious that may even become fatal for the individual who suffer from its allergic reactions.
Make sure that you are protected against bee sting
Even if you are not allergic to bee sting it is important that you take sufficient care before approaching a bee hive as it may not cause and allergic reaction to your body but can still cause severe pain. You need to be well protected against any such harm; make sure that you are wearing proper clothes through which bees cannot sting you. Wearing light colored clothes is highly recommended as bees get aggravated due to dark color clothing. Also make sure that they the clothes you are wearing have a smooth texture as bees find rough textures offending in addition to dark colors.
In addition to clothing, you need to have proper gear as well. Wear a beekeeper’s veil and also find some leather gloves to ensure an extra protective layer over your hands and face. To make the process easier, you can use a bee smoker as well which will calm the bees down and they will become less like to sting and bite you. Since bees are attracted to flowers, you will be much better off without any sort of scent coming off your body as they may confuse you for flowers and try to come near you making the process more difficult than it actually seems.
Identify where the beehive is located
While this one seems like an obvious one, but you will find that bees often make their hide out in places which people usually find very unlikely for a beehive to be found in. these places can include pretty out of the way places like chimneys, inside walls, any bird houses around your house, attics, trash cans and pots and any other place which is ling out in the open and is big enough for a beehive to fit can have an actual beehive in it; you need to check closely if you are trying to solve the problem completely.
The honey bees which find a hideout inside your walls can not only prove to be a health concern but can also damage the structure of your house. Generally each beehive has almost 20 to 80 pounds of honey inside it, the weight of which can ruin the structure of a building including the walls and ceilings.
Chimneys are among some of the most prime targets where bees like to make their hideouts and make their hives. Mostly it is the scouting bees which look out for a place to make a beehive in so if your chimney is without a screen you are most likely to find a beehive there. During the process of beehive removal you need to avoid in sudden movements and make sure that you are very cautious because the bees you are planning to attack can become suspicious of your movements. If you find a number of bees flying around an area of your house you can roughly guess where the beehive must be located and start the removal process immediately.
Attach at the right movement
During the winter season and early spring the population in beehives is at its annual lowest and that is the best time to plan your attack in beehives so you can get over with it quickly and the chances of them attacking you back also become lesser than any other time of the year. When applying insecticide in a beehive, you need to wait for late afternoon instead of doing so in morning as it is in afternoons when most of the bees are present in the beehives and you will have a chance to kill all of them at once. Bees rest during evenings and early mornings and you need to plan your move around that time.
Products used in beehive removal
To kill the bees present in a beehive you will need a good quality insecticide when it comes to the chemicals products that to be used during the process of beehive removal. In order to make the most out of your insecticide you will need to apply it repeatedly so all the bees can be killed after all the effort and the problem is solved for good.
In the case the beehive you are planning to attack is located inside a wall of your house you will first need to make sure that it is actually present there and that you move will not be wasted. To make sure, tap the area with a hammer and wait for the angry buzz from the bees present inside the beehive. After you have identified the exact spot of the beehive, you will now need to make a hole in the wall and apply the insecticide over there so the bees present in the beehive can be killed.
The process of removing the beehive
After you have successfully identified where the beehive is located, you need to put on appropriate clothes, the protective gear including leather gloves and face veil and preferably your bee smoker to calm the bees down in case they become agitated. Apply the insecticide or the bee killing chemical that you have chosen and apply it on the beehive in late afternoon or early morning, the reasons for which have been described earlier. Keep on applying the insecticide until you are sure that all the bees inside the beehive have been killed and there would no resistance by them. Once you have made sure that all the bees are dead, remove the beehive so bees from the surrounding beehives do not come and try to settle in this one.
Once you have removed the beehive from its located, place it in a plastic bag and tie it tightly. Before doing so you need make sire once against that all the bees inside the beehive are dead. Put is away in your trash bin with a tight lid and leave it there for trash pickup. After all of this, you need to clean the area where the beehive was originally located with a mixture of soap and water. The hole that you made in the wall to gain access to the beehive now needs to be covered so any other bees cannot enter your house through it. Make sure that your chimney now has a screen, vents and rain spouts are to be covered as well to limit the access that bees have in various locations of your house.