Killing a bee or a hive of bees can be a hectic task, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. People might just tell you to live with them, but sometimes it’s better that they find home in someone else’s house.
So if you are getting irritated to such an extent that you are ready to kill the entire bee colony, there are a few things you need to do first. If you don’t take the necessary steps, you might just end up being stung all over your body. Trust me; you do not want to go through that excruciating pain.
Before starting off, the first thing you must do is identify; check which type of bee hive you are looking at and what kind of bee you need to kill. This is important because each type of bee has a different procedure to be dealt with. The two major kinds are: Honey Bees and Wasps.
Now, these species look quite similar. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference at the first glance. However, look closely and you’ll see how wasps are much different to honeybees. You’ll see that wasps are skinnier, angular and smoother, unlike honeybees which are a bit smaller and fatter with hairy skin. Also, the color is alternated, which means that where the honeybee has yellow stripes, the wasps would have black and vice versa.
On the other hand, they also differ in nature. Wasps are pests which have extremely painful stings and are more of a nuisance to us. They do kill some insects, but are not as useful to the ecosystem and are not endangered either. Killing them should be the best way to go.
Honey bees, however, are very important species. They contribute a lot to the ecosystem, through pollination and production of honey. They are also endangered presently and struggling to grow their colonies. Carpenter bees are also a sub-type of honeybees and are important to the ecosystem. There is absolutely no reason to kill them, yet we can relocate them, or get rid of them naturally if they become too irritating for you.
Now that you’ve identified them, let’s move on to the killing:
These pests can sometimes make their nest a little too close for comfort. Wasps usually make their nests in the ground or in trees. Once you’ve located where the nest is, you can use any regular wasp spray to kill them by spraying it at the mouth of the nest. Do this in Spring when the queen is yet to reproduce and also at midday when bees are less active. Wearing protection might be a good idea too.
You can also make a hot water and detergent solution. Use any kind of detergent except soap e.g. dishwasher, and then mix it in hot water. It should not be boiling water, just the hot tap water you can easily get. Once the mixture is ready, you can use it on the bees using a high pressure spray, or even fill it in the ground nests where some wasps may lie. Be sure to cover both entrance and exit of the ground when done.
Honey Bees and Carpenter Bees
The best way to get rid of these is to call the local beekeeper and have the bees relocated. This way the bees would also be preserved and your problem dealt with. Though there are also other natural methods of dealing with them. You can always use a fruit scent to draw them away. Use pieces of fruit, cut out and placed in a plastic bag. Leave the mouth open and the bees will automatically go to it. Do it multiple times, while increasing the distance of where you place the bag. Eventually the bees will stop coming back to your house.
You can also use soda to kill bees. Cut the top half of a preferably 1.5 liter soda bottle. Then invert it into the other half. Pour soda or juice into the bottle and place it close to the bee nest. They will eventually come to drown themselves inside the bottle.
There are also a few things which will help you get the job done efficiently. When you are using insecticides, use a pressure spray so that you can stand at least 20 feet away at safety from stings. WD 40 can be a perfect alternative for any insecticide. Be sure to get rid of the hive once you’re done to prevent further bees from entering.