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Removing a Beehive On Your Own

First off, NEVER, ever try to remove a beehive on your own. This is probably one of the worst things you can do. I can’t tell you how many “beehive removal fail” videos we’ve seen on Youtube where an Arizona resident tries to remove a beehive on their own.

There is simply no safe way to remove a beehive on your own that won’t result in more than a few stings, a potential trip to the hospital, and a spot on the news. If you’re lucky, no one gets seriously hurt.

Articles floating around Google, like the one below, showing you how to remove your own beehive DIY are horrible endorsements of a DIY pest removal option that can get you seriously injured.

If you have a beehive on your property, don’t wait to call in an expert. And I’m not talking about finding a Craigslist advertisement for someone who is unlicensed to come to your home. I can’t tell you how many calls we get from Arizona homeowners who have gone down this route, finding “cheap” beehive removal services, only to be completely let down when the bees return…

And if you don’t remove beehives correctly, they WILL return.

So, don’t do this:

Beehive removal sounds like a frightening prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. You do need to be aware of a few things and follow certain steps in order to have a successful beehive removal.

Note: These instructions are for destroying the beehive. However, because bees are an integral part of nature and food production, humane solutions should be considered before eliminating a colony. Many beekeepers and pest control companies will remove beehives for free, so check your local listings before pursuing this option.

Step 1 – Make Sure You Aren’t Allergic

Whether or not you have any other allergies, you may be allergic to bee stings. If you are allergic, the venom in a bee sting can cause serious problems such as swelling of the lips or throat, difficulty breathing, tightness of the throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, and passing out due to low blood pressure. For highly allergic individuals, this can be fatal. If you have experienced an allergic bee sting reaction, then beehive removal is best left to the professionals.

Step 2 – Protect Yourself

When attempting to perform a beehive removal, it’s important to wear appropriate clothing. Professional bee removers wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing, and you should too. Bees are aggravated by dark-colors and rough clothing.

Look for a beekeeper’s veil and leather gloves for additional protection of your face and hands. A bee smoker can help calm bees and make them less likely to sting. Don’t wear any perfume, cologne, after-shave, or scented deodorant. The bees may confuse your scent with the scent of flowers.

Step 3 – Locate The Beehive

This sounds like a no-brainer, but often beehives are located in out of the way places like chimneys or in the walls. Also check out bird houses, pots, your attic, trash cans, and any open structure where bees can get in.

Honey bees that nest in your walls pose a health problem as well as a danger to the structure of your house. Beehives in the house can hold 20 to 80 pounds of honey. Honey can ruin walls and ceilings if not removed.

Chimneys are prime targets for bees seeking a new location for a hive. Scouting bees look for places to make their nest. If your chimney doesn’t have a protective screen, you may have a beehive inside. When completing a beehive removal, don’t make any sudden movement. Be sure to exercise extreme caution around any suspected beehives. If you see numerous bees flying around in your house, you know bees have nested. Immediate beehive removal is recommended.

Step 4 – Best Time To Perform Beehive Removal

Kill established bee colonies in late winter or early spring when the bee population in the hive is the smallest. You will also want to apply insecticide in the late afternoon. Again, this is when all the bees will be in the hive or nest. Bees sleep in the evening and early morning.

Step 5 – What To Use For Beehive Removal

In terms of chemicals, a good insecticide such as Sevin works. You will need repeated applications in order to kill all the bees inside the hive.

To remove a beehive located inside your walls, tap with a hammer and listen for the bees’ answering buzz. This is where the nest or hive is located. You’ll need to bore a hole (preferably through an outside wall) and apply the insecticide to the hive.

Step 6 – The Process

Once you’ve located the beehive, put on your protective clothing, beekeeper’s veil, and leather gloves. It’s time to remove your first beehive. Spray the insecticide on the beehive. Do this in the late afternoon or early morning as indicated above. Repeat the application several times in order to kill all the remaining bees in the hive. Remove and destroy the beehive to prevent foraging bees from neighboring colonies from moving in.

Dispose of the removed beehive by placing it in a plastic garbage bag you securely tie. Make sure all the bees inside are dead. Then place it in a trash disposal container (with a tight lid) and put out for trash pickup. After the beehive removal, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. Plug all entrances where bees could gain an entry point. Seal all openings in walls. Install screens over vents and rain spouts. If you’ve bored a hole in an outside wall, seal it up and paint as necessary.

What to Do If You Have Bees in Your Home

Bees are a nuisance and they can create large difficult to remove hives in your Glendale, Arizona home or business. If you suspect that you have a beehive in your home, you should call pest control as soon as possible. In most cases you will not be able to safely or easily remove a hive on your own. A pest control company may also be able to preserve the hive and relocate it to protect the local bee population when appropriate.

What to Do If You Have Bees in Your Home

Take Pictures of the Insects

The first step is to identify what type of bee or insect you have. Take pictures of the bees and send them to your pest control company so that they can identify them. The company can also stop by your home to inspect them in person, but you need to identify what type of insects you have so that the proper removal technique can be used. Stinging insects like wasps will make nests out of wood fiber, while honeybees have nests with honeycomb made from beeswax. A local beekeeper may also be able to help you identify them.

 

Honeybees Can Be Difficult to Remove DIY

If you find that you have honeybees in your home, you should know that they can be very difficult to remove on your own. The hive can be located in your walls and some hives can be extensive. A pest control company can remove the hives safely and often do it a lot more quickly and efficiently than you would be able to on your own. Other insects like wasps and hornets can be difficult to remove as well, but they will often have smaller hives.

 

Call Magic Pest Control Right Away

Calling a Magic Pest Control in Glendale, Arizona will likely save you a lot of stress and time when dealing with your bee problem. The Magic Pest Control specialists will know how to thoroughly inspect your home and ensure that there are no hives that are overlooked, and they will remove the hive with safe methods. We will also be able to advise you on how to close openings and secure your home to avoid bees in the future.

Termites Are Most Active Right Now

Termite season is quite literally year round. If there is a time of year when termites in Arizona are least active, it could be said that it’s in the middle of winter when temperatures cause termites to seek deeper hiding areas. However, the moist air in wintertime also leads to damp, soft wood, which Arizona termites live for.

As our temperatures warm up and springtime bugs make their way, including bees and scorpions, termites are becoming more active. Termites can breed and invade your in complete silence, hiding in plain sight.

Termites feed off the soft wood that might be within your walls, around your windows and doors, collecting in your garage or backyard, or within your attic. Termites tend to slow down in the winter but become more active as temperatures rise, just like many other insects and animals of the desert.

Some of the most obvious signs to start looking for as Spring approaches are termite tubes and wood debris. When you’re doing your springtime planting or cleaning, look around the foundation of your home, your windows, and in the garage for termite tubes. They look like sticks of mud running vertical along the walls, trim or foundation.

If you think you might have termites, don’t wait and don’t’ try to get rid of them on your own. Arizona termites can potentially destroy your home, causing a great deal of damage in very little time. Call us as soon as you think you might have a termite problem.