How To Remove Bumble Bees and Honey Bees
If you call a pest control company and they identify bumble bees and honey bees, they will not exterminate them. Instead, they will contact, or have you contact, local beekeepers. Using a bait trap, the beekeepers will coax the bee colony out of the hive and into a box hive. From there, the beekeepers can relocate these harmless bees.
You should not try to do this on your own. Without the proper knowledge, experience, and tools, you can upset the hive and provoke them into stinging you.
How Bee Exterminators Work
It’s unlikely carpenter bees will sting you, but they can cause a great deal of damage to your wooden surfaces. In addition to drilling holes, carpenter bees will leave pollen near the entry hole, leaving stains.
In order to carpenter bees you’ll have to call a pest control company. After performing a free home inspection, they’ll determine the best course of action.
One option is to remediate the structure the carpenter bees are going into. This can be done by replacing materials from wood to something the bees can’t drill into, or painting and staining the wood—carpenter bees typically stay away from treated wood.
A common method for pest control companies is either dusting or spraying chemicals into the holes in your wood or the access points. Injecting the treatment will eradicate the bees over time. Keep in mind that this won’t be immediate. The treatment can kill adult bees, but may not harm any eggs that have already been laid if the treatment isn’t residual. The larvae will continue to grow, and eventually hatch. Your pest control company will likely have to return to treat and monitor over the course of several seasons.
Different companies have different plans for eliminating carpenter bees. Some offer control and prevention on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis, while others will include bee control as part of a comprehensive annual program. The specific company can advise the schedule after performing the free inspection.
What Not To Do
It’s not advisable you try to exterminate bees on your own. It can be dangerous to you, and it can kill harmless bees that actually do a great deal for agriculture. If you think you’ve identified carpenter bees, you still shouldn’t take action. Internet research and protective clothing won’t be enough to get the job done.
- Do not use diatomaceous earth.
- Do not seal the exit hole of a bee hive.
- Do not spray chemicals yourself.
- Do not pour boiling water directly into a hive.
- Do not cover a hive with a tarp and weigh it down to starve bees.
How to Prevent Bees
In general, you won’t want to prevent the occasional bee from pollinating your garden. But if you’re worried about bees building hives, there are a few steps you can take.
The easiest way to prevent carpenter bees is by painting and staining your wood. Carpenter bees do not like to drill through or lay eggs in treated wood.
Bumble bees are attracted to sweet sweet foods. If you leave trash out with soda cans and empty fruit juice bottles, you may pique some bees’ interest. Take out your trash often and be sure to clean your can to avoid attracting them.
Burning citronella candles can repel bees, since they don’t like the scent.