Bees are undoubtedly productive garden insects. They are our source of honey, they pollinate our flowers and our vegetables, and they are necessary to the
survival of much plant life in general. They can however, become aggressive little beasts when it comes to defending their hives. They have stingers for a
reason. If you so happen to be one of the people that have severe allergies, their sting can even be fatal. For this reason, bees often need to be
controlled around living and work spaces.
But is it Really a Bee?
So you have an insect buzzing around your home that you suspect is a bee. But is it? Often yellow jackets, a type of wasp, with their yellow and black
coloring and long abdomens are sometimes mistaken for bees (and the other way around, too). The difference between them is important. The more aggressive
yellow jackets are bigger and are smooth and shiny all over and live underground. Bees on the other hand, are covered in light fur and generally live in
hives either in trees or under your awning.
Identify the Type of Bee
Honeybees should be re-located rather than killed because of the decline in their populations.
Bumblebees are also suffering a decline in these years so you may want to consider re-locating them as well.
Since each class of bees respond to specific chemicals, determining the type invading your living space is important. Make sure you've identified the type
of bee you have correctly. Other bee types that can be an issue include:
- Africanized honeybees – This bee variety is very aggressive and dangerous. Professional pest control help is recommended.
· Carpenter bees – This type of bee carves perfectly circular holes in wooden parts of your home's exterior. They can be a pest for this reason, but are
usually not aggressive.
· Native Stingless honeybees – These generally are not aggressive, and do not become a problem to homeowners.
So How Do You Kill the Bees?
A variety of bee elimination methods can remedy your problem. Chemical pesticides are most potent, although the trend is towards more eco-friendly methods.
— with a proven record against bees, you can spray this directly on the nest to kill the bees immediately.
Hot Water and Detergent
— Use a mixture of very hot tap water and detergent (not soap) in a pressure sprayer to douse the nest from a safe distance.
If you are dealing with native or European honeybees, you can have them removed by a professional beekeeper. This is also your best option for dealing
with a full hive built in the awnings of your porch or deck. With the decline of the honeybee population due to hive collapses, many beekeepers are happy
to humanely remove a hive for you at no charge.
Whatever method you decide to use, be aware of the possibility of danger and take all precautions necessary. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching bees
or their hives, trust your gut instinct and call a pest control professional.