Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Bees

home remedies for bees

From the honeybee to the bumblebee, you probably didn’t know that there are over 25,000 different kinds of bees in existence[1]. While they may only stay active for two months out of the entire year, they can still become a nuisance during the summer months and when they’ve become trapped in your home. Since bees can easily adapt to any type of climate, they are found in every part of the world. If you need to get rid of bees, you may want to familiarize yourself with a couple of effective home remedies.

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Diagnosing a Bee Problem

Bees come out of hiding when the plants they are attracted to begin to bloom. For example, some honeybees are active in the springtime when maples are in bloom. Bees that pollinate berries are seen a bit later. Those that pollinate squashes are seen even later. Before you purchase heavy-duty spray or hire an exterminator, it is important to assess whether or not this is a serious problem or a temporary issue you can solve with a home remedy.

Diagnosing a bee problem means determining if you have encountered foraging bees, a swarm in transit, or a colony that has already been established. If you have detected an increased population of bees in your yard or around your house, sometimes there is no need to panic. Foraging bees will visit your yard in search of nectar and/or pollen. You should expect this sort of activity if you have a lot of flowers on your property.

A cluster of bees hanging on a tree is most likely using your yard as a rest stop. Swarms of bees can create a visual ranging in size from a baseball to larger than a football. Swarming bees have left their original colony and wish to find a new home. Some swarms will move on within a couple of hours or choose to stay for a few days. Witnessing this practice is quite a sight, as tens of thousands of bees usually make up a swarm. Since the bees are in transit and have nothing to defend, they are typically harmless [2].

However, if the swarm has lingered for about a week or so, and you can detect edges of wax honeycombs sticking out of the cluster – the bees have decided to make your tree their new, permanent residence. Quick action is required or the colony will continue to grow, causing more problems for you in the future.

Bee Home Remedies

There’s nothing worse than a painful bee sting in the summertime, especially if you possess an allergy. Whether you’re outside trying to enjoy the nice weather or want to eliminate the threat of a bee sting in the house, consider the following home remedies:
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a) Vacuum Cleaner:

If a nest in your home is relatively new, you can use a vacuum to disturb a fresh colony that usually consists of a queen and about 20 bees. This approach is most effective in the early evening when bees have returned to the nest. They are also quite slow at this time.

b) Threaten Water Sources:

Water plays an essential role in honey making for bees. Under normal circumstances, bees enjoy natural locations with little disturbance. However, during hot weather, some of these resources dry up and the bees must look elsewhere. Cut down on bee activity by draining or emptying water resources that are not in use, such as a kiddie pool after its use or flowerpots that have filled with rainwater.

c) Newspaper and Expanding Foam:

To protect the inside of a hollow tree trunk, use crumpled newspaper as a partial filler. Complete the job with expanding foam.

d) Aluminum Foil:

The sweetness of summertime drinks is irresistible to bees that have a reputation of swarming a nice glass of lemonade. Tightly cover the top of your glass with a piece of aluminum foil. Poke a straw through the foil for easy access.

e) Hair Spray:

Use water-soluble hair spray to exterminate a bee that has infiltrated the inside of your home. Simply aim and squirt the offending pest [3].

f) Check the Outside of Your Home:

Inspect the outside of your home for openings in the wood and other material where bees may find entrance. Fill them with caulk or fix holes.

g) Mothballs:

While it will look pretty ridiculous, try repelling bees by hanging socks or pantyhose in your yard, each containing a couple of mothballs.

h) Smoke:

Burn wood or paper underneath a beehive to create smoke, which will send bees flying away without killing them. This approach is best completed in the middle of the night.
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i) Paint Your Home:

If you fear an infestation of carpenter bees, which can literally eat you out of house and home, it is suggested to paint your house, as they are attracted to old and weathered wood. Also, make sure that the paint stays in good condition.

Resources

[1] http://www.ibra.org.uk/categories/faq#FAQ_15
[2] http://bees.ucr.edu/pestbees.html#diagnose
[3] Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg 181

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