Bees serve as an important part of the ecosystem - yes, the one we are part of. And the truth is, if their existence becomes threatened, so would ours. But in reality, you can't exactly be an advocate for bees when you have a sting buried painfully on your skin. It is as if it were mocking you while you, the innocent human being, wince in pain from the sting and its venom. As much as you would want to kill it at that point, you might be surprised to learn that it has beaten you to the punch: Once a bee stings a perceived threat, its spine comes off along with the sting and the insect dies. Getting rid of bees can be a tricky task--especially when you have a hive in your yard.
Try these removal tips to get rid of those pesky visitors:
- Determine if it is a wasp or a bee. Many confuse one from the other as they look very much alike. Rule of thumb: Bees are chubbier and have an almost rounded shape while wasps are thinner and more vicious. Wasps are more likely to attack you without provocation. Why do you have to differentiate them? Because there are different techniques you need to use if you have a wasp problem.
- Are they attacking you? Most bees would only attack when threatened, provoked or disturbed. Most residents aren't even aware that they have a bee population under their roof and it really hasn't been a problem. But if there are members of your household who are allergic to their stings, then you should consider taking them out.
- Find the beginning of your problem. Using your fly-swatter on every bee you see simply isn't enough. You have to remember that worker bees are the ones that you are probably seeing; the rest of the colony is in their nest. To get rid of the problem entirely, you need to find their hive. To do this, wait for dusk - this is when they go back to their nest., and you can follow them. When you find the hive, don't do anything rash. Assess your options. You may want to get rid of the insects naturally, or consider extermination with pesticides.
- Ask for help from your local bee farmers. This is one of the better solutions for your problem. You may inquire about this from your local co-op. What they will do is take out the bees from your place and bring them into their farms. Not only do you free your hands from killing these insects that actually help in pollination (yes, if you have a garden, they do actually help with your plants reproduce) you might actually get their services for free. The bee farmers will take care of bee hive removal so you don't have to. Plus, you won't have any pesticides laying around as a result.
- Make pesticides your last resort. If you really cannot find a bee farmer who could extract the insects for you and they are becoming a nuisance, you may choose to use pesticides. Go to the hive in the evening - this is important because this is when they are all at their home and asleep. But to be sure, put on extra clothing. Sweatshirts are your best bet because the thickness of the cloth would protect you in case there are some bees that are still awake. Spray the pesticide around the hive a couple of times. Do it again the next day until you make sure that you've exterminated the entire colony.
Before you go into the business of extermination, you should be aware that there is actually a shortage of bees in certain areas of the United States. So before you swat that bee, ask around - somebody is bound to know someone else who needs the expertise of these little creatures.