Bees can be a common sight in our garden. They help in pollination and as such can ensure that our garden remains flourishing. But if these insects live too close to our homes, then we should consider containing them to avoid possible stings. While professional help can be sought to remove bees' nests, this can be effectively done on your own if you follow these simple precautionary measures.
1. Find where the nest is.
This is very important as the effort of bee removal may be put to waste if you failed to eliminate the whole colony. Most bees prefer dark areas for nesting locations. So they may be inside your house walls or even in your attic. Tapping the wall and listening will help you pinpoint the exact location of the nest.
2. Wear protective gear.
Once you are certain of the nest's location, then it is time to use that bee spray. Most come in aerosol form and can be bought from almost all retail stores selling gardening stuff. Before spraying it directly to the nest though, it would be wise to wear protective eyewear, hats and gloves. You should also consider wearing layers of clothes to help protect you from bee stings.
3. Spray directly to the nest.
If the nest is inside the wall, then you can drill a hole through the wall to effectively bring in the insecticide. Some insecticide brands provide an attachment to the nozzle that looks like a straw. This will help inject the chemical more precisely into the crevice. Some employ smothering techniques such as plugging the entry and exit points with expandable foam. This has not been a very effective method as the bees will only look for other cracks and openings such as vents and even electrical outlets. Others use fire in the hopes that the bees will be quickly driven out. This is a very dangerous method and may set the house on fire.
4. Clean up the mess.
Once the colony is annihilated, the leftover nest, honey and carcass will attract other bees, animals and insects as well. Cleaning up and making sure that nothing is left behind for them to feed on should be done.
Bee removal can be effectively done even without a professional's help if you observe precautionary measures. Just make sure to seek a doctor's assistance if you get stung by a bee and exhibit allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, dizziness and nausea.