Bee Hive Removal
A Few Tips About Bee Hive Removal
The bee is an incredible and important insect, but when housed to close for comfort, we face the dangers of the bee hive. Removal can be accomplished only after the hive has been abandoned, either by the death of certain species during the winter months, or by chemical pesticide applications. As most of us are in the deep throws of spring and summer, the bees most active and productive season, before we realize there is a problem, we don’t have the luxury of waiting until fall or winter to take action.
When considering bee hive removal, you must put your safety first. Studying the flight patterns and entry and exit routes of the bees from a safe distance will give you an idea of the most penetrable attack area. It is recommended that you use chemical sprays and household poisons during the late evening or early morning hours, while the bees are generally collected within the hive. Wear thick, protective sweat suit material with elastic leg and arm bands, as this will buffer a potential bee sting should there be an unexpected retaliation.
The strength of the pesticides available today tend to be very effective, and if your timing is right you will quickly disable the entire nest. Spraying during the daytime hours is not recommended, as the busy worker bees are running back and forth during this time. As they come back to the hive, they will sense the poison and begin to hover together outside of the site. This could cause the pheromone alarm reaction that causes bees to behave defensively against threats. It is best to spray them all at once.
Aerial hives, specifically those built by the aggressive bald-faced hornet which resemble a large paper cocoon, are much more difficult to deal with. The tiny hole at the base or bottom of this nest is not big enough to saturate the entire population within before they come out to see what the fuss is. The up side to these nests is that they are generally built in quiet, private areas, where they can be avoided until the late fall season. Wasps and hornets die during the winter season, and the removal of the old hive will discourage re-infestation.
It is important to never knock down a hornets nest during the warm active seasons. This species attacks in classic swarm fashion, pursuing for distances upwards of a mile, and infuriating this colony could prove a dreadful mistake.
As you want to remove all hives and cones that are confirmed dead or abandoned, discarding them in doubled heavy duty garbage bags and sealing them securely will prevent any survivors from retaliation. Keep your safety first in mind.