Taking down a bee hive is never a fun way to spend the day, and it can be quite dangerous if it is not handled properly. Just getting stung by a bee can be painful and for some it can be life threatening because it can cause an allergic reaction that could kill them. However, this is a task that can be done as a DIY project, as long as you are careful and know how to avoid “stirring” up the bees.
Removing a beehive does take a few tools that can make the process much safer and easier for those involved. To keep the bees from getting excited, a special tool that creates smoke (smoker) is needed because smoke calms the bees down. It is also important to dress properly by not wearing loud colored clothing or colognes and perfumes that aggravate the bees. It is also a good idea to wear a beekeeper’s hat, which has netting or wire mesh which will prevent the bees from having direct access to your face. Also elbow length gloves or a “bee suit” that is made of special material designed to help prevent you getting stung on the arms and a pair of leather gloves or impervious gloves to protect your hands. If you are going to kill the bees, then a liquid chemical to do that will be needed.
In order to find the beehive, you will need to carefully observe the bees to find out where they are nesting. With a little luck, the beehive will be out in the open and you will have plenty of room to operate. However, they are known to create hives in walls or other covered areas. Please note, if you are not sure or unsettled about the location of the beehive, it may be time to call in a professional instead of risking injury by making a mistake.
When the beehive has been located, use the smoker to saturate the area. The smoker calms the bees and prevents them from coming after you in a frenzy. If you are going to kill the bees, once they are calm, very carefully create a hole by puncturing the hive if there is no accessible opening. Then, you can use the smoker to saturate the hive while spraying the chemicals in afterwards. Keep the smoker handy to use again in case some bees start making their way out of the hive. This will calm them down again to prevent you from coming under attack.
Once the hive has been fully doused in the chemicals and the bees inside are all dead, remove it carefully from its location. Place the pieces of the beehive in a bag that is tied up so if any bees are alive, they cannot get out. If any damage has been done by the bees to the home, it would be wide to repair this area now so it is inaccessible to the bees in the future.
As we mentioned above, only do this if you are comfortable and confident you can do it without getting hurt. Take the time to gather the proper tools and safety equipment as well as possibly having someone close by to help just in case something falls out of your reach, such as the smoker gun. If you feel in any way you are at risk, call in a professional before risking injury. It is also possible to relocate bees to another area, which won’t harm the bees and would be more beneficial to our environment. A professional bee keeper would know how to do this properly so that no one gets hurt, including the bees.