Bee-hive Removal Techniques

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Bee-hive removal is a challenging task, and the best way to do it is by contacting a local beekeeper.

However, if there is no way to have a specialist remove a swarm of bees in your home, then you need to perform this task with great caution.

Here, you will learn more about the steps on how to remove a beehive safely without jeopardizing the life of these insects.

Important Tips Before Getting Started

You need to put on protective clothing and special gear that will cover your face, neck and other exposed skin.

Although you may not have a beekeeper's suit that is specifically made for bee hive removal purposes, any piece of clothing that can prevent you from getting stung by bees should suffice.

You must also be careful when moving these bees farther from your home since the last thing you want to do is to exterminate them.

Keep in mind that bees are essential in the pollination of plants, so make it a point to perform this task in the most humane way possible.

Inspect the bee-hive

The first thing you need to do is to find out where the hive is and inspect it carefully.

Check how it is attached, so you can determine how hard or easy it will take to detach it.

Since bees tend to become agitated once provoked, you should be able to flee from these insects quickly.

Prepare a means of escape before you remove the hive, and be sure there are no obstructions in the way to keep yourself safe from a swarm of bees.

Use the right tools

To effectively remove the hive, you need to use a bee smoker and some fuel pellets, which are widely available at any garden store or online. Or use bee hive removal sugar water method in the video below

The best time to remove the hive is on a sunny and warm day when the bees are usually out pollinating.

This way, you will not end up killing the bees, and it will be easier for you to escape safely since no bees are in their home.

Put on your protective gear and clothing, light the fuel in the bee smoker, and move quietly as you wave this equipment around the hive.

Detach the beehive

By this time, you can remove the hive using your scraping tool and put it in a box with a lid.

You will have to poke very small holes in the box, as this will give some breathing air without allowing the bees to escape.

Then, deliver more smoke through the small holes before releasing these bees.

Check the yard completely and get rid of empty residue of the hive to prevent bees from rebuilding their home on the similar spot.

Clean the area

Protect the area from being infested by bees in the future by cleaning it thoroughly with soap and water.

Then use caulk to fill any gaps or holes and wipe some tea tree oil or citronella to keep the rest of the bees away that were not present when the hive was removed.

After you have removed the beehive and cleaned the spot to discourage future bees from rebuilding their home in the same area, you need to relocate the beehive.

You may either give the hive to a local bee farmer or reintroduce the swarm to a wooded area.

Be sure there is no one around the area and smoke the bees before letting them out of the box.

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