In comparison to some of the other creatures that can cause you hassle, bees are one of the easier insects to get rid of or take care of. In a lot of cases, the bees can be removed without having to kill them although in other cases they may have to be killed. The method of removal is dependent on a few things although ultimately, it depends on the severity of the bee infestation and how bad of a problem it has become.
What is Bee Extermination and Why is it Used?
Bee extermination is simply getting rid of bees, or a beehive, that has been bothering you in and around your home. Most of us are typically scared of bees and wasps, so there's no reason for you not to get in touch with an exterminator as soon as possible.
However, not everyone is bothered by them and there are some people who will just leave the beehive alone. This can be dangerous and regardless of whether they scare you or not, talking to a professional is your best course of action.
How Much Does Bee Extermination Cost?
The cost of a professional bee extermination can vary depending on who you hire, how big of a problem the bees have become, and how big your property is. A basic bee extermination can cost between $75 and $150, depending on the property size.
In terms of price, things can get a little complicated for larger properties and more complex jobs. For example, if the bee exterminator requires an assistant to effectively get the job done, this will be charged as an extra. If you have recurring bee infestations in your home then you may be able to get a discount depending on the exterminator that you're dealing with.
All in all, how much it will cost depends on your specific situation.
Getting Rid of Bees without Killing Them
It's no secret that the majority of insects which are causing a problem will be exterminated but not everyone wants to deal with bee infestations in such an aggressive manner. For that reason, knowing how to get rid of bees without killing them is important.
Smoke. Smoke is very troubling to bees and thus is effective to get them out of their hive and out of your home. This is because bees typically live in the wild and if they sense smoke, it means that there is a forest fire and that they have to escape. Using a controlled fire can be very effective method of getting rid of bees without putting them at risk.
Homemade Bee Repellent. Repellents are typically effective due to the fact that they don't contain any harmful chemicals but instead contains ingredients that smell and taste unappealing to insects. You can make a homemade bee repellent by mixing together water, peppermint oil, and soap in a spray bottle. Spray the bottle at the beehive or the bees every few hours until they leave – it should take no more than a day or two until they fly off and find somewhere else to wreak havoc
How to Get Rid of Bees Yourself
Even though it isn't recommended you are able to get rid of bees yourself without calling a bee exterminator or a beekeeper to take care of it for you. That being said, unless it is a small beehive we highly recommend getting in touch with a professional.
- Buy sticky bug strips and place them near where the bees are. These strips will catch the bees and will eventually kill them. After a day or so, replace the strips. Repeat this until all of the bees are gone and you no longer have a bee infestation.
- Create a bee trap using a plastic bottle and vinegar. Cut the bottle in half, place vinegar in the bottom half of the bottle, and place the top of the bottle upside down in the bottom.
- Use one of the methods that we previously mentioned to get rid of the bees without harming them.
What Not to Do
As we previously mentioned, bees and wasps are a lot more dangerous than you might initially think and because of the danger that they pose, there are some things that you shouldn't do.
The main thing that you shouldn't do is fill a hole in your house from the outside where you see the bees entering. A common misconception is that this will trap the bees and they will die quickly; this is wrong. Instead, it won't only prevent them from getting out but it will push them inwards. They will find another way out which will most likely be through the inside of your home, making them more dangerous than before.
Risks of a Bee Infestation
There are lots of people who simply ignore that there is a bee infestation as best they can, but there are actually a number of risks to this. A bee nest might start off small but the bees will continue to build their hive and as they do this, more and more bees will nest with them – making it even more dangerous.
- If a hive isn't removed from your home then the bees won't leave. The hive will continue to be built by bees, they will build up their hive and build up their colonies.
- Bee extermination will kill the bees that are there, although it won't get rid of the nest. If you don't request a professional to remove the hive, it will slowly decay over time and cause awful smells to absorb into your house's foundations.
- After the bees have been removed but the hive hasn't, other insects and bugs will claim the hive as their own home. This can lead to even worse infestations which is why it's in your best interests to have the hive removed.
- If you are attacked by a colony of bees (much more than just a couple) then you might experience health issues regardless of whether or not you're allergic to a bee sting.
So, as you can see, when you look into bee extermination you should also inquire about having the hive removed too. This will keep your home in pristine condition and prevent another insect infestation from breaking out and causing more havoc.
The Bee Extermination Process
The process of bee extermination is fairly straight-forward, the difficult part is having all of the necessary equipment to deal with the problem. Without the right equipment, you risk getting attacked by bees and getting yourself seriously hurt.
A bee exterminator will start by evaluating the bee infestation and assessing what the most appropriate means of eliminating the beehive is. They will make a decision based on the type of bee, how many bees there are, and the environment in which they are living in.
After figuring each of these things out, they will decide whether or not to call a beekeeper although the chances are that they'll want to use a poison to get rid of the bees and remove the hive after a few hours. After taking the decided approach, the hive will be removed and the area where the bees were living will be sprayed with one final spray of poison to ensure that any stragglers are killed and that they don't return.