Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees + How To Keep Them Away
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Bees provide a lot of good in the world and they are in danger, however there are times when bees can pose a risk to our property and health. There are different types of bees, honey bee, bumble bee, sweat bee, and many more. You may find that there is a hive somewhere around your home and it can feel very unnerving. If their nest is near your doorway or attic, they may find ways into your home and this can cause a big problem. Removing a beehive can be dangerous even for professionals with the right kind of equipment but there are ways to prevent it from happening and also ways in which you can protect yourself.
How To Identify Bees
There are different types of bees and ways to identify them. Bumble bees are often bigger and fluffier whilst honey bees are usually smaller and a sweat bee which is relatively dark. Most commonly, you will see a honey bee that has black stripes as a lot of honey bees can look almost fully black. Honey bees measure around one-half to three-fourths of an inch usually.
If you notice that there are a lot of bees in and around your property then you may have a nest somewhere nearby. You may notice even that there is a swarm gathering around a certain area, perhaps above your door or on the roof or near your chimney. You may be able to hear scratching or buzzing noises coming from a cavity in the wall, which may alert you to movement inside.
1 – Check your home
These may look like small tiny little dark balls scattered in areas around the house.
2 – Beehive
If you see a nest made of a waxy substance, it is most likely a beehive.
How To Prevent Bees On Your Property
Nobody wants bees hanging around because they are pests but usually, bees will leave on their own accord but if things become disturbing you may want to look at professional assistance. If a swarm of honeybees settles on your property, give them some time if possible; they may just be resting while scout bees search for a new home elsewhere. They don’t usually pose a big threat unless they start getting into your home.
Seal Any Holes or Openings
Do this by taking a walk around your home and checking for any holes or other small openings that are a quarter of an inch or larger.
If you had a previous hive in your home, you need to be sure that all traces are removed.
Remove Old Honeycomb
Remove Yard Clutter
Bees thrive in messy areas so you want to keep things clear.
Resealing windows with caulk will not only prevent bees from entering your home, it can prevent water leaks as well.
Bee proof your pipes with a foam product or caulk which will assist stop them from entering.
If you have been bitten by a bee, it may come as a bit of a shock to you but it’s important to stay calm as panic can cause your blood pressure to drop and make you feel dizzy or faint, so remain calm and remember that bee stings are rarely dangerous. Remove the stinger, then wash with soap and water, applying cold packs where necessary if there is any swelling. You can also take an antihistamine to help with the inflammation of the area and to soothe it. bee stings arely cause further problems but you can always get advice from your GP. Swollen and red hives can last for up to a week so be aware and clean the area and change dressing when necessary.
In rare cases a bee sting can cause anaphylaxis but often you may be aware if you have an allergy to bees and will need an adrenaline shot. Any kind of anaphylaxis should be taken seriously and you should call for immediate help.
How To Get Rid Of Bees
You can certainly get rid of bees by using the professionals who will remove them from your property and exterminate them, although this method isn’t always preferred because bees were in danger for many years. You can stop them from entering the home but removing the hive is going to be the best step forwards. Moving a beehive is at least a two-person job, so you’ll want to do it with someone. Try to schedule this at night, because that’s when all the bees are inside the hive but ensure that you are dressed appropriately with long pants, long sleeves, gloves, goggles and a face mask. You can use tulle fabric or mesh, wrap it around the hive and slowly move it to another location. It is wise however, to leave it to the professionals and this should only be attempted as a last resort.
You can also opt for a bee catcher, some of which have kill and no-kill options. It’s also easy to make your own DIY bee catcher too but definitely look into a responsible source first.
You can remove them by using insecticides too or bee sprays. Bee sprays come as both repellents and insecticides. If you’re dealing with a hive inside your home or in a hard-to-reach spot like inside your walls you may want to opt for this to stop them from flying around the inside space. Garlic powder, Citronella candles and cucumber peels are great natural alternatives.
Do’s And Don’ts Of Bee Removal
You need to look at a few things when you are tackling mosquitoes but there are some things that you may do that could make the problem worse. It’s important to look at the following checklist of dos and don’ts to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes:
- -Wear dark coloured clothing at night.
- -Keep your windows and doors closed and hide cracks.
- -Make sure you are very cautious.
- -Use smells that they won’t like and that will deter them.
- -Use insecticides where necessary but beware that they can be harmful.
- -Try to trap or isolate the bees. This will probably aggravate or spook the colony further.
- -Burn down the hive.
- -Hit or attack the hive with a stick or baseball bat.
- -Swat them.
FAQ About Bees
Hopefully you’ve learned a lot about bees and how to deal with them if they find their way into your home. However, if you still have questions, you will hopefully find this FAQ useful
Bees live about six weeks but a swarm may be all different ages and therefore it’s best to eliminate them as quickly as possible.
The bees are vacuumed into a special bee vac that has a catch box for the bees.
They will most likely be making honey and this has been known to leak from roofs and ceilings over time and attract other animals. It is best to not go near it at all, even to try and retrieve the honeycomb.
Propolis is first made into a tincture by using high proof alcohol to dissolve the solid resinous pollen.
Peppermint oil, cinnamon, cayenne pepper. They can be burned or melted into candles.
Probably not, no. They only really sting if they feel threatened or confused. They are likely to go about their business as usual.
Yes this is always helpful but eliminating any areas where they could make a hive will be best, such as cleaning chimneys and removing any type of areas above doorways that could be a prime location.
A colony of bees usually takes 2-3 days to completely die off.
They are mostly out during the day of course pollinating, but during the night is when they will be in the nest and less likely to see much activity at all.