How Do You Remove a Bee's Nest?


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To remove a bees' nest, first don protective clothing. If you don't have a beekeepers' outfit, wear a long-sleeved shirt, heavy pants, face mask, hat, scarf and goggles. Approach the nest after dark with a flashlight covered in red film that the bees can't see, and avoid breathing on the nest. Block up any entrance holes to the nest, then relocate the nest if possible.

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How Do You Remove a Bee's Nest?
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More difficult nest removals sometimes require hiring a beekeeper. Beekeeper sometimes use a special vacuum to remove bees.

Alternatively, you can trap the bees. Plug up any escape holes on the nest, and make a cone from screen wire. Make sure that the opening at the narrow end of the cone is about 3/8 of an inch so that bees don't escape. Place a smaller hive provided by a beekeeper at the narrow end for the bees to move into.

Before removing a nest, first determine whether the insects are bees or wasps by examining a dead insect. Bees are fuzzy; wasps aren't. Bees are usually not aggressive unless disturbed, but a nest may need to be removed if it's in a wall or birdhouse, or if a family member is allergic to bee stings.

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