Getting rid of a bumblebee hive requires caution, care and the right equipment, and proper removal prevents bees from returning. There are several options for removing hives, including destroying and killing the bees, relocating the hive to a more desirable location, or letting a professional take care of the hive.
- Gather materials
A bee suit and hood, an insect smoker, insecticide and a heavy-duty plastic bag are required for destroying the hive. To relocate the hive, get duct tape or fly screens, flashlights and a cool, dark room.
- Kill the bees and destroy the hive
While wearing a bee suit and hood, approach the hive with a smoker. Bees are less active early in the morning and late in the evening, so consider attacking the hive at these times. Hold the smoker below the hive, and let the smoke calm the bees. Apply insecticide inside the hive. When all the bees inside are dead, remove the hive, place it in plastic bag and dispose of it in a trash can.
- Relocate the bees
There are several options to relocate bees to a better location. Each requires time to ensure the safety of the bees. Taping up all but one entrance on the hive encourages bees to go elsewhere so the old hive can be removed. In the early morning or late evening, the hive can be moved a few feet at a time until it is in a better place. Alternatively, place fly screen on the entrances, put the hive in a cool, dark room for three days and then move it to a new place. The bees should not return to the old location with either method.