Soapy water and boric acid are household products that can kill bees. Boric acid dust or powder is an insecticide that is useful for bumblebees and carpenter bees.Continue Reading
To use boric acid as a bee killer, sprinkle the powder in areas where bees frequently appear. This product works when the powder adheres to bees and they take it back to the hive. Although it takes some time for bees to die with this household product, it is an effective method to control bees.
Another method to kill bees is to use a combination of dish detergent and water. Mix about 1 cup of dish detergent soap with a gallon of water, places this solution into a garden sprayer and sprays an exposed bee swarm. This method may be useful for Africanized honey bees. However, this method may not be effective if bees are in underground nests or inside of walls.Learn more about Stinging Insects
Bees generally mate at a collective mating site while flying in midair. The female bees typically mate with several male bees to collect all the sperm needed to last their entire lifetime. Male honeybees and some other species of bees die after the mating process, while other species of bees mate with multiple females.Full Answer >
Honeybees communicate via chemical signals known as pheromones and through a movement-based communication known as dancing. Their pheromone communication serves to cement the position of the queen, to suppress egg laying by workers, to attract mates and to keep group cohesion while swarming. Dancing is performed by foraging worker bees to inform other bees in the hive about food they have located.Full Answer >
The main cause of honey bees being endangered are parasites, including tracheal and varroa mites that were introduced into North America in the 1980s. These parasites cause diseases that can be harmful to the bees' colonies, such as a disease that causes newly raised bees to emerge with malformed wings and the inability to fly.Full Answer >
Plants do not repel bees because of the dependent relationship between plants and bees. Plants are designed to attract bees. Bees are necessary to pollinate plants to ensure that new plants continue to grow.Full Answer >