Beehive Removal and Safety Arlington VA
Falls Church, VA
Beehive Removal and Safety
Surprisingly, there are a lot of homeowners who are intentionally keeping bees in their residence. Perhaps they enjoy the presence of these bugs in their homes? A number of people actually do not care for them at all—which means they can live in peace knowing there’s a beehive somewhere in their abode. But while this is certainly an ideal scenario (because, after all, who would want to remove and destroy what is considered to be part of the balance of nature, keeping bees and their beehive in your home isn’t always possible. For one, there are bee allergies to consider, not to mention the potential harm of bee stings.
Needless to say, beehive removal is all about safety. Unfortunately, beehive removal can be quite daunting, considering the nature and the consequences of the task.
Beehive removal tips
One method use when doing beehive removal is using insecticides. This procedure may take some time, but it is rather simple and doable, even if you do not have other equipment. First, try to determine where the beehive is. Beehives are usually located in secluded, hidden areas, usually in between wall cracks and open spaces. If you’re not too sure on the beehive location, try to press your ears on the wall and try to detect bee sounds. Again, bees tend to build their beehives near cracks and openings, so try to consider this as well.
Once you’ve determined where the opening or entrance of the beehive is, you can apply the insecticide. However, instead of using the spray, it is advisable to use insecticide dust instead. Using a spray may aggravate the bees, putting you in danger. The effects of the dust may be slow—but it is safer. Do this process until you’re sure all the bees are gone or killed. Once you’re sure, remove the beehive. Never remove the beehive until you’re sure the bees are gone; otherwise, you’ll have to face hostile bees—and this is what you’re avoiding in the first place.
You can also consider using a bee smoker. Smoking the bees out of the beehive is a faster procedure to ensure bee elimination and beehive removal, but it also involves dealing with the bees. First, locate the beehive (as with the previous procedure) then smoke the beehive using your bee smoker. The bee smoker should come with the fuel pellets, which you will use to subdue the bees. Remember the smoking the bees out does not necessarily mean killing the bees; the smoke only confuses them, enough to make beehive removal easier.
In any case, wave the bee smoker around the beehive. After this, remove the beehive using a scrapping tool. Put the beehive in a box, secure it, and poke holes to provide ventilation for the bees inside the beehive.
After smoking the area and the beehive removal, do not forget to clean the area. If possible, close the gap or the holes where the beehive was located. Put insect repellent for the meantime to avoid the bees from coming back.
Beehive removal safety
Part of beehive removal tips is the beehive removal safety. Remember that these insects could inflict injury—and the injury could be serious depending on the number of the bees involved. Wear protective clothing when removing beehives. You don’t need to buy actual protective clothing; securing your clothes would do the trick. Make sure the entirety of your face is covered and that your sleeves are protected to prevent bees from entering your clothing.
However, if you have bee allergies, never attempt bee removal yourself. Any exposure to bees can be fatal, of course. Even with protective clothing, this is a task you shouldn’t even consider. If you’re not sure whether you have bee allergies or not, do not attempt bee removal. Again, exposure to bees can be fatal if you have bee allergies. Of course, even if you have no bee allergies, you should prepare first aid kits in case of beestings. If stung by a bee, remove the stinger immediately by scraping it out of your skin. If you experience difficulty in breathing, diarrhea, and vomiting, among others, you may be allergic to bees and should consult a doctor right away.
It is best to the beehive removal on a sunny afternoon. At this time of the day, bees are often out of the beehive gathering honey. This way, you’re less likely to encounter an overwhelming number of bees during your beehive removal. Again, this is the ideal scenario.
Bees and wasps
What many people do not considering during beehive removal: whether the hive is of bees or wasps. Bees are different from wasps. Bees are fuzzy and have a usual orange to light brown stripes. Wasps, on the other hand, are thinner and are usually of black or bright orange in color. Wasp nests, meanwhile, are usually shaped like an umbrella.
In any case, wasps go out of their nest at nest, unlike bees who are out during the afternoon. Also, wasps are known for being more aggressive than bees, so make sure you know exactly where to go after spraying the insecticide. Otherwise, the wasps may end up attacking you.
For both wasps nest and beehive removal, make sure the number of the insects isn’t too overwhelming. This is especially true when it comes to wasp nest removal. When the wasp or bee population is too big, consider hiring professional beehive removal services. Although this will definitely cost you more than removing it yourself, this will save you the effort. Of course, it goes without saying that this is much safer. Professional beehive removal should be considered if the process may pose a threat to you and your family. After all, once the beehive is removed, you’ll have to deal with bees (or wasps) in your area after some time—at least until they find a new place to build their hive. Make sure this new location is no longer in your residence by placing insect repellants in possible beehive locations.