If you are like most people when you see a bee, you want to hurry away as fast as you can to avoid getting a painful bee sting. That feeling is multiplied if you find a bee, wasp or hornet nest on your property. Finding an unwanted beehive can be a bona fide bee problem. If you are looking for tips on what to do if you have a bee problem, check out the ideas below.
- Identify the source. It is important to know where the bees are coming from. We recommend first finding the beehive. Knowing where your bee problem is located can help you and your family avoid getting stung and make a plan for handling. Common places for hives include trees, bushes, and other crevices or enclosures.
- Make a game plan. Next, you want to decide how you are going to get rid of the bee problem. Common options include killing the bees with powerful pesticides (which we discourage, because it is harmful to the environment), killing the bees naturally (some use vinegar or soapy water), or attempting to relocate the honeycomb to a hive box (which usually requires professional help).
- Get some help. For whatever option you choose, it is almost always a good idea to get some professional help for your bee problem. Professional pest control experts and beekeepers are both great resources. Another benefit of hiring help for your bee problem is that experts will already own all of the protective gear and needed supplies, so you don’t have to worry about being stung or doing the job correctly.