Bees are one of those insects which you know we need in the world but which make you squeal in fear when they get too close. Bees are responsible for spreading pollen between the flowers in your garden, which help your plants breed and grow. However, as someone who has found a beehive in your back garden, you need to know the dos and don'ts of removal because you don't want to end up covered in bee stings. These are the pointers you need to know.
Don't Remove The Beehive Yourself
People who are not used to interacting with bees do not realise how little it takes to upset this insect. If the bees feel you are a threat to their hive or their queen, then they become upset and will swarm and sting. Some people are so allergic to bee stings that they enter anaphylactic shock. Pets such as dogs and cats can also experience this level of allergic reaction. Give the bees lots of breathing space, and call a professional pest controller for help.
Do Let The Professionals Remove The Hive
Apart from knowing how to reduce the bee upset factor, there are several other reasons for letting a professional remove the hive:
- They have the protective outerwear clothing to protect them from stings
- They have smoker guns which sedate the bees and keep them calm while the hive is removed
- They know where to take the intact hive so the bees can continue their important pollination work
After the beehive has been removed, then there is one more step you need to take.
Do Remove Any Residual Hive After The Pest Controller Leaves
Any residual honey or beehive left behind could attract another colony to move in. So, give the area where the hive was a good clean with hot soapy water to remove any residual traces. If the hive was located inside the home, look for areas nearby which are compromised and allowed the bees to enter your home. These may be a crack in the wall or a broken roof tile. All entry points need to be repaired immediately to stop the chance of bees entering your property again.
Have a talk to a local company like Stewarts Pest Control as soon as you discover the beehive so that you can get it removed before it becomes overwhelmingly large and a threat to those living in your home.