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How to Remove Bees and Hives

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The thought of bee removal from your Las Vegas property can be stressful, it’s not a very easy task. There are many things that you must take into consideration, many different pieces of equipment needed, and different chemical compounds that must be used.

In most cases, it is probably in your best interest to have a professional bee removal service or exterminator come and do the job. However, if you are a stead-fast DIY person, there are several things you must know about bee removal.

  • Know Your Allergic Reaction Potential. There is a possibility of being stung when you are removing a hive and some people have severe allergic reactions to bee stings. In fact, bee stings can be fatal to those with severe allergies. If you are not sure if you are allergic to bee stings, make sure that you have access to help in the event that you are stung.
  • Buy The Right Equipment. You will need protective gloves and headgear to remove a hive. If you are not sure of the species of bee, or if there is potential that they are African Honey Bees or Killer Bees, you will also need protective clothing. If this is a one-time event, the cost for these supplies can become expensive.
  • Have The Right Chemicals. You will also need to have the right type of chemicals to treat the hive and the right equipment to get the chemicals into hive. It is imperative that you get the chemicals into the hive itself to kill the queen.
  • Work In The Early Morning or Evening. Bees sleep in the evening and early morning hours. This is the best time to approach a hive. Trying to remove a hive at any other time can be dangerous because worker bees are continually entering and exiting the hive.
  • This Is A 2-Day Job. Once you have treated the hive, you should not go near the area for at least 24 hours. The bees will be disoriented and prone to attack while they are being affected by the chemicals. On the second day, if it is a hanging hive, you can remove the hive and dispose of it when all the bees are gone.
  • The Honey Is No Good. Once the hive has been treated the honey and the honeycomb is no good. These items are tainted with the poison you placed in the hive. Do not handle the honey or consume any of it. Make sure that it is disposed of properly so children or animals cannot access the hive.

Overall, it is possible to remove a hive from your property yourself, but it can be very expensive and dangerous. It is almost always in your best interest to hire a professional. Just remember: once the hive has been removed, especially ones burrowed into your home walls take the necessary steps to prevent them from coming back. Once an area has been inhabited by a hive of bees, other bees will find it desirable and try to build their own.

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