How to catch a bee without getting stung

How to catch a bee without getting stung

Beekeeping is one of those things that utterly fascinates me, but I haven’t added any bees to my homestead… YET. In the meantime, I love learning from homestead beekeepers such as Amy from The Vomiting Chicken. Not only are bees a wonderful addition to a homestead of any size, keeping bees has much greater importance than just providing you with raw honey. Read on for details!

They’re dying by the millions.

Since 2006 honeybees responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops—from apples to zucchini—have been dying by the millions. Though there have been news reports of this crisis, most people still aren’t aware of it. It’s a complex problem, and experts haven’t agreed on the primary reason for it: Colony Collapse Disorder, other diseases, and two kinds of mites are killing entire colonies, but they don’t understand exactly why.

Here’s a scary fact for you: Researchers have found that a combination of common pesticides can interfere with bees’ brains. Bees that cannot learn, will not be able to find food. If bees can’t find food, they will die. Simple as that.

An estimated third of all crops worldwide would disappear, if honeybees disappeared. Think this couldn’t happen? Probably nobody believed that the passenger pigeon would ever be extinct, but the last one on earth was shot exactly a hundred years ago.

The point is, it could happen. But here’s the thing: we can do something about it, though we need to act quickly. There are things we can do to help the honeybees survive. Here’s one: you can get started with your own hive of honeybees.

We keep three hives going, though it has become difficult to keep the bees alive and healthy. We love the honey and I use it every day, in one delicious form or another. We lost all of our bees this winter, so my husband Bryan and our little Mack recently installed new packages of bees into our hives.

I’m glad that scientists are studying this problem, and that folks are educating themselves about what flowers and plants they can grow to support the honeybees. It’s a good thing that there is increased interest in buying local honey, which helps support the local beekeepers. All the attention is good. I’ve always delighted in cheering for the underdog, and I’m cheering for the honeybees.

A hive of honeybees on a homestead is valuable thing these days. Not only do honeybees produce the sweet miracle that is raw honey, they also do a beautiful job of pollinating berry bushes, orchards, flowers, and vegetable gardens, and (this last reason appeals to me more and more) they do it all without much help from us.

Bees are astonishing little creatures, and the more I learn about them, the more I am in awe of them and their imaginative and wondrous Creator!

  • Inside one hiveare thousands of worker bees, drones and a queen bee, all working together to create the perfect environment for producing honey. When the moisture content of the honey is perfect, the bees seal the cells of liquid honey with wax, and the honey is ready to be harvested! Sweet!
  • There is only one Queen Bee in every colony. She lays up to 2000 eggs per day, and she can choose whether the eggs will be fertile (becoming worker bees) or infertile (becoming drones).
  • The worker bees literally work themselves to death, but during their lifetimes (about 6 weeks during summer months) they do a series of specific chores: housekeeper, nursemaid, construction worker, undertaker, guard, and finally forager.

It’s not difficult to get started with a hive of bees in your own backyard. And it is the perfect way to take a first-hand approach in saving the bees!

8 Steps to Getting Started with Your Own Hive

1. First, educate yourself. There are many excellent books and websites about how to keep bees. Here’s a website I really like, that goes into detail. Another invaluable way to learn is to get to know your local beekeepers. They are a generous lot, and you’ll learn lots from them.

2. Gather your hive and equipment. It’s not cheap to buy new hives and equipment, but use caution if you pick up used stuff at a yard sale. Clean it up well. Here’s a blog that explains how to do this. It’s important to do this, to lessen the chance that your bees might catch a fatal disease called foul brood.

Equipment you’ll need: a bee veil and/or jacket, leather gloves, a frame lifter, bee brush, pliars, a smoker, and hive tools.

Note:Before opening up the hives, it’s important to have your smoker smoldering. If the bees get upset, the smoke will help keep the bees from acting in an upset manner: i.e. stinging you.

3. Order your bees. Order bees in the winter, and most places that sell bees will sell out. There are only so many bees to go around! Packages of bees can be ordered through local bee shops. If you don’t know where one is in your area, your state university or extension office can advise you.

4. Set up your hive. Once you’ve done your homework, you’ll know the best spot to set up your hive. Choose carefully, because it will stay there for a good long time! It’s not easy (or advisable!) to move a hive, once it’s full of bees.

5. Introduce the bees to their hive. Check to see that your queen is alive and healthy first, because a hive without a queen will fail. Your queen goes in first.

The queen’s 10,000+ friends-and-relations get dumped in next. They check on her first, before getting to work. It’s a pretty cool thing to watch.

6. Put the top back on the hive, and pray for the best. Now you’ll watch, and wait: if the bees are happy and healthy, you may have the pleasure of enjoying a productive hive of honeybees for years to come, providing you with the best quality, freshest raw honey you can imagine, and excellent pollination for your crops and flowers.

7. Feed the bees. Set out a sugar water solution in the first days after setting up a hive, especially if it’s early in the season and there aren’t many flowers yet. When you notice that the bees are no longer feeding on the sugar, discontinue feeding them. The bees are feeding themselves!

8. Check on your bees periodically. Open up your new hive every week or two to check on the bees’ progress. One of the things Bryan looks for is new brood. If the queen is laying eggs, then he knows that she is content in her new home. And if Mama Bee is happy, everybody’s happy!

Pretty cool, eh? So you can see that keeping your own hive of bees is a crazy-worthwhile thing to do: it increases your local bee population, and it is a valuable component to the fruitfulness of your gardens. Plus, you’re doing your little bit to help the honeybees in this current crisis.

It’s just a great thing to do!

Note from Jill: If, for now, you’re just looking for the perfect source for delicious, amazing raw honey (and you don’t have your own bees), this is my favorite source. Their tupelo honey is beyond YUM.

How to catch a bee without getting stung

A home remedy to kill bees is an economical way of getting rid of bees naturally. Bees are very important to the ecosystem, but unfortunately, when there is a beehive in or around your home, it poses a danger to you and your family.

It does not take much to agitate bees. Children and pets that often play outside and explore are especially at risk, but if you decide to do some gardening or spring cleaning, you may unwittingly agitate the bees and cause them to attack. After reading this article, you will know how to kill bees and repel them naturally, and how to recognize the signs of a bee infestation.

Why are Bees Dangerous?

  • Some people are allergic to bee stings. Getting stung by a bee or multiple bees can have serious consequences if an EpiPen isn’t used in time or there isn’t quick access to medical care.
  • Bee stings are painful.

What are the Signs of a Bee Infestation?

  • An abnormal amount of bees in the garden.
  • There may be a foul smell in your home or garden. Decomposing honey smells very unpleasant.
  • Holes in wooden structures. Carpenter bees like to bore through wood to make their nests.
  • Dead bees in your home or a buzzing sounds in the walls.
  • If you can’t see the hive, it may be underground or in the walls depending on the type of bee.

Look no further than your kitchen for a suitable home remedy to kill bees. You can also easily repel bees if you prefer not to kill them. All this without using hazardous chemicals.

Safety First

But before approaching the hive, make sure that you are wearing thick, protective clothing that covers your whole body. You can use a sturdy wide-brim hat with a net draped over it and secured so there are no holes the bees can fly into.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bees

If you are going anywhere near the hive, it’s best to do so later in the evening or very early in the morning as the bees are less active during these times.

1. Vinegar Spray

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water together in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar solution on the hive to kill the bees and on the flowers and bushes in your garden as a precaution.

2. Soap Solution

Mix equal parts of Castille soap (or a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid) and hot water together in a spray bottle and spray the hive and the bees.

3. Soda Bottle Trap

Cut a soda bottle in half and fill it up halfway with sweet soda or fruit juice. The bees will be attracted to the soda, fly into the trap and drown.

4. Essential Oils

You can mix a few drops of essential oil with water, unscented liquid soap, or vodka and spray the mixture around your home and the areas where the bees like to go. The most effective essential oils are peppermint (which can kill the bees), cinnamon, citrus oils, or tea tree. Bees hate pungent smells.

5. Garlic Powder

Bees hate the smell of garlic. Sprinkle it around their hive and areas they frequent. Reapply every few days. This method may take a week or a little bit longer, but in most cases, the bees relocate their colonies.

6. Smoke

If the hive is the type that hangs down, you can burn wood or even charcoal under the hive. The smoke will drive them away.

7. Vacuum Cleaner

A strong vacuum cleaner can suck up the bees. It may be best to use this method after using another method like the soapy water as you need to get very close which may agitate the bees.

If you do get stung and you are allergic, use your EpiPen immediately and see a doctor. If you tend to swell, it’s likely also an allergy. Apply ice and take an antihistamine. Otherwise, dab a little bit of honey on the affected area. Click here for more home remedies for bee stings.

When to Call an Expert

If you are allergic to bees or the hive is in a tricky spot, it may be safer to call in an expert, preferably a beekeeper as they will remove the bees without killing them and remove the hive as well. Exterminators use poison and some do not remove the hive.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Amanda is a self-sufficiency farmer and beekeeper, operating a small apiary consisting of three beehives on her farm in Wisconsin. As an avid beekeeper and advocate against the declining bee population, Amanda extracts, prepares, shares, and sells her honey and wax locally and enjoys chatting with her customers about bees and their positive impact on the environment, as well as the many uses of honey. Although she and her husband weren’t born into farming families, their passion for self-sufficiency and animal husbandry led them to purchase a 200-year-old Wisconsin homestead where they have filled the vacated dairy barn with meat rabbits, bull calves, chickens, and goats.

How to catch a bee without getting stung

Beekeeping can be a gratifying hobby, and career in some cases. But it’s crucial to consider the safety concerns before you make the decision to become a beekeeper.

While most bees won’t bother you if you respect their space, there are a few situations when bees may become aggressive (or defensive). When this happens, people in close proximity to the bee may be in danger.

Read on to learn more about the dangers that you may face as a beekeeper:

How to catch a bee without getting stung

1. Bee Stings

It’s no surprise that bee stings are at the top of the list of beekeeping dangers. Stings are probably the one thing that gives bees a bad reputation.

Merely seeing a bee can send some people flailing and screaming.

And that’s because bee stings hurt!

But, did you know that most species of bees are quite docile, and have no intention of stinging unless they are defending themselves or their hive?

Bees don’t typically fly up to a human, or another animal, just to sting them. Luckily, they have to have a good reason first…like getting stepped on.

Preventing Bee Stings

To prevent bee stings, approach your hive calmly, and handle it with extreme care. Using a smoker before you begin to perform any maintenance or extraction will make your bees groggy and unlikely to sting.

Always wear the appropriate protective bee suit and beekeeping gloves and cover exposed skin before spending any time with your hive.

Treatment For Bee Stings

If you are stung, and you don’t have bee allergies, don’t worry.

I know, it hurts, but it will pass soon.

When bees sting mammals with fleshy skin, their barbed stinger often stays behind, and some of their innards as well–which will result in death for the bee.

So, while your sting hurts, the bee who gave it to you is probably gone for good.

Now that you know the bee is probably long gone, it’s time to treat your injury. Here’s how:

  • It’s essential to make sure the stinger is not left in your skin, so look closely and scrape the stinger out of your skin with your fingernail.
  • Never use a tweezer because you could break off the stinger, or push more venom into your body.
  • You should clean the area of the sting, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you have a lot of pain, over-the-counter pain medication will alleviate it.
  • Lastly, to ease irritation and itching, apply hydrocortisone cream to make the sting a little more bearable.

There are other homemade and natural bee sting remedies which you could consider, but if you feel you have an allergic reaction it is vital to go an see your doctor or go to an ER.

2. Allergies to Bee Stings

How to catch a bee without getting stung

If you aren’t sure if you have allergies to bee stings, it’s well worth the effort to get tested for allergies before purchasing beekeeping equipment.

Allergies to bee stings can be deadly, and even if you aren’t allergic to one sting, many stings can cause problems for most people.

For example, if you come across an aggressive hive, and you are stung repeatedly, you may experience an allergic reaction, go into anaphylactic shock, or worse.

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to Bee Stings

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue or lips
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Intense itching
  • Dizziness
  • Hives or a rash
  • Loss of consciousness

If you, or someone you know, experiences an allergic reaction, call 911 immediately.

Those who know they are allergic often carry an emergency EpiPen in case of bee stings. See if you can help them with this while you wait for help to arrive.

3. Aggressive Bees

How to catch a bee without getting stung

Even if you aren’t allergic, a large number of bee stings at once can cause anaphylactic shock. Even the most docile bees can become aggressive near their hive if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken before handling the hive.

Furthermore, some races of bees are known to be more aggressive than others, like the Africanized bee.

Contrary to popular belief, some bees can sting more than once, but not honeybees. If you are trying to promote pollination by hosting solitary bees with a DIY bee house, they may be able to sting repeatedly if they are unhappy.

Again, call 911 and seek help if you are stung repeatedly because even if you don’t have a known allergy, a significant amount of the venom injected by the bee, may cause shock and death if left untreated.

Educate yourself and any person who is regularly on your property, on what to do when bees attack. A little reading right now could give you just the right knowledge to manage such a horrible situation, and contrary to popular belief, jumping into a pool is not the best solution.

4. Neighborhood Disputes

On the lighter side, there’s always a danger of a neighborhood feud over keeping bees in a small community, especially if neighbors are allergic. Try your best to listen to those around you, and accommodate them, especially if there are medical concerns over your bees.

In ‘How to start beekeeping,’ we discuss how to decide on the perfect location which could help keep the peace between you and your neighbors.

Beekeeping is a great way to promote pollination and harvest honey, but if you aren’t careful, the dangers of beekeeping can be the difference between life and death.

Practicing safety, and using quality beekeeping tools and garments will go a long way in protecting yourself against beekeeping dangers.

And, as always, call 911 if you, or anyone else, is experiencing an allergic reaction…because time is of the essence.

Although bees are vital for the environment, it’s understandable to want to defend yourself from them. Even though bees only attack when provoked or if they’re defending their hive, there are ways you can get rid of honeybees. This is especially important if someone in your family has a bee allergy.

Since the honey bee population is declining fast , it’s important to take careful steps to remove them without killing them.

Establish The Problem

First, establish the exact cause of the problem. Is it an occasional bee or a nest? If you’ve noticed a lot more bees than normal or a sudden influx, it may be that bees have formed a nest. You should try and establish where exactly the bees are nesting.

If you notice large numbers of bees going in and out of a hole in the ground or wall, this is indicative of a nest. We advise that you take care as disturbance and noise can aggravate the bees.

Getting Rid of Honey Bees

Once you’ve identified that you have a honey bee nest in your home or backyard, you have some options to get rid of the honey bees without killing them:

  1. Call a beekeeper
  2. Relocate them
  3. Garlic spray
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Moth balls
  6. Burn wood, cardboard or paper
  7. Bee trap

Call a Beekeeper

A local beekeeper or a professional beehive remover will remove the hive safely and securely, without hurting them. The professionals are likely to be very happy to take the hive and look after the bees, and most importantly, keep them alive.

Relocating a colony of a thousand stinging bees is a difficult process. We don’t recommend that you attempt to move a nest yourself. If the hive is fairly small, though, you may wish to try the below methods before calling a professional, or if one isn’t available.

Relocate the Bees

If the hive is located within a tree, consider cutting out the part containing the nest. You can then move it to a secluded area away from your backyard.

We recommend that you do this as soon as possible before the colony increases. Wear protective clothing as the bees are likely to become aggravated by the sound of sawing or chopping.

Garlic Spray

Bees have a strong sense of smell , and they can be put off by overpowering odors.

Spraying a mixture of crushed garlic gloves and water around the nest may force the bees to leave their hive.


As an alternative to the garlic spray, you could sprinkle cinnamon around the hive every day for a week. The smell sends the bees in search of a place to relocate.

You can also use other sugary substances, such as drinks and fruits. Just place them 5 meters away from the nest. Keep moving the substances away weekly and, eventually, the bees will build a new hive away from your backyard.

Moth Balls

Bees don’t like the smell of mothballs, so you may want to consider hanging some near the nest to deter the bees from returning.

Burn Wood, Cardboard Or Paper Under The Beehive

It’s also possible to deter bees from their hive by burning wood, cardboard, paper or giant incense sticks under the nest to create smoke. Beekeepers commonly use the smoke method when they want to take honey from beehives. This is because the honey bees think that the woods are on fire. They then try to get all the honey they can and search for a new place to build a nest.

Bees are active during the day and inactive at night, therefore, you should carry out the smoke method in the evenings or at night, when they’re in the hive.

Once the bees have left, remove it and remove traces of honey. This will prevent the bees from coming back.

This method is only suitable for hives found in the backyard. You should ensure that you close your windows and doors before you start the smoking process to prevent bees from entering your house.

Depending on the hive’s size and the number of bees, this process can take approximately 10 hours for all bees to leave the hive.

Use A Bee Trap

A bee trap is a good idea if you’re dealing with a small number of bees. You can purchase a trap at your local backyard center. Simply place it next to the hive and wait until the bees get stuck inside.

You could also make your trap:

  1. Grab a cardboard box and place some sticky traps inside
  2. Sprinkle some pollen or flowers on the sticky traps
  3. Make small holes around the box so that bees can get inside
  4. Place the box near the hive

Whether you use a commercial trap or a homemade one, contact a beekeeper or a professional beehive remover to relocate the bees.

It’s important to note that the honey bees will become quite aggressive when they’re trapped, so it’s essential that you take care when using a bee trap.


Whenever you’re around a bee, don’t try and hit it or flap at it. This will aggravate the bee, and it will likely sting you. Instead, stay still and it’ll become disinterested. Then is the time to see if there’s a hive nearby. Once you’ve located it, use one of our methods on how to get rid of the honey bees without killing them.


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  • Has anyone witnessed their chameleon eat any sort of bee, or any prey insect that would instinctively attempt to sting back?

    Just curious if anyone has seen a chameleon eat a bee without any negative effects as despite their stinger, they seem like they could be a plentiful and nutritious wild caught snack if it wasn’t dangerous to do.

    I know that my veiled chameleon wont take any insect if he does not have a clear shot to the head, and then he will immediately position the bug and kill it with his first bite, so I was wondering if maybe chameleons could eat bugs like these without being stung, as I’m sure there are plenty of bees around in the wild haha.

    I’m not looking for people to tell me no they don’t THINK it would be okay, I’m looking for someone who has actually witnessed this, or attempted to feed their chameleon any stinging insect.


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  • Looks like they handle bees just fine. I think I will try this out.


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  • After he ate a bee that I left the stinger in, I later saw while hand feeding him horn worms that there was a stinger in his tongue. He won’t accept anymore bees so he quickly learned not to take those feeders.

    He shows no negative effects of having that stinger in his tongue and still readily accepts food. I’ll keep an eye on it and see if the stinger gets worked out of his tongue.

    In the future if I feed bees, I will remove the stinger as suggested.


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  • I’m sure that now that Waldo knows of the dangers from a bee he will be more careful with them if he does choose to eat them again, but I doubt he will eat them unless very hungry after getting stung on his first one haha.

    I will offer them again someday, maybe not soon though. I’ll let you guys know how quickly his tongue heals up, it is very easy to spot the stinger while hand feeding so I will know when it’s out.


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  • Has anyone witnessed their chameleon eat any sort of bee, or any prey insect that would instinctively attempt to sting back?

    Just curious if anyone has seen a chameleon eat a bee without any negative effects as despite their stinger, they seem like they could be a plentiful and nutritious wild caught snack if it wasn’t dangerous to do.

    I know that my veiled chameleon wont take any insect if he does not have a clear shot to the head, and then he will immediately position the bug and kill it with his first bite, so I was wondering if maybe chameleons could eat bugs like these without being stung, as I’m sure there are plenty of bees around in the wild haha.

    I’m not looking for people to tell me no they don’t THINK it would be okay, I’m looking for someone who has actually witnessed this, or attempted to feed their chameleon any stinging insect.

    I would recommend doing a bit research before asking a question like this
    Espcieally the two most Commo ly chameleon spexies and many otjers feed. Igorously and predominantly on bees and wasps in the wild.
    they get not stung anf if, nothing happens.

    Honey is a valuable resource that you can cultivate yourself in ARK: Survival Evolved.

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    While there are a variety of important things to see and do in ARK: Survival Evolved, learning how to tame bees and harvest honey is one that you should definitely try out. Most of the time, you want to tame an animal in ARK: Survival Evolved so that you can eventually ride it around. However, taming smaller, less rideable creatures can benefit your long-term survival plans as well. Case in point. the bee.

    Taming your own colony of bees can provide you with a near limitless supply of honey (a resource which can be used in a variety of ways). In this guide, we’ll show you how to tame bees and harvest honey in ARK: Survival Evolved.

    How to Tame Bees in ARK – Preparation

    Considering how small they are, the process you have to undertake to find and tame your own swarm of bees in ARK: Survival Evolved is surprisingly complex. Before you even set out in search of bees to tame, you’ll want to make sure you have all of the following:

    • Bug Repellant
    • A decent long-range weapon
    • A dependable mount (preferably a flying mount as they tend to be faster and can naturally avoid dangerous terrain)
    • Some extra armor Rare Flowers (to help with the taming process)
    • A friend or two to watch your back if you’re on a PvP server

    Once you have all of the above, it’s time to head out and find some bees.

    How to Tame Bees in ARK – Handling the Swarm

    After you’ve properly prepared, the first thing you’re going want to do is travel over to the Redwood Forest region in ARK: Survival Evolved. There, large beehives can be found attached to the massive trees in the forest. In order to tame bees, you’re going to need to destroy one of these beehives.

    This is where your long-range weapon will come in handy as drone bees will come after you once you begin attacking their hive, and they can inflict a nasty slowing poison on you that can quickly spell your demise if a more powerful predator happens to wander by.

    Once the hive is finally destroyed, a queen bee will spawn up above and slowly float down towards you. Quickly activate your bug repellent, get in close to the queen bee, and feed her the rare flowers so that she becomes tamed.

    How to Harvest Honey in ARK – Queen Bee

    Once you’ve successfully tamed a queen bee in ARK: Survival Evolved, you can automatically convert her into a placeable beehive by picking her up. Now all you have to do is head back to your base, find a suitable spot for the bee hive, and place it down.

    The hive needs to be fed some rare flowers before it will start producing honey, and if the hive ever dies, it will automatically convert back into a queen bee which you can just pick up and place again as a new hive.

    The honey you garner from your hive can be used in various crafting recipes, as a lure that can distract hostile creatures, and even as a component for taming more dangerous beasts like the dire bear.

    In short, going through the process of getting your own bee hive is well worth the hassle, especially if you have teammates who would also benefit from the many uses honey has in Ark: Survival Evolved.

    By reading through this guide, you should now know how to tame bees and harvest honey in ARK: Survival Evolved.

    How to catch a bee without getting stung

    Bees do their part for nature and the garden, but they can cause trouble at home. They present a threat to small children and those allergic to their sting, so unfortunately, not all families can keep them around. However, learning how to get rid of bees is not as difficult as you might think. There are several ways to keep bees at bay so you can enjoy your backyard and your home environment without getting stung.

    Here are a few simple and safe ways to keep the bees away from your home, patio area and hopefully from stinging you and your family.

    Step 1 – Find the Hive

    Identify where the bees have made their home. Look for their nest in plants, flowers, corners of the roof, and awnings, among other places.

    Step 2 – ID Type

    Try and decipher what kind of bees they are or if they are at all bees. They could be wasps or hornets. Wasps are more dangerous and will require other methods of removal.

    Step 3 – Call a Beekeeper

    Bees are very important to our ecosystem and are in trouble worldwide, so before resorting to options that harm or kill them, try to see if there is a local beekeeper in your area. Beekeepers make a living making honey and giving bees a safe home; they would likely love to have the nest and will know a safe way to remove it without harming the bees or your home and garden.In the event that there is no beekeeper in your area to contact and the bees are presenting a safety hazard to you and your family, other natural methods can help.

    Spray Vinegar Mix

    Mix a half part vinegar and a half part water into a spray bottle. Spray the nest at night when the bees are not buzzing around or are mostly dormant. Wear protective clothing such as gloves, long pants and long-sleeve shirt, and maybe even netting tossed over a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck from being stung. Also, spray the solution on the areas that the bees are congregating such as flower beds, plants and bushes. The next day, check for any activity in or near the nest. If you still see activity, spray again. Sweep up any dead bees from the area and discard accordingly.

    More Organic Ways

    If you want to remove the bees organically, try mixing a solution of half water and half mild soap detergent into a spray bottle. Spray the nest and other affected areas with the solution in the evening.

    Soda Pop

    Cut an old soda bottle in half and fill it with a sweet soda like Mountain Dew and place it near the nest or on the ground in your garden, patio, or porch. The bees will become attracted to the scent, make their way toward it and eventually drown in the solution.


    Place or hang a bug zapper strip near the hive. The bees will get caught in the sticky material and eventually perish. These can be purchased at any grocery, home improvement or drug store.

    Plants that Deter Bees

    There aren’t many flowers and plants that deter bees for the simple reason that plants needs need bees to pollinate them. However, wormwood (Artemis), eucalyptus, citronella and peppermint are reputed to be natural bee and wasp repellents. You could plant these around your garden in order to reduce the bee population in your garden naturally.

    Deet-Free Insect repellent

    Many synthetic insect repellents contain DEET (Chemical name: N, N Diethyl-Meta-Toluamide which is a corrosive chemical which can dissolve plastic, nylon and paint. The good thing is that there are now more natural and healthy insect repellants to repel insects from you while you are in the great outdoors or even while you are inside your home. We found this and this repellent and they are readily available on Amazon.

    Seek Professional Help

    Call a pesticide company who will come out and officially remove the hive from the area and spray the bees; many companies now use organic materials versus pesticides.

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    Things You Will Need

    2 metal buckets

    Bees are useful insects that are relatively harmless unless aggravated. According to Link Roll, it is not necessary to kill bees if you find a hive on your property; there are humane ways to encourage them to nest elsewhere.

    Put on protective clothing. The clothing should be tight around the collar, cuffs and ankles to prevent bees accessing beneath the material. To protect your face, wear a special beekeeper’s hat or a baseball cap with netting securely fastened around your head.

    Locate the hive. If you have noticed a greater than usual amount of bees on your property, you must locate their hive in order to eliminate the problem.

    Assess the size of the bee hive. Gain familiarity with its surroundings and find a suitable place to set burning newspaper underneath it in order to smoke out the hive.

    Start the fire. Place your newspaper in the bucket and light it with the grill lighter. Allow the fire to burn for a few minutes before blowing it out so that the embers begin to smolder and smoke.

    Fill the second bucket with water. The bucket will serve as a safety measure should the fire grow out of control.

    Take the smoking bucket to the hive. Set it beneath the largest part of the hive so that the smoke rises up to the bees. This will encourage them to move from their hive.

    Vacate the area. You should go at least 50 feet away from the bee hive directly after placing the bucket to avoid encountering aggravated bees. Keep a close watch on the area to see that the fire does not grow out of control.

    Repeat. You will need to repeat this process nightly until the bees find the area so undesirable that they abandon their current hive and build a new one elsewhere.

    Wait until night. Bees become slow and inactive at night, making this the safest time to smoke them out.


    If you know that killer bees populate near your area of residence, you should consult a professional to deal with the situation. If you have allergies to bee stings, consult a professional or have another perform these tasks.

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    Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn’t writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.