Reducing The Chance Of A Bee Sting When Removing A Hive

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If you have a bee hive close to your home, you may want to take steps in removing it so people and pets in your yard are not at risk of being stung. Calling a pest control service is the best way to remove a hive as it will be handled professionally and you will not become stung yourself in the process. If you decide to undertake bee removal task yourself, you will need to take precautions to keep yourself from getting hurt. Here are some safety guidelines to follow when removing a bee hive from your yard.

Wait For The Right Time

Trying to use chemicals to kill off bees during daytime hours can have dire consequences. This is when bees are awake, searching for food or flying around in search for an area to build a remove hive in addition to their main one. Wait until the nighttime hours to attempt to battle bees in their hive. This is when they are dormant for several hours, giving you plenty of time to take them out while they are unaware of your presence.

Lessen The Load In The Hive

Try to reduce the number of bees you will have to potentially encounter when you use a pesticide in trying to kill them off. Add a few tablespoons of dish detergent to a half bottle of soda. Set it down outside, close to the hive but not close enough where you put yourself in the line of fire. Leave it outdoors for a day or two. The sugar in the soda will entice the bees. When they fly into the bottle to take a sip, the dish detergent will weigh them down when they put their feet on the liquid. Remove dead bees and replace the soda bottle to collect more.

Wear The Proper Apparel

You may have noticed that beekeepers are usually dressed in white jumpsuits when working with their bees. This is because white is least likely to upset bees. Wearing bright colors can aggravate bees, making them more prone to attack via stinging. When you go out in the dark to spray the beehive, wear a light-colored long sleeve shirt and pants to protect your skin. Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles to protect your eyes. Consider wearing a scarf around most of your face to help protect it from bee stings as well.