How to Safely Get Rid of a Beehive

A deserted beehive hanging out on a limb.
What You'll Need
Bee suit with hood
Insecticide for bees
Water hose

Bees are essential to our ecosystem and the growth of many staple crops in our diets. However, some people are deathly allergic to bee stings and will need to remove any hives that form around their home. Exercising safe procedures during this task is always paramount to keep you from being stung while you get rid of the hive. Here are the tools, materials, and steps you will need to undertake this task without injury.

Step 1 - Call a Local Beekeeper

As mentioned previously, bees are vital to our ecosystem, so it is always important to try to remove a hive from your yard without killing the bees first. A professional beekeeper is the way to go in this case. They will be able to relocate the hive safely and without harm so these little pollinators can keep doing their job.

In the event that you can't find a professional to take care of this, and natural solutions just aren't working, there are a few other methods you can try. Again, killing the bees should be treated as a last resort.

Step 2 - Obtain Materials

Purchase insecticide from a pest control store or retailer as well as a smoker so you can calm the bees while you apply the insecticide. You can make a small fire to serve as a smoker, but using an approved smoker tool will be safer and easier for you to use. You should also purchase a bee suit and hood in order to reduce the risk of being stung while you're working.

Step 3 - Prepare the Smoker

Take the smoker and, as instructed, create a fire inside. This will help provide cover for you as you approach the hive because it will calm the bees nearby. Only use the smoker as recommended by the instructions.

Step 4 - Apply Insecticide or Fire

With the bee suit on, slowly walk to the beehive and hold the smoker underneath. The smoke will slow down the bees activity, so you can insert the applicator end for the insecticide inside the beehive and spray the solution.

If you want to use fire instead of insecticide to cut down on chemical exposure, simply light the hive with a torch after you smoke the bees to calm them. Wait for the beehive to be completely engulfed before you douse it; always have a water hose nearby in order to put the fire out.

Step 5 - Remove the Beehive

Take the nest down from the tree branch that it was hanging from. Dispose of it immediately by placing it into a landfill or trash heap away from your home. If you have used insecticide inside, be sure that it can be safely disposed of in a landfill by contacting your local authorities.

With the hive removed, any bees that were not inside will disappear, as they will have no home to return to.