What Is Bee Removal
Live bee removal is when bees are either removed or relocated from home. Because bees can be dangerous, it’s smart to hire a beekeeper or other bee professionals to remove them from home. A relocation is a popular option for honey bees since they are considered the most beneficial of all insect species.
They are usually taken to a new location where they are used to pollinate crops and create honey or beeswax. Local beekeepers are usually more than willing to keep the bees, sell them, or put them in a bee hive box. Professional bee removal allows the bees to go to a fresh home where they can be cared for and looked after.
Although it’s not safe to handle bees yourself, calling bee removal services is easy. If you are unsure if you need wasp nest removals or honey bee removal, call a pest control professional. Pest control companies offer free estimates and quote whether you are dealing with honey bees or wasps.
Technicians will try to avoid harming beneficial pollinators like honey or bumblebees. If the population of bees decreases, it can jeopardize our ecosystem. Because of their importance, some species are now protected, and laws are in place to support their growth.
While we want to protect honey bees and bumblebees, one species of bee needs to be exterminated. The carpenter bee looks very similar to bumblebees. The difference is they lack hair and have a shiny abdomen.
They reside in sheds, parks, and fields. Carpenter bees drill holes inside of wood and lay eggs there. They are solitary insects, and only the female bees can sting. Hornets or yellow jackets would also need to be removed, but they aren’t bees, so we won’t worry about them in the article.
Over time, carpenter bees increase their nests and cause noticeable damage to the wood. They create circular holes in wood that are about ½ inch in diameter. Look for “frass,” it looks like sawdust that comes from the drilling area.
Their feces also are known to stain, and they often crawl out of the wood randomly. If carpenter bees are in or near your home, it is a huge issue. There are a few tips and tricks you can follow if carpenter bees are in your home.
Simple DIY Bee Removal Methods
Carpenter bees can destroy wooden surfaces and cause damage to your residence. On top of drilling holes in the wood, their waste and pollen leave stains.
A viable option for getting rid of them is by getting rid of their home. By changing out the material to something the bees can’t drill into or painting and staining the wood, carpenter bees won’t have anywhere to turn. They hate treated wood, and if they can’t drill in the material, they don’t have anywhere to hide.
Carpenter bee traps are relatively easy to find and set up, eliminating the need for an exterminator. A carpenter bee trap is essentially a pre-drilled wooden block that is attached to a bottle. The jar lures the bees in and traps them. They later perish and can easily be removed to dispose of.
The trap models the bee’s nest. The bees crawl into the pre-set entrance holes, and the exit holes are invisible. To them, a light source means escape so they continuously attempt to escape to the trap’s bottom. The “light” is a hole with a plastic or glass bottle underneath. To dispose of the dead bees, unscrew the bottle and dump them out.
Pest control companies favor dusting or spraying chemicals into the holes that carpenter bees create. The professionals find the access points and ensure that the chemicals get in the cracks and crevices.
Bee poison is pretty effective; however, it doesn’t produce an immediate result and may not harm the eggs. The treatment kills adult bees, but the larvae will continue to grow and hatch.
The professional company doing the work will need to come back to monitor their growth and reapply for treatment. Each company has its own plan, ranging from monthly to annual basis depending on the situation.
There are a couple of natural methods to try if you don’t want to use chemical prevention. Carpenter bees despise citrus scent, especially oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and lime. Either squeeze out the juice of the fruits or boil the peels in a pot of water for a while. Then, pour the citrus solution into a spray bottle and sprinkle the aroma around the designated area. The smell should naturally repel them, as they cannot stand the fragrance.
Different types of oil have properties that keep carpenter bees away. Some popular scents include lavender, tea tree, jojoba, and citronella oil. To create an oil blend to repel bees, mix all the oils listed above in a bowl. Pour that into a spray bottle and spray around all the areas infested with bees.
The oil spray causes no harm to anyone besides the carpenter bees. Almond oil specifically contains benzaldehyde, an active repellant against carpenter bees. If you pour it into the holes to deter the larvae and bees, it works for around 3 or 4 months.
Another natural method includes garlic, oil, and vinegar. Add a couple of cloves of garlic in a bowl of cooking oil for a few days. Next, add white vinegar to the bowl. Spray the solution around the burrows and check on it regularly. After regular application, the bees should slowly be driven away. Also, apply garlic powder into the carpenter bee holes to keep them out in the future.
Step by Step Instructions for Making an Effective Bee Vac / Bee Vacuum
Another tip is to use an appropriate size vacuum nozzle that fits into the tunnel hole. It’s smart to vacuum all around inside the hole to suck the bees out. Use the vacuum method during the first stages of nesting and in the evening when the bees are inside their tunnels. The vacuum method is very effective for someone trying to eradicate the bees all by themselves.
How Can I Prevent Bees From Returning
The first and easiest way to prevent carpenter bees is by treating your wood. That includes painting, staining, or other treatment of the wood. Carpenter bees despise treated wood and will not create a nest in it. You can also plug the holes that carpenter bees form with plugs, cork, putting, or caulking. After the bees are all killed, plug the holes with whatever you choose.
A favored choice is wood putty because you can paint over it. It is important to time it right so more bees don’t continue to come in. Early fall is the best time to plug, and then in the following years, you must spray the chemicals early to ensure no bees get through.
Bees are also attracted to sweet foods. A second way to consistently prevent bees is by ensuring there are no empty soda or juice bottles. Always take the trash out and clean the trash can itself as well to avoid them. Last, but not least, burning citronella candles can repel bees because they despise the scent.
We can all agree- bees are a nuisance when they’re in the way. If bee infestations are plaguing you, call around to find the perfect beekeeper for removal. If you are a homeowner dealing with carpenter bees, give bee removal professionals a call to fix the issue.
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