Bees are usually regarded as highly beneficial insects to the eco-system, and one cannot fail to recognize their importance among living things; due to all the essential tasks they perform like pollinating vegetables and flowers. However, bees if given space and a conducive environment could make your home their habitation (their home). The idea of bees inhabiting your home and the environment around it is not welcoming though. Therefore, if that’s the case for you, it only means you need to start identifying natural bee killers that will help get rid of them for good. Because now, they are no longer beneficial insects, but instead, they have become pests.
You’ve likely been warned before about the stinging nature of bees and probably been told to stay away from them. While it is true that bees do sting, they only fight back when they are attacked or feel threatened. By nature, bees are reactive, and when provoked slightly, they get defensive. It is crucial, therefore, to understand their very nature, so you know how to stay safer when you’re dealing with them.
Many insects are known to have pheromones in them, and bees are no exception. When irritated, bees release an alarming pheromone that alerts the other bees in the hive of danger. When such an alarm is raised, it makes all of them turn defensive and dangerous. If you’re near the hive or in the vicinity, they will have no mercy on you because you are now perceived as a danger to them.
To stay safe, avoid alerting them and getting the bees into this defensive panic mode. How you handle them is what determines whether how bad your day is going to be. Be aware of what you’re doing and what triggers an attack at all times.
When handling bees, timing is critical, and you need to keep a few things in mind. Bees are known to get moody under certain weather conditions. Colder and rainy days force bees to cluster together in search of warmth. Under these not so pleasant conditions, they are bound to be more irritable, and it would be safer to approach the hive possibly during warm weather; or early mornings and later evening to night-time because they’re less active during these times.
If you happen to be a beekeeper, then you’ll understand that placing the hive in place with no shade will make the bees uncomfortable and subsequently more aggressive. So if that colony looks like it’s cooking under the sun’s heat, you can be sure they’re going to be a little more short-tempered.
Another to do safety wise (before you attempt to get rid of them) is to inform your family and neighbors about the beehive location to keep them safe. Also, let them you plan to attack them, so they’re going to be angry and dangerous. Kindly let them know to stay inside and be alert just in case.
Most repellents work to get rid of bees and not to kill them. Remember that. If they are pissed, and they are attacking you, a repellent probably won’t do much. Planning to repel bees at the same time as destroying them and their colony may not be a well-calculated plan. Few repellent such as smoke is powerful enough at deterring bees that they might prove to be helpful in an attempt to remove them. Many others don’t work so well that they can help prevent or mitigate an attack. You should carefully instead pick a method that works well at getting rid of them, not repelling them.
What Can You Spray To Kill Them?
If you want to kill bees around your home through spraying, try using boiled water mixed with peppermint soap. The peppermint and boiling water solution will kill all the bees in the hive including their eggs. This method works best with ground bees.
Another method is using detergent and water to spray them. Soap and water work on all sorts of bees; we’ll talk more about that below.
Can You Use Soapy Water?
Spraying soapy water on bees work. Water by itself cannot be very useful in killing the bees because it will not make the bees drown. However, adding a surfactant like soap to the water makes it form a thin layer on the bee’s body because of the wax molecules on the bee. The wax allows more soapy water to enter the bee’s body–drowning it eventually.
You can prepare a solution of soap and water by mixing 10 ml laundry soap in a bucket of water. If you’re concerned, avoid using soap that is used for cleaning fabrics that are synthetic since they are known to contain chemicals. Such chemicals might get suspended in the air causing allergic reactions when inhaled by humans and animals. Otherwise, they work just as well and maybe even better.
When doing the mixing, stir it up well to form a lot of foam. A foamy solution is more effective at killing the bees than a solution with less foam. A hand spray bottle works well in spraying against the bees in small numbers. However, you may want to use a hose sprayer for bees located in places that are hard to reach, and if you know, you’ll be dealing with a lot of them (which is almost always the case).
Cover your body when spraying the bees as they do not get killed instantly and could turn aggressive and attack you. A protective suit is a worthwhile investment if you’re intent on eliminating these guys yourself. You might also want to do this early in the morning or later at night when they are less active. Also be sure other people and pets aren’t in the area or the bees could turn their aggression towards them instead.
Other Natural Solutions
These are other natural solutions you can use for killing bees. They’re more for killing a few and no the entire nest.
Will Vinegar Kill Bees?
Vinegar is an effective home remedy for killing bees as it works by immobilizing them and after that suffocating them. It can repeatedly be applied when the need arises.
Mix a quarter of water with a tablespoon of vinegar. Using a handheld sprayer, spray the solution into the beehives.
Sweet soda such as sprite has a scent that attracts bees. Cut an empty bottle in a quarter way and fill it with sprite. When the bees come over, they get drowned in the soda solution.
Vacuum cleaners also efficiently work at getting rid of bees. A vacuum cleaner is more effective when used early in the mornings or late evenings as this is the time when the bees are less active. It doesn’t kill the bees you vacuum. You can safely release them far away from the house, or you can get creative at killing them.
More Effective Human-made Alternatives
Synthetic pesticides can be used to get rid of bees much more efficiently. D-Force HPX is one such synthetic pesticide that has been used to kill bees effectively. D-Force HPX works by attacking the nervous system of the bee leading to paralysis and subsequent death of the bee.
Many other powerful synthetic pesticides will get the job done. You’ll have to look at what is locally available and see what seems to work best for that area.
What Kills Bees Fastest
To kill bees in the shortest time possible, hang bug zappers with a lure at the entrance to the beehive. Most bees will get electrocuted when trying to access the sweet bait.
Synthetic pesticides also work reasonably fast at killing them. As for a more natural solution, it seems lots of soapy water is your best option for bees that make hives off the ground. For bees that build their colonies in the ground, a large pot of boiling water kills the fastest.
When using a natural bee killer, you want to make sure that you are cautious about your safety and the dangers that bees can bring. Bees only get aggressive or defensive when provoked. Avoid, therefore, disturbing them for your safety unless they have become an immediate threat to you and your family’s security. It is good also to understand their mannerisms and nature to know the best time to kill them. It’s also good to know why they are there now. You can kill bees naturally by using homemade remedies that are known produce favorable results. But the best and safest solution is to leave it to a qualified professional who is better equipped with equipment, knowledge, and experience.