Bees are incredible creatures. They provide us with honey and wax and they pollinate our flowers--all important roles. But that's not to say that they can't also be a nuisance when they build their nests nearby your porch, deck or somewhere in your yard. Anyone who has ever been stung knows that they definitely don't want to be stung again. However, using chemical agents such as Raid isn't your only option to get rid of these insects. There are several easy methods to naturally and safely get rid of bees.
Things You'll Need
- Borax, or boric acid
- Juice or soda
Determine what kind of insect you are dealing with--bees or wasps. If in fact you have a nest of bees, you should first contact a local beekeeper to take them away. Wild honey bees have been in severe decline over the last few years and shouldn't be killed if at all possible.
Find the nest. Before you lay any traps, you'll need to know where the nest is. Bees are diurnal (day dwelling) insects, so it's easiest to find their nest during dusk or dawn. At these times they will generally all enter or leave their nest at the same time and you'll be able to spot their trail without too much trouble.
Build a bee trap. Use either a two liter soda bottle with the top cut off or a basin for your trap. Fill your container with a couple of inches of soda or juice. The bees will be attracted to the sweet scent and will be stuck once they fall into the liquid. To make the trap more effective, add a few drops of dish soap to cut the surface tension of the juice or soda.
Use borax, or boric acid, to naturally dispose of the bees. As the bees get the borax dust on themselves, they'll track it into their nests and eventually poison the entire colony.
Remove the nest. After the bees are gone, you'll want to remove the nest to be sure that other bees don't reclaim it later in the season. Wear gloves while handling the nest just in case there are a few stragglers left behind.
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