How to Kill Bees & Bats


Bees and bats are good for the environment--that's a well-known fact. But there are times when they become pests as well. There are even dangers associated with bee or bat infestations: For instance, some people are more susceptible to severe reactions, including death, to bee stings than other people are. And killer bees, or bats with rabies, can attack and kill humans and other animals. Sometimes, the only option available is killing the bees and bats so that there are no risks to human safety.

Things You'll Need

  • Respirator
  • Goggles
  • Pesticide spray
  • Pesticide dust
  • Rat poison

How to Kill Bees

  • Put on a respirator and goggles. Pesticides are not good for human or pets to ingest, so a respirator and goggles will help prevent health problems in case some sprays back into the face. If pesticides get on the skin or in the face, wash the skin immediately.

  • Kill the bees during the evening or at night. Spraying a beehive during the day not only will make the bees angry but also will kill only a few bees--the few that aren't out working to gather pollen. Wait until evening to kill the bees so that all of them are in the hive.

  • Spray a liquid pesticide. If the hive is not buried deeply underground, or if it is in a high location, liquid pesticides are best because a sprayer can reach higher locations and kills the bees more quickly. Be careful to avoid spraying the pesticide too close to your face.

  • Sprinkle a pesticide dust over the entrance of the nest. This is best for bee nests that are near the ground or under a house. Unlike a spray, which is liquid, the pesticide dust is powder that kills the bees when they are unable to get out of the hive.

How to Kill Bats

  • Killing bats is illegal in most states because bats are an important part of the ecosystem and because many species are endangered. Before killing bats, look up the laws of your state concerning the extermination of bats.

  • Look at the bats' health. While it is true that killing bats is illegal in many states, bats that have rabies are usually killed to prevent the spread of the disease. In such a situation, call local animal control and inform them that the bats have rabies. If bitten, get tested for rabies--and bring the bat to ensure it has rabies.

  • Try humane methods of bat removal. Placing sticky substances on perches or closing all potential areas of entry while the bats are out hunting bugs prevents the bats from coming into a specific location to get rid of the bats without killing them.

  • Kill bats with poisons as a last resort. If the bats cannot be removed, if they have diseases or if they otherwise require extermination, use a poison to kill them. Rat poisons are effective on bats. As killing some species of bats is illegal in most states, kill only bats that are not endangered or protected. Bats that are endangered or protected species require the services of a pest control professional.

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