How to Remove a Honey Bee Nest

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Honey bees nest in the walls of your home.
Honey bees nest in the walls of your home. (Image: bee bees apises beehive hive insect image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

Finding a nest of honey bees attached to your home can be a real nuisance, especially in warmer weather when the honey bees are out and about around your home looking for flowers to rest on. Removing a honey bee nest is a straightforward procedure that you can do yourself. This will save you money on hiring an exterminator to do it for you. Be careful not to get stung.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective clothing
  • 2 cans of insect spray
  • Garden sheers
  • Stick
  • Plastic bag
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Caulk

Dress yourself in protective clothing such as a long sleeve shirt, pants, a hat, work gloves, boots and sunglasses to attempt to prevent bee stings. Tuck your pants into your socks.

Spray an entire can of insect spray over and around the honey bee nest. Let it sit for a few hours.

Return to the honey bee hive and check to see if there is still activity. Spray a second can of insect repellent if bees are still swarming around the nest.

Cut the honey bee nest to remove it after all the bees are dead. Use garden sheers to break it down, and a stick to get in to hard to reach spots. Deposit the remnants of the honey bee nest in a plastic bag and discard it in the trash.

Fill a bucket with warm water and dish soap. Wash the area where the honey bee nest was with a sponge to clean away any residual beeswax.

Look for any holes that can attract a new swarm if the honey bee nest was located in the walls of your home, and fill them with caulk.

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