How do you get rid of bees that have a hive inside a wall?

Getting rid of bees How to get rid of bee's? (and avoid harsh poisons). The hive was under the house. Bee's were entering through a small vent between bricks just above the ground level. I blocked up all other vents with plastic inserts sold for this purpose in a hardware store.

The main vent was now my target.

I got an ordinary plastic fluid funnel and cut off the spout about one inch in from the end - to make the hole slightly larger so that a bee could get through. '''Just one bee at a time.'''

The funnel was then (this was at night when the bees were sleeping) fixed over the hole in the bricks and held in place with a complete packet of '''blu tak''' poster putty, placed around the rim of the funnel.

So now the bee's had a smaller and single entry to their nest.

In the afternoon's a '''traffic jam''' of bee's would build up. I'd spray them with fly spray and make a fast getaway.

Unfortunate I know. (I'd called various bee keepers but none could or would help). Later I made a transparent flap -held in place with bluu tak, to make a sort of one-way exit and difficult entry point.

It took a week of effort but eventually worked. When I removed the funnel it was choked-up with dead bee's inside.

Also at night I squirted fly spray and cochroach spray into the slot on several nights. What additional effect this had was hard to know.

I considered using a '''bug zapper''' as described above but these are a bit difficult to find. Anyway the above worked.

Here are more tips from FAQ Farmers:

  • If you know where the nest is and there are hundreds of bees, you can try something that worked for us. We put a bug zapper right in front of the "main entrance" of their nest while they were sleeping at night. We then turned it on during the day. As they flew in and out they died by the hundreds. After a few days I think they either moved to a safer location or we had killed them all.
  • We had them in our ceiling and the noise they were making drove us crazy. My husband tapped on the ceiling with his knuckle and in one spot it put a hole in the ceiling. We saw the bees and put tape over it. I then got brave and put rubbing alcohol in a glass and slid the cup over the hole the started swarming down the cup and died. Got about 50. Then my husband sprayed the nest in the hole with Raid wasp &hornet killer. Next step is to get the nest out and hope there isn't more bees when we remove tape again.
  • Been advised to put out a plate with sliced apples covered with honey. Theory: Bees will stick to honey - immobilized. Practice:did NOT work although the bees seem to have enjoyed their little buffet.
  • Suggestion #2Bees hate mint. Spray their 'doorways' with Dr. Banner's mint soap (liquid) Don't know - haven't tried it yet. Hope it works as i do not want to kill, just relocate them
  • Use a wet dri vac,Put at entrance turn it on and sucks them up fast and to make sure they are dead spray some bee killer in the hose to while its running.Kills them fast and easy to dispose of to.
  • Please call a local bee keeper. Honeybees are essential for a lot of farm pollination. Because of the importation of the Varroa mite most feral bee hives are gone (in the wild). Spraying the bees with raid or another pesticide is just plain dumb. What IF you do kill them with spray? Now you have a wall full of decoposing bees and wax and honey the is soaked in poison.
  • Some bee keepers (like me) will remove the bee for around $200. Call the Ag. extension office for a referal to a local bee keeper. They carry a list of local guys and girls willing to do the job.
  • I am in a catch 22 situation. I have honey bees nesting in the wall of my house. No local bee keepers will tackle the problem. The pest control people tell me they'll deal with the bees, but I have to cut the hole into the house myself. I have no experience of dealing with angry bees, no protective clothing etc.. What do I do next?
Do Not Just Kill or Remove ThemFirst, do not poison honey bees. If you do you will have a hard time finding help. The bees can not simply be killed or removed. You need to remove all of the comb.

Bees work hard to keep the comb and honey cool. If you kill the bees, the combs will melt leaving you with honey running down your walls. First thing to do is find a local bee keeper. He/She may have to cut into the wall to get access to the bees. It is a messy job, and can cost some money, so be prepared. Here are a few ways to find a local bee keeper.

Alot of bee keepers will leave their name with the local police, fire department, and exterminators.Most states have bee keeping clubs. You should be able to locate a nearby club online .Leave a posting on beesource.com click on the exchange button. It is a very friendly group of people.If you by chance are in the Minneapolis area, I would be happy to do it for you. you can leave me a message at bee source. My name on that site is Joshua2639