How To Kill Bees
How To Kill Bees
If you discover a bee hive or nest on your property, your first inclination might be to try to kill them with insecticide or some folk remedy you’ve heard about, but before you search the Internet for instructions on how to kill bees, consider these facts.
Some kinds of bees are more aggressive than others and trying to remove or kill them is a dangerous proposition. In addition, it’s very easy to underestimate how many bees are in a hive or nest. You may see a few dozen bees going in and out, but you might be surprised to learn that the hive actually contains tens of thousands of bees. Getting multiple stings is a distinct possibility. Not only would that be uncomfortable, it can also be deadly if you happen to be allergic to bee stings.
According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to bee stings is potentially life-threatening and requires emergency treatment. About 3 percent of people who are stung by a bee or other insect quickly develop anaphylaxis. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
Skin reactions in parts of the body other than the sting area, including hives and itching and flushed or pale skin (almost always present with anaphylaxis)
Swelling of the throat and tongue
A weak and rapid pulse
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Dizziness or fainting
Loss of consciousness
People who have a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting have a 30 to 60 percent chance of anaphylaxis the next time they're stung.
Calling in a bee removal expert to safely and quickly remove the bees—either by relocating them to another location or, if necessary, to kill the bees, is much safer and the best option for handling the problem.
An experienced bee removal expert will be able to determine the type of bee you have on your property. If the nest belongs to the less-aggressive honey bees, it is likely the bees can be removed and handed over to a beekeeper in your area that will come and take the hive away rather than killing them.
Bees are important for plant pollination and ensuring the survival of food supply crops, so it is important to protect and preserve them whenever possible.
Nevertheless, whether the bees are removed or must be killed, even a professional bee removal expert must use caution. He may want to do the work early in the morning or in the evening because it is at those times that bees are less active and less likely to sting.