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How do I get rid of a beehive?

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To remove a beehive, it is necessary to apply a pesticide or soapy water to the nest. In some cases, honey bees can be removed by a professional beekeeper free of charge. Removal may require several treatments with soapy water or pesticide to ensure the bees do not pose a threat during removal.

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How do I get rid of a beehive?
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  1. Identify the bee

    It is necessary to know whether the bees are honey bees or another variety before removing the nest. In some regions, honey bees are relocated rather than removed to preserve the hive.

  2. Apply a pesticide

    If the bees pose a threat, apply a commercial pesticide after dusk when the bees are less active. Reapply the pesticide daily until the bees are no longer active. An alternative to traditional pesticides is spraying the nest with soapy water. Mix 1 ounce of dish detergent per gallon of water, and spray the entrance to the hive thoroughly. Repeat as needed until the bees are no longer present.

  3. Remove the nest

    Wearing protective clothing, wrap a garbage bag around the entire nest. Tie the bag tightly, and dispose of the nest. If the nest is in a hard-to-reach location, such as inside a wall, apply pesticide to the inside of the wall, and close the bees' entrance permanently.

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