There are times when, on the least expected day, we find that our house has formed a hive of bees or wasps which can obviously be a problem for our health, since we run the risk of being bitten at any time.
This situation tends to occur more commonly in single family houses or in the chalets, although it can also occur on balconies and terraces of flats or even inside (although in this case we usually realize that it is because we have the windows open due to the high temperatures and the insects take advantage of a morning or two to create a small hive).
What to do about this situation?
When we discover that a hive has formed in our home, the first thing we should do is think about removing it. If it is large or if we do not want to be prone to any mishap, the best we can do is call a specialist to carry out the fumigation and removal of it.
That way, in a matter of hours we will have solved the problem. However, if the hive is in a house where we have land to remove it ourselves, there are some steps that can be taken without calling specialists. Of course, we remember that they are the more suitable people to do this work.
Steps to remove a hive
In the first place, we must point out that although we call them hives, the groups of wasps or bumblebees do not form hives themselves, but we will refer to them as such so that facilitate explanation of the steps.
Step 1. Confirm that you are not allergic to their sting
Before doing anything, you should know if the sting of a wasp, bee or other similar insect can cause you more damage than usual, since you could endanger your life no need.
Step 2. Wear suitable clothing
If you are going to eliminate it on your own (it would not hurt if you asked a pest expert before), do not do it in short sleeves or with light clothing, but you should opt for thick garments and for leaving practically no skin exposed. Also, wear goggles to protect your eyes and a hood for your head. Any protection is little when it comes to safeguarding ourselves from a possible sting.
Step 3. Wait for sunset
Once the nest is located, you have to wait for late afternoon or even when it begins to get dark, as it will be at that moment when the bees or wasps have less activity, so it will be more difficult for them to attack you.
Step 4. Apply the poison
The best way to eliminate a hive is by use poison that ends with all the insects. It is the most appropriate way, since others that we will point out below may pose a danger to people. When you apply the poison or insecticide, stand back and wait for it to take effect.
Step 5. Remove the hive
When all the insects have died, you should remove the hive and put it in a garbage bag. Don’t be in a hurry if you’re not sure not they have all died its members. And of course, continue to use the clothes mentioned above. If the hive is in a high place, throw it to the ground with a long stick or some similar tool.
If you have a dog or other pet, be sure to remove all dead bees or waspsSince they will be impregnated with poison and if they eat them it can cause poisoning or worse.
Another recommendation that you cannot ignore when you remove the hive is to have a «flight plan», that is, a place where take refuge and to which the insects cannot access if they have not died in their entirety.
How not to delete a hive
There are other options to destroy a nest of wasps or bees that although they can be as effective as poison, they are not recommended to carry out because of the danger they pose.
- With fire. It is clear that burning a hive is effective, but the simple act of making a fire already poses a danger in case we do not know how to control it. In addition, the insects will become more irritated than usual, with the danger of suffer their bites if the area is not well secured.
- With water. Less dangerous than using fire (and perhaps less effective) is using a jet of water to drown the wasps or bees. In this case, there is also a great risk that we will suffer its attack. In addition, if the nest or hive is located in an elevated area, giving it a «hose» will not make much sense, as it will fall, but the bugs that are inside will not die.
Ultimately, the best way will always be hiring someone specialized in pests, as it will carry out its work quickly and without any kind of mishap for the owner of the house.