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How to kill bees or how to exterminate bees is an often sought with do-it-yourself (diy) bee removal methods. Most people aren't going out of their way to kill bees, but looking for ways to get rid bees near the house or in a area that needs to be accessed, e.g. chimney, wall, roof, eave, shed, owl or bird house, etc. If you have honey bees on a bush or tree and the nest is perhaps the size of a football or basketball, they may have just arrived as a swarm, often they rest for a few days before moving on.

Bee identification & DIY
Knowing out what type of bees they are will help with finding a solution. If you're not sure what kind of bees you have visit our bee id chart. If your handyman there may be additional options. Live removal is a often preferred vs killing or exterminating honey bees. If you're trying to kill ground bees view our how to kill ground bees page for tips. Do it yourself (DIY) methods to exterminate or kill bees when they are in the wall, roof, or attic are very difficult and not recommended.

Other options
The great majority of the time, trying to kill a bee hive in such a location creates bigger problems, and recurring problems down the road. For help solving a bee problem call the bee hotline, or request a callback. Options for discounted & free bee removal are usually better than trying to remove bees structurally yourself.

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James M
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Oxford, GA

If I leave the bees, then seal up the opening over the winter, will the honey still be in there and cause a problem?

Beekeeper:  Hello James, If the bees are alive and you seal up the hole, the bees will likely just find another way out or make a new way out. This is especially a problem if they decide to burrow through a wall that leads into the common areas of your home! I have seen rooms filled with thousands of bees because the home owner sealed off the hive's entrance. If the bees are dead, then yes, the honey in the wall will remain until it melts, or is consumed by rodents. The smell of the existing hive will attract more bees in the future, and the problem will persist until the hive is removed properly. Give the rest of our website a look through to get more information on bees and honey.

Paul Lucido
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Mandeville, La

I have honey bees in the trunk of an oak tree in my yard. What is the best way to exterminate them myself?

Beekeeper:  Hey Paul, Bees in a tree trunk is a tough thing to take care of alone. I don't suggest trying it on your own, but you can find more information on our page called bees in a tree trunk. Feel free to get our number from the New Orleans page and give us a ring.

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Cheektowaga, NY

I just built a shed 2 weeks ago and found a small hive in it tonight - it's about an inch in diameter. I have knocked it down and scooped it out of the shed. Do I have to be concerned that the bees will come back (there couldn't have been more than a few of bees in the hive)? Is there a way to treat the shed so they don't come back? It's a metal shed with a plywood floor.

Beekeeper:  Helene, Often, if you knock down a wasp or hornets nest they will re-establish their nest close-by. It is generally more effective to use a wasp or hornet spray in early morning or late evening while they are in the nest.

James Young
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Fraser, MI 48026

They are flying around wooden swing set trying to get in between supports but have not suceeded as far as I can tell. Just want to get them from flying around it any ideas Thanks Jim

Beekeeper:  Jim, Do you know what kind of bee it is? You can use this bee identification chart. It sounds like they could be carpenter bees, since it is a wooden swing-set. If you can take a photo, upload it on this same page, then you should be able to get more accurate information.

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