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Old August 1st, 2005, 10:47 AM
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Bee hive - what to do

Hi everyone,

This may be a bit off topic but I'm guessing it involves gardening products.

We have a small bee hive - actually I'm not even sure it's a hive - it looks like a honeycomb and when I look at it it looks like there might be 20-30 bees there at any one time. It is located inside our light fixture outside which is attached to the wall. There is no lightbulb in that fixture so there may well be bees inside the socket itself.

Can anyone recommend a product to get rid of them?

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Is there a product that will just make them go away without killing them?

Thanks all,

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Old August 1st, 2005, 10:54 AM
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Well the reason they are going there is because of the Queen.

Since you may have not done this before I don't recommend smoking them to remove the queen. Anything you may spray on them may not kill the queen she is well hidden and any bees that aren't in the nest will just return and if they get p'd off at you uh watch out.

If in a socket or attached to the wall, odds are there may be more inside the house.

If it were me I'd first find out what type of bee it is, compare to pictures on the net then have someone professionally remove them.

I don't recommend kill sprays because #1 toxic and deadly to the bees #2 toxic to YOU and #3 they never get them all and you're right back where you started.

See if there are any apiaries around where you live, people that actually operate hives and produce honey. That is your best bet, they can give you recommendations and even direct you to someone who can remove them humanely and without toxic chemicals.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Just in case you were considering it, (though I doubt you were) DO NOT whack the hive with a big stick (no matter how big it is, and how far you stand from the hive). Just sharing my own personal experience
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Old August 1st, 2005, 04:06 PM
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I recommend my dad's technique- if you have good access to it. You take a big jar or bucket that has a lid and about 2 hours or more after it gets dark, you climb up wrap your hand around the top very gently, then shove it into the container and put the lid on. You leave it for at least a week. It does kill them but I don't think bees relocate... And after dark, they are all in there, so it's the best time.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 05:11 PM
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Good idea Prin

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Old August 2nd, 2005, 07:35 AM
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

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Just in case you were considering it, (though I doubt you were) DO NOT whack the hive with a big stick (no matter how big it is, and how far you stand from the hive). Just sharing my own personal experience
Thanks puppyluv - that really made me laugh!

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Old August 8th, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Raid has a spray for bees, we have used it before for nests up north. Yes do it at night when they are sleeping, sneek up on them and they don't know what hit them. Honestly do it at night so you don't get stung, and if the light has power going to it you might want to think about shutting it off as you are spraying it with liquid. Better to be safe than sorry.
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