How to Kill Bees

Bees are an integral part of the life cycle, pollinating flowers and providing honey. However, bees also pose a serious health risk for those deathly allergic to their sting. If bees pose a threat to you or your family, you may have to kill them. Read the list below to learn how to kill bees.

  • Insecticide dust Sprinkle insecticide dust on the bee hive in the early morning or late at night -- when all the bees are in the hive. Either sprinkle the dust on the entrance to the hive or use a hand duster to shoot the insecticide into the hive. Never use the wax or honey from a hive that has been treated with insecticide [source: UMN].
  • Aerosol spray Approach the nest in the early morning or late at night and spray the hive with aerosol spray. The hive should immediately fall from the branch. Spray the insecticide into the hive to kill the bees. Dispose of the hive and its honey to avoid other pest infestations [source: IDPH].
  • Soap and water Mix liquid soap detergent with water and spray or pour the solution on ground-nesting bees [source: UMN].
  • Almond oil Plug the entrance to the hive and spray the whole structure with almond oil. It's best to do this during the day, when most of the bees have already left the hive [source: Ronning].
  • Boric acid Sprinkle boric acid -- which comes in dust form -- on the hive's entrance. This natural toxin will spread throughout the nest and poison the entire bee population. Remember to always wear gloves when using boric acid and wash your hands immediately afterward [source: Ronning].

If you're allergic to bee stings, or simply don't want to risk getting stung while dealing with your bee problem, you can always hire a professional bee-removal service.

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