Bee Pest Control: How to Get Rid of Bees

Stinging Pests: Bees, Hornets, Wasps & Yellow Jackets

Bees, Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets are all found in Washington state. Honey bees and other such bumble bees are beneficial as pollinators and are treated as pests only if they nest in homes or in frequently used areas of the yard. Bees are normally not aggressive unless they or their nests are directly bothered.

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Removing Bees from Homes and Buildings

A swarm of honey bees often will enter a building and start a nest between studs in the outside walls. Bees in a location of this kind are usually difficult to dislodge. Depending on how the long the bees have been present, several procedures might be used to remove or destroy them.

Pest Control of Yellowjackets and Paper Wasps

Stinging Pests. Although yellow jackets and paper wasps cause serious health problems by stinging, overall they are beneficial insects due to predation of many insects that damage shade trees and crops. They also kill countless house flies and blow flies as a provisioning diet for their own developing young. The western yellowjacket, the common yellowjacket and the German yellow-jacket scavenge for meat and liquid sweets and can become pests, especially at picnics.

Control. Yellowjackets can be pests at picnic tables, when a nest is built in a house, workplace, or around garbage cans. Remember, however, that yellowjackets and paper wasps are beneficial insects, so control them only if absolutely necessary. The best solution for controlling stinging pests like paper wasps and yellowjackets it to leave them along, the nest will disintegrate over the winter months. If the nest is located on the eaves of a house or in the attic, it is advisable to remove it after the yellowjackets are gone because the nest may serve as a source of carpet beetles or other pests. Treatment of yellow jackets and paper wasps is usually unwarranted except when large numbers occur. If the stinging pest are a nuisance, you should contact a Pest Fighter or pest control operator. Often they can be excluded by properly screening or 'bug proofing" attic areas, but in severe cases attics may be fogged or dusted. It is important to note, the integrated pest management and control of stinging pests is an act you should entrust to your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator. Pest control is not a task you should attempt to learn or self-help remedy without professional guidance for your own personal safety.

Garbage Cans. Keep garbage cans covered; certain insecticide formulations can be placed on the inside of the over and will repel or kill yellowjackets.

Arboreal Nests. Aerosol products that propel the insecticide up to 9 feet are very effective for controlling colonies in arboreal locations or under the eaves of structures. Thoroughly wet the nest and area around the entrance with insecticide.

Underground Nests. Pest Fighter uses a recommended insecticide for underground nests. We pour or spray the insecticide into the entrance hole. A pest control operator attempting this in the daytime, will need to use protective clothing.

Nests in Wall Voids and Ceilings. Pest Fighter uses only a recommended insecticide for nests inside human dwellings. Nests in buildings can be treated during the day.

Picnic Problems. To control yellowjackets at picnics, hang a fish or piece of liver on a string above a bucket of water containing some detergent. The yellowjackets will try to fly away with pieces of fish or liver that are too heavy for them and will fall into the water. The detergent acts a a wetting agent, and the trapped wasps will drown. this old method is messy but very effective.

Pest Control of Bees

Removal of a Newly Established Swarm. A Pest Fighter (or pest control operator) will most likely work with a local beekeeper interested in obtaining a newly established swarm of honey bees to form a hive colony. Pest Fighter can remove your bee problem without opening the wall by using a bee escape, a small one-way passage unit that lets the bees out but not back in, placed over the entrance to the wall.

Destruction of Newly Established Swarm. When bees have been present for only a short while (less than a week), there will be little or no brood or honey to complicate destruction.

Destruction of an Established Colony. A colony of honey bees that has been established in a wall for a season or more will contain a considerable amount of honey and brood material. If the bees are killed with an insecticide, the deteriorating brood may produce a disagreeable odor for some time, and honey may seep out through interior walls. It is important to note,  carpet beetles are attracted to this and can thus become a secondary problem, particularly in western Washington. Do not kill bees in a wall unless there is a way to get the brood and honey out.

Removal of an Established Colony. To remove an established colony of honey bees from a wall, one must remove the siding and other exterior structures. It is important to note, the combs and bees can be cut and brushed from the interior of the wall only if no pesticides were used! You may find a local beekeeper who would be willing to help on the project in return for the salvaged bees or honey.

Bees in Rooms. Bees in rooms of a house can be quickly disposed of with a standard household aerosol bomb, or vacuumed into a standard household or shop vacuum and then disposed of.

Where to Get Help. Local Washington State Beekeeper's Association that may be contacted for help to find an organization, see Local Beekeeper Organizations

Why is the Bee so Feared?

Brazilian or African Bees. Most cases of "bee" stings in Washington are probably due to yellowjackets or wasps and not bees. Most honey bee colonies contain a few aggressive individuals, and commercial beekeepers and pest fighters (or pest control operators) generally find at least a few "pesky" colony.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling bees, hornets, wasps and yellowjackets in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).