Posted on: 31 March 2015
If you have some bees making a hive around your home in a spot you don't like, instead of killing the beehive, you can encourage the bees to move their home. Since bees are so important to our ecosystem, it is better to get them to move than to kill them. Here are a few ways you can encourage the bees on your property to make their home elsewhere.
Take Away Their Building Supplies
Like most living things, bees make their homes where resources are abundant. Most bees look for items such as organic debris when they make their homes. They are also looking for flat surfaces to build their homes.
They love to make hives where there are little holes in your siding. This gives them the room they need to anchor in their nests.
Bees also prefer untreated wood. They are not as attracted to wood that has been treated or painted. If you have any wood around your house that is not treated or painted, look into changing that. By simply painting and treating all the wood around your house, your bee population will move out.
Every spring, go around the outside of your house and apply caulking to all the exterior holes. This will make it harder for the bees to create hives under your eaves. Get rid of any excess debris around your house, and don't leave untreated wood lying around where they could create a hive.
Remove Their Food Sources
Bees do not just look for building supplies when they create a next, they also look for food supplies. Bees need food and water in order to live. You will notice that most bee hives are located close to a source of water.
That source of water could be as simple as a hose that drips all spring and summer, or an outside water bowl for your animals. Fix your house so that it doesn't drip, and try to leave water bowls for your animals somewhere where it is hard for the bees to get to, like inside your garage. Take steps to eliminate other sources of sitting water around your house.
Add Smells They Don't Like
Most bees are not particularly fond of the smell of mothballs. If you really want to discourage bees from building hives on or near your home, put out some mothballs. You can hang them up in pantyhose or socks and place them discretely around the outside of your house.
Bees also do not love the smell of garlic. Don't worry; you don't have to go rubbing garlic cloves all around your house. You can just plant some garlic plants near your house, and that should be enough to keep some of the bees away.
By taking some time to remove the building supply and food sources that the bees around your house depend up, and by adding in a few smells they can't stand, you should curb your bee problem this spring before it even begins. Contact a pest control company for more information.