July 19, 2017

Natural ways to get rid of bees in your residential garage

Busy Bee

Bees do important work for the earth, but they can be troublesome if you find them in your residential garage. They quickly become pests and dangerous threats when they take up home at your home, but there are many ways you can keep them at bay naturally so you can enjoy your garage, home and yard without fear of getting stung.

Step one: locate the hive

Bees tend to make their nests in plants, awnings, roof corners and flowers. If you see many buzzing around your garage or yard, check these spots first.

Step two: identify the bees

Are you dealing with wasps, or bees? There’s a differences, and wasps are far more dangerous. They will also require different methods of removal.

Step three: call a beekeeper!

Bees are vital to our ecosystem and are threatened worldwide, so try to connect with a local beekeeper in your area if possible. These folks make a living providing a safe home for bees and selling honey, and they’d would very likely be able to remove your nest in a safe way without harming the bees, your home or your garden.

Step four: try natural removal methods

If you can’t connect with a beekeeper, or if the bees are creating a safety hazard in your residential garage, yard or home, try these methods to remove them naturally.

Spray vinegar mix

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Spray the nest (carefully!) at night, when bees are likely sleeping. Just in case, wear protective gloves, a long‑sleeved shirt and pants. Also spray the areas where bees like to congregate, like plants, bushes and flowers. Spray daily until you see a decrease in activity.

Mothballs

These pungent balls don’t just repel moths — they also work on bees! Toss a few in an old pair of pantyhose or a thin sock, then hang close to the bee nest.

Soda pop

Cut a two‑liter bottle of Mountain Dew or another sweet soda pop in half, then place it near the bee nest or on the ground in your garage, patio or garden. The bees will love the scent, come check it out and eventually succumb to the soda in the bottle.

If none of these methods work, enlist the help of a professional to get the bees to buzz off! For the sake of the environment and your family’s health, ask the pro to use organic materials instead of pesticides so you can all enjoy your garage, yard and home safely.

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