Getting Rid of Bees

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Although bees are not generally aggressive like wasps, you may not want them buzzing around your home or garden. This is a page about getting rid of bees.


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August 2, 2005

I have lots of Malayan Wild Bees coming to swarm around my lights at night. They are dangerous and a nuisance because I have to switch off practically all lights just to get rid of them. They seem to love to warmth around brightness emitted from these lights. What do I do to get rid of them? FIY, at the back of my house are Natural Forests.

Thank you,
Pest killer from Singapore


By suzq (Guest Post)
August 2, 20050 found this helpful

You might try hanging the sticky fly catcher ribbons (the long ones) near your lights....they may land on them and be caught....I use them all the time for other flying works for me...

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By debbie (Guest Post)
August 3, 20050 found this helpful

also, if it's the warmth they're after, try using compact flourescent bulbs instead of regular incandescent ones. the flourescent bulbs do no give off heat because they generate light by mixing chemical gases.


the incandescent (aka: regular light bulbs) use 90% of the energy they consume to produce heat (the little filament inside the bulb gets so hot it glows...that's what produces the light)

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August 4, 20050 found this helpful

GE makes a yellow "bug bulb". I've tried them and they work. Bonnie

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By M. (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful

We use flourescent bug bulbs in the front of our house. They work well, as far as attracting a minimum of insects.

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By Bill (Guest Post)
July 21, 20070 found this helpful

Try using a rented industrial size sweeper with the hose rigged to the light pole. Attach an electrical cord that goes into your house.


When the time is right plug it in. This should rapidly reduce the number of bees. Do it each night until the problem is solved.

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March 1, 2013

How can I get rid of bees in a tree? I am interested in home remedies.

By Irene from Montclair, CA


March 4, 20130 found this helpful

Use the navigation bar on the left or the tabs at the top to find information specific to Montclair for all things gardening include pest management:

Please do not kill the bees! Bees are the vital link in the food chain, without them we all die because without them nothing is pollinated.

You could also run a search for a nearby beekeeper who would be overjoyed to come out and rescue those bees from your tree. Wild bees are especially rare nowadays but present the one true potential for saving our honey bees.

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March 4, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, I agree with frugalsunnie about not injuring the bees. They are definitely a critical part of our ecosystem and a primary pollinator.


You might also try calling your local extension office. Also if you Google Pollinator Partnership (which I believe is located in California) they can probably direct you further.

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March 4, 20130 found this helpful

We had a huge swarm of bees in a tree in our back yard. We used craig's list to find someone to remove them in return for them keeping the bees.

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March 21, 2014

All the bees here are in a big rubber garbage can. No roof or walls or hard to get places.I know there has to be a hive in it as they have been there for a couple years now. I'm too scared to move the can, but I have to get them out of my back yard. I don't want to kill them because it looks like there are tons of them in the can. I'm on Social Security and do not have the kind of money to pay an exterminator.


I do not know how to find local farmers that have their own bees. It would be such a shame to kill them. I don't believe it would be hard for anyone that wanted them just to take the whole garbage can with the bees. Can anyone help me? Thank you for your time.

By Luella

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January 23, 2018

There are several types of bees and wasps that live underground. Some are relatively mild mannered, while others, such as yellow jackets can be very aggressive. This is a page about getting rid of ground dwelling bees.

Ground Dwelling Bees

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August 25, 2017

Not all bees are the same. Bumble bees are relatively harmless, only stinging if harmed or the nest is threatened. They are very efficient pollinators and thus a necessary part of plant propagation. They tend to nest in out of the way areas of the garden and sometimes even underground (white tailed bumblebee).


Their fuzzy abdomen differentiates them from the carpenter bee with which they are sometimes confused. This is a page about getting rid of bumble bees.

A bumble bee on a flower.

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