Sometimes it necessary to kill honeybees, particularly now that Africanized Honeybees (AHB) are in the Southern tier of states.
The safest way to kill a swarm or cloud of honeybees is with very warm water, detergent, and a pressure sprayer, the same way professionals kill bees when a tractor trailer of migratory bee hives overturns or a colony of Africanized bees is encountered.
VERY WARM WATER
Most of the pressure sprayers on the market have plastic components, so using boiling water is not advisable. The hottest tap water you can manage is sufficient for this purpose.
Any type of grease cutting detergent (not soap!) will work - laundry detergent, automotive degreaser, etc.
A pressure sprayer is used to give yourself some room from the colony by being able to spray up to 20 feet away.
WHY IT WORKS
Honeybees have exoskeletons, hard plates on their bodies which must move into or against another plate, as opposed to skin as we have. To keep the plates supple, they are coated with a waxy substance that keeps moisture in the bee and literally prevents the bee from bleeding to death. The spray of hot detergent water knocks any bees out of the air, as it saturates their wings and body, so they can no longer fly. It also quickly cuts through the waxy coating, thus all the plate joints "leak" bodily fluids and the bees die quickly.
Call a beekeeper. They'll gladly come get them as believe it or not, bees are in very short supply. No bees = no pollination or honey.
quote:Fairly certain that's not true but in cases of safety, destruction of property, etc. I know it can be done.
Heard it was against the law to just kill a swarm of honey bees, true?
so I got the beekeeper's phone number from the label on the jar. I called him up and he came and got the hive
beelieve you me that you need to bee really careful cause its beewildering how deadly them bees can bee.