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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.

DETERGENT

Any type of grease cutting detergent (not soap!) will work - laundry detergent, automotive degreaser, etc.



 

PRESSURE SPRAYER

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.
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jeff5891
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
and they don't sting at night... oh wait...


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wickowick
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thus all the plate joints "leak" bodily fluids and the bees die quickly.


Sounds messy...


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Shop-Vac is the correct answer


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34venture
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
Eh, he probably doesn't have time to go over there.


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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
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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.


ckly
This, native honey bees are quickly disappearing.


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QuietTiger
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
Heard it was against the law to just kill a swarm of honey bees, true?


Tigris
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Call a beekeeper.


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Geauxtiga
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
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Heard it was against the law to just kill a swarm of honey bees, true?
Fairly certain that's not true but in cases of safety, destruction of property, etc. I know it can be done.




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CoastieGM
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
I ran into that situation a couple times the last 8 years in Texas. My barber shop sells local grown honey, 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 (was inside a 55 gal drum).

The other hive a few years later was up high in the peak of my roof eave, so he couldn't get them. I had to call a bee removal guy who sprayed them with pyrethrum...took two applications a couple weeks apart. Seemed like such a waste.


jeff5891
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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

Couldn't do that in this situation since the hive was 15ft inside the wall of the apt building. I had to kill them. They got in the wall from the exhaust whole for the bathroom vent. something like that. They were able to get into my apt because of some tiny crack in the wall by the window. At least that is what the maintanence man said though i dont believe him bc the bees, after being sprayed, arent going to fly out of the whole and then into my room through the crack in the window. The whole had to have connected to the air condition vent. Though i do believe that crack in the wall by the window caused a wildew buildup on the window ledge.

Prayers sent


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Chad504boy
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beelieve you me that you need to bee really careful cause its beewildering how deadly them bees can bee.


jeff5891
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re: whats the best spray for killing a hive of bees? (update page 2)
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beelieve you me that you need to bee really careful cause its beewildering how deadly them bees can bee.


I'm pretty sure I never gave you permission to post in this thread chad


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Hire a bee assassin.


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