How to Get Rid of Bees without Killing Them

So how do we get rid of bees from our picnic tables without …getting rid of  bees completely?

We may not like bees buzzing around our food, but without them, we wouldn’t have food…

Bees and pollinators are disappearing AND if pollinators disappear, so does OUR food supply!


Painting: Colony Collapse Disorder by K. Llamas.

Proceeds from signed prints benefit the Great Seed Bomb and raising awareness to save the bees.

STEP ONE: What Kind Of Bee Do You have?

Bumble Bee: Aggressive only when threatened, prefers to nest in loose, fluffy materials and occasionally underground.
Carpenter Bee: Oval-shaped bees burrow into surface leaving perfect three-eighths inch holes. They are solitary. They don’t usually damage structural beams but nests can multiply and destroy the surrounding surface wood.

Honey Bee: Not aggressive, and highly beneficial! Their nests are heavy and produce thousands of workers.

***Honey bees are the only species where relocation is the preferred method.

Wasps (The following resemble bees but are more aggressive)

Ground Bee: Smaller species of yellow jacket. Nests are between two inches and two feet underground. They are aggressive and easily agitated.

Hornet: Builds external paper nests that are shaped like an inverted teardrop. Aggressive.

Yellow Jacket: Black and yellow-stripes and build nests similar to hornets. Can also build nests in walls slowly chew through drywall or surface wood for materials.

Wasp: Long and thin, and legs hang when in flight. Frequently colonize attics and cars, and have a painful sting.

STEP TWO: Remove Infestations

FREE Solution…..Call a Beekeeper!

Pest control’s job is usually to control or kill the population (and remember, bees are good…if you like to eat!). A better solution is to search up a local bee keeper.

  • Bee keepers are so passionate about bees that they will usually relocate them for free.
  • An experienced beekeeper can use smoke and other methods move the whole colony out and rehome them to new nests or commercial beehives. Check out some North American apiary organizations.
  • Honey bees rarely sting, but it is still a danger, so get a pro
  • If any honeycomb is left, it could encourage another colony


gerber daisy sketch flower k llamas drawingDrawing by K. Llamas

STEP THREE: Prevention

After you get rid of the bees, try to deter infestations.

  • Remove any trace of the old hive
  • Remove clutter in your yard
  • Fill any tree holes that may attract them.
  • Install screens or fill in any holes in structures

If you are able to relocate bees whenever possible, that should be the first option before extermination. Colony Collapse Disorder (the dissapearance of bees) is a real concern with pollination. Causes are linked to loss of habitat, the effects of pesticides, and other man-made challenges facing bees. Bees may be a nuissance that you want to get rid of but they are just trying to find a safe place to live. Beekeepers can offer a safe harber. And remember next time you reach for the pesticides, that bees, butterflys, and other pollinators are an essential part of our food production. If we don’t protect them, we aren’t protecting ourselves.


honey bee sketch colony collapse disorder pollinator k llamas drawingDrawing by K. Llamas

Don’t swat…Bees are our friend. Happy Pollinating to you! Save the bees!!