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What Kills Bees and Wasps?

By Valerie Tandoi
Eliminate pesky wasps and bees from your property.
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Having a mass amount of wasps or bees in your backyard can be both annoying and dangerous. In addition to having the insects in your space while gardening or enjoying the pool, you also will have to worry about people being stung. This can especially be a concern if you are a parent with a child who is allergic to bees. There are several ways to rid your property of bees and wasps.

Insect Sprays

Insect sprays can work well to kill individual bees or wasps. Never attempt to spray an entire active hive with insect spray. If there are a few individual pests, stand back a few feet and spray each insect. There are two different kinds of insect sprays. One kind kills bees and wasps on contact. The other kind keeps the insect alive temporarily so that it can go back and spread the poison to the hive.

Natural Tricks

If you are against using insect spray or pesticides, you can attempt to kill bees and wasps with a home remedy. One common trick is to cut the top off of a soda bottle. Fill the bottom of the soda bottle with soapy water, then place the part that you cut off upside down on top of it acting as a funnel. Add a sweet substance to your funnel such as sugar or honey. Leave your homemade trap near where you have been spotting bees and see if you catch any.

Taking Down the Hive

If you want to get rid of an entire bee hive or wasp nest, it is usually best to call a professional exterminator so that you do not put yourself at risk for getting attacked by a swarm of bees. If you are going to attempt to cut down a bee hive yourself, you should always wear protective gloves, glasses or goggles and a long sleeved shirt. Wait until evening hours when the insects are less active and make sure that all children and pets are in the house.


Although there is no way of stopping nature, you can attempt to make your yard a place where bees and wasps don't want to hang out. Insects can flock to open food and drinks. Always clean up immediately after a picnic or get-together. Leaving out soda and sweets can attract bees. If you are going to plant flowers, plant them as far away as possible from where your kids play and where you do any type of outdoor dining.


About the Author


Valerie Tandoi began writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in various print and online media outlets including: "New Jersey Business Magazine," "South Jersey Mom Magazine," "ASA-Dix Newspaper," "Happy Woman Magazine" and others. She also creates print and Web content for businesses. Tandoi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Caldwell College and currently lives in New Jersey.