6 Methods to Get Rid of Bees Naturally in Minnesota


Most of us are aware of the vital job that bees do for the planet, but having bees around our homes can present a bit of danger since they sting. Then there is the problem of how to get rid of bees and their hives without using toxins.

Learning how to get rid of bees naturally can come in quite handy for those who want to get out there and tackle the problem themselves. Below, we are going to talk about why we should find ways to remove bees without killing them, why we should remove bees from around our homes, and six ways to get rid of bees naturally. It’s time to learn how to remove bees so that you can enjoy your yard and home without worry about getting stung.

Bees Are Important

A bee pollinating a purple flower with a yellow center.

Usually, when we think of bees, we don’t think about them in a good way. The first thought that comes to mind is being stung. We understand that. Bee stings not only hurt us but also kill the bees. But let’s not forget that bees are vital to our planet.

Bees are responsible for a lot of the food other mammals and humans eat. Yes, there are other methods of pollination, but bees are responsible for about one-sixth of the pollination that occurs, and they pollinate a number of agricultural plant types, i.e., our food.

Also Read: Bee and Wasp Control

The very work of pollination is a wonderfully natural way to maintain our system of food production. We already hear of food shortages and people starving. This problem would be accelerated if there was a decrease in bees.

So do we need bees? Yes. But there are times when we need to be wary of bees.

Why Should You Get Rid of Bees

A large wasp nest in a tree. Wasps are a type of bee you should considering removing.

    • Allergies to bees: There are people with allergies to bees so severe that they could die from a simple bee sting. If there is someone in your family with a bee allergy, it is essential to do what you can to make sure there are no bees around your home. Learning how to get rid of bees is a piece of knowledge that can save them a visit to the emergency room–or even save their life.
    • Bee Stings: Most of us have been stung by a bee at least once in our lives. We can all agree that bee stings hurt. If you have a bee nest or hive near your home, the chance of bee stings greatly increases for you and your family. Some bee stings are worse than others, and sometimes the location of the nest, like in the ground, can increase the chance of multiple bee stings for your children or pets, which may be out playing in the yard.
    • Aggressive Bees: Bees can be bad enough when they aren’t feeling aggressive, but sometimes they can amp up and go on the offensive. The reasons why they can become more aggressive include a lack of flowers in the area to pollinate. Other stressors are hot weather and feeling a need to protect their nest. The possibility of dealing with bee aggression is an excellent reason to look for ways to get rid of them from your home.

How To Get Rid of Bees: Home Remedies

A beekeeper moving a bee colony.

There are numerous ways to get rid of bees naturally. Some of these methods are safe for the environment but kill the bees, while others are safe for both the bees and the environment. Below are six ways to get rid of bees.

  1. Call a Beekeeper: If you live in an area where you can find a beekeeper, this is an amazing first choice. Beekeepers are professionals when it comes to working with bees. A beekeeper would more than likely love to take the beehive and take care of the bees and keep them alive.
  2. Soda: Bees love sweet liquids. This method involves cutting a soda bottle or can in half and filling it up with a very sweet soda, then placing it in an area where you have noticed a lot of bees. The bees will be attracted to the soda and come to drink it. Note, this method is environmentally friendly but will kill the bees as they will eventually drown in the soda.
  3. Moth Balls: There are some smells that bees don’t like and mothballs are one of them. To use mothballs, hang them near the bee nest or nests, and eventually, the smell will deter the bees from coming back. You can also hang mothballs in different places around your yard to keep your entire yard bee-free.
  4. Vinegar Spray Solution: Vinegar spray is a great natural way to get the bee out of your yard, as well as simple to make and use. Just mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, shake and the mixture on the nest when the bees are sleeping, at night, as well as around plants where you tend to see a lot of bees. This mixture will kill the bees, so make sure you remove all of the dead bees.
  5. Cinnamon: If you find a hive and want the bees to relocate without killing them, consider sprinkling cinnamon around their hive every day for about a week. The smell will send the bees looking for a place to relocate.
  6. Repel Bees Using Plants: A great way to keep bees out of your yard without having to remove them or kill them is to plant bee repelling plants around your home. Having these plants around your home should prevent bees from even stopping there. Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus plants are good bee repelling plants and easy to grow. If you’re not much of a gardener, try citronella candles to help repel many types of bees.

When To Call In a Professional

A pest control specialist teaching a customer the best way for how to get rid of bees naturally.

There are going to be times when calling a professional will be your best option, even if you are comfortable attempting to get rid of the bees yourself. Bees can make nests in tricky spots like the ground, in the siding of your home, and other hard-to-reach areas. This is what professionals do for a living, so tap into their expertise.

We understand that getting the bees away from your home is essential to you. We also understand that bees are crucial to the earth and do a fantastic job at helping provide food and beauty to the planet. Finding a way to keep your family and the bees safe is a top priority for Environment Pest Management as it is for you.

If you would like more information about bee removal in Minnesota, give us a call. Pest control is what we’re all about, and we would be happy to help you.

88 Replies to “6 Methods to Get Rid of Bees Naturally in Minnesota”

  1. Thank you for your tip to call a beekeeper. Last week I discovered a beehive in my tree in my backyard and my son is allergic to them so they have to go. I will make sure to look up if there are any beekeepers in my area that would be willing to remove them from my home.

  2. There are a number sage plants along with Russian time, oregano…
    Are there herbs and spice plants that will keep bees at “Bay” in outdoor garden rooms?

      1. Help .need to get bees from next in my cavity wall .they are honey bees.I am asthmatic and allergic to pestesides.bees are getting in side my home.

    1. Bees love sage and thyme!
      Why would you want to “keep at bay” the very creatures that keep the planet running!
      If you don’t want bees in your garden, don’t plant flowering plants!

      1. Bees moved into a chipmunk hole right in front of our porch where my preschooler plays. After two stings, we are scared to sit on our porch. Thank you for advocating for the bees, but, there are circumstances where they need to be “kept at bay”. We are trying cinnamon and hoping this prompts them to move.

        1. Ask on Facebook for a lo ccx al beekeeper, many of them ar ees more than happy to remove them for free, adds to their population. My husband is allergic and we have a guy here right now trying to get them al

      2. Unfortunately the bees are stinging my apples after they start to grow, rotting them from the inside out.
        I am trying to figure out a way to get them away from my apple tree after the apples are starting to grow!!

        1. Bees stinging apples? Bees only sting when they are mad at someone, to protect their family. They know they will die. They are not going to waste their time stinging apples. Wasps fly’s and different kind of animals that look like bees chew on apples, to lay eggs or just for food. Wasps are already known for chewing on all kinds of fruits to drink the (rotting) juice and let them rot. Many people do not really know what bees are exactly, but they only eat sugar, nectar and pollen.

          1. Bees dont know they will die. They just happen to die when stinging a mamel because the stinger get stuck and rips out their guts. They can sting other threats withouth dying.

        2. What you are observing is an infestation of coddling moth which lays its eggs on the apples and the larvae tunnel into the apple before the next generation emerges and takes flight.

      3. aDub
        Because they are a nuisance, flowers are not. They are also dangerous to those who are allergic plus they dominate the hummingbird feeders. In my yard I have both, flowers and hummingbirds (who also pollinate). and hundreds of. bees. I use a solution of super thick water and sugar in a large tub each day to rid my yard of them. The bees are attracted to it and once in the solution they are doomed. It’s too sticky to escape.

        1. Honey bees are endangered, and they’re a gardener’s friend. I can’t believe you actually thinking attracting them then killing them is a valid suggestion.

          1. Honey bees are not endangered. And they are competitors for the native bees. I personally do not like them on my native plants. However, I do appreciate them where they are needed, such as pollinating almonds, etc.

      4. What a fucking moron. Bee’s sting people and they all need to be exterminated. To me, every bee is a threat and is dead when my eyes are locked on it. Can’t trust those fuckers.

  3. I am relocating 10 plants that attract bees but I temporarily need to get bees away from the area to complete the job.

    Any suggestions?


    1. Do it on a wet day, when they are no longer in flower, or at dusk.
      The reality is that the bees have no interest in you.

  4. I have honey bee’s living under the floor of my porch. 2 people have been stung. It is now the end of October where I live and getting colder. Have not seen the bee’s of late but know they are still there, maybe hibernating. I have small grandchildren and am on a fixed income so don’t think I can afford a bee keeper to come. Don’t want them destroyed, what can I do if they are now sleeping?

    1. As mentioned call a bee keeper, but you will need to open up the porch to access the bees. I would never suggest that a beekeeper (unless he is in the trade) should undertake any construction or deconstruction work as they are not insured!
      However this best done in the spring, not through the winter.

      You may wish to know that honey bees do not hibernate; that is why they make honey, to feed on through the winter.

      Another, offbeat option, is to build something to cause the bees to fly above head height.

    2. What I did was hang a package of mothballs (the old fashioned ones) near the area. They were gone in about three days. You don’t want to kill them, rather make it uncomfortable to be in the area.

    3. 1 st thing to do is You people need to tell what area of the world / country / state you are in.
      Bee Keepers in your area may (most do) remove the bees for the bees.
      But how they going to know if they are close to you?
      Call your County Extension Office they can tell you if there is a Bee Keeping Group in your area.

      1. Well, since the name of the article specifically references Minnesota, I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and say, Minnesota.

    4. Some bee keepers do not charge and are happy to get the bees. If they are under porch and easy to locate, this may be the case. I would locate some bee keepers.

    5. A good beekeeper probably would not charge you a thing, it the hive is easy t o get to under the porch. If you purchase a package of bees, you’re looking at around $125. So to the beekeeper, it’s worth it to do it for free. If there is a lot of effort to get to the hive, like taking apart siding or cutting up a tree, that may be a different story.

  5. I really appreciate the help our business is in a State park and we serve a lot of sweets so it is a challenge to do it naturally.
    Aloha from Diamond Head State Park

  6. I have a swarm of bees in my backyard I have sprayed them with Vinegar and water but they are still swarming around what do I do to get rid of them?

    1. A beekeeper would have loved to relocate these bees instead of having them needlessly killed by someone who doesn’t understand their value and their function for food production. A cluster of bees in a tree is docile. They do not have a home or honey to defend. A beekeeper can easily catch them by placing lemongrass oil in a box nearby or shaking them right into a hive if they are on a branch. I wish the owners of this site would not lump honeybees in with wasps and ground hornets. They are not the same! Honeybees are rarely aggressive and need not be feared or killed!

        1. I have honey bees going in and out of a small hole in my house’s front eave, for 5 or 6 mos. I am a retired senior citizen, I live alone , and do not need to add the cost of hiring someone to rid my home of these bees, (to my fixed monthly budget). Once I called a number of one listed as a beekeeper, requesting he remove them for himself…, bottom line, he came, but he would charge a minimum of $400.00 to remove and take the bees, and their hive. I tried spraying different sprays…I appreciate any to rid my house…free???

  7. We r in Costa Rica and have a house that is empty a lot of the time. We keep having bees come back over and over. They were all inside our bathroom wall and the side wall there were so many and apparently bee keepers are few and far between here in San juanillo. So the fire department the bombelaros come and get them out but they spray and tear out walls

    The spray they used last time keeps on killing but they still come back. We r in a 2 story home that the height is hard to get to from the outside. Currently they are building a nest in our window and we think they are in the wall again as well. Don’t have any bee repelling plants and there is too much distance between where they go and the plants would be. I don’t know if I can get cinniman close enough

    1. I have double story house and on second floor I can see bees going in between outer brick wall and inner fibro bedroom wall. A small hole is near aluminium window.A pest control man some spray but does not see any effect. Can you help. I am in Australia.

  8. Wait until after dark, bees are in nest. Just before daylight place a vacum hose near entrance to nest. Turn on vacum. W stick tap on next exit. Vacum will do the dirty work.

  9. I have a hive of aggressive bees 20’ up in a hollow tree trunk. I have called some beekeepers but they all say they can’t capture bees that high in a tree. I don’t like the idea of killing them but they attacked my husband while he was mowing the lawn, one stung me recently without being provoked and my grandson is allergic to bee venom. Can you suggest a practical way to get them to leave or, if it comes to it, to kill them. Thank you.

    1. Why would you want to get rid of bees in your garden? They are essential to pollinating 70% of our food production. Read about the amazing honeybee and you may change your mind.

  10. I have over a 100 bee nests in the ground of my back yard. They come back each year (it started 4 to 6 years ago) but each time there are more and more. We also have wasps and carpenter bees. My 3 year old is terrified because he was stinged by a yellow jacket when he was 2 years old. We have hired companies who came and spray but that has never fixed the problem. We understand we should not kill bees and they are protected, but we are at a lost. We have bought sprinkles and keep the water running while my child plays and that keeps them away. I can provide pictures or video if necessary to get the best advice possible of what to do with the situation. Thank you

        1. I would start with asking your local Extension office or Department of Natural Resources office if they can direct you to a local beekeeeper or beekeeping club. Where I live in MI, our club has a Facebook page and many beekeepers who would be willing to catch a swarm or remove unwanted honeybees from someone’s property.

    1. I have exactly the same problem. It is unsightly to see so many and more each year. Time to rid my lawn.

    2. If yo have cats or dogs I don’t recommend this, but just use the remedy of moth balls above. All you do is buy a package and spread them around the yard in the back. They are not really animal friendly but they do the trick. The bees will start slowing down and just not settle in the area as much. You can even put up a perimeter, so to speak, around the whole yard. Snakes are deterred like this as seen on YouTube with little money spent. There is a guy in YouTube that just throws them around the yard and says they snakes just don’t come around.

      1. I hate to smell fabric softener and so do bees. Equal parts vinegar and scented fabric softener in a squirt bottle. Stand back. Ij

    3. Usually when you have 100 or more bee holes in the ground you are seeing miner bees. They are great pollinators, and have small nests with few eggs/brood. The stingers are generally not able to penetrate human skin. They aerate our yard and the grass grows great as a result. I used to be afraid of them and tried to kill them before learning more about them. They are usually present in the spring and early summer and then not seen later on. Leave them alone and enjoy the pollinating services they provide!

    4. I have the same problem in my front yard in WI. There are pencil size holes all over the yard and flower beds that the bees go in and out of and they multiply each year. I have identified them as Two-spotted Long-horned Bees. They’re not aggressive I just want them gone. Any ideas how to get them to move along.

  11. There are 20 or so bees struck in my window pane. It is a double layered window. I can’t open the window from inside as then they will fill ny room. They window might be slightly open from outside, which is causing the bees to get struck and they can’t find their way back. What can I do?

  12. I noticed bees flying into the ridges along the soffit of my metal roof?
    Can I get them out without destroying them or just spray the vinegar water mixture since I don’t know how long or how many are up there?
    Thank you

  13. My wife and I are in a very desperate need of a solution on a infestation of bees. They have come back 2 years in a row 2019 and 2020. Both times in HUGE swarms and we had apro come out and kill them (NOT HONEY BEES). The built a huge hive under our Tuff Shed. The pro said they will keep commin back unless we cut the floor out aa]nd get rid of it and put a new one in. That would cost 600 dollars to cot then more to get wood to treat and put one in. Money I do not have. This is a $3000 shed. They are getting in through the holes in the rails the shed sits on and a tunnel a dog made digging. I was told that even if I filled them in the bees will dig back in. Is this true ? I need desperate help here. I am handicap and cannot do this alone.

    We live in AZ and it is now in the 100s +

  14. I’ve noticed bees flying in/out around a hedge near front porch. I’ve investigated and noticed a small hole/entrance where they go in and out under some pine straw and leaves in the ground. How can I get rid of them??

  15. I’ve noticed bees flying in/out around a hedge near front porch. I’ve investigated and noticed a small hole/entrance where they go in and out under some pine straw and leaves in the ground. How can I get rid of them??

    1. I had ground wasps in my yard! They were very aggressive. I waited until nightime and poured vinegar and hot water down the hole. It got rid of them

  16. We have bees living between a gutter & brick wall along our driveway. They aren’t real aggressive but my husband has randomly been stung & occasionally we have to get in our car on the passenger side. Tonight I tried dousing the entry point along the gutter with vinegar & then sprayed foam insulation along the crack going down the gutter…. HOPE THIS WORKS 🙏🙏🤞🤞

  17. I have a bee problem. I notice them getting inside the room. I assume they are building a nest on a ceiling, and use tiny ceiling cracks to get inside the house. I live in a double storey flat where I cant reach them. Please help how do I repel them to leave my house.

  18. Do not kill bees. I am searching them for years, and find them very important. I can’t believe someone just killing a hive…
    cal beekeepers. they want new hives, and his effort is mostly free, because a hive can cost hundreds of dollars. Imagine killing that…
    I can understand that if you don’t have insurance, you dont want to break your wall open. But bees can be forced out by blowing smoke in the hole.

    1. Ok so my bf called a beekeeper n he came n hada look just to say ” I can’t do anything since it’s protected”.. What does he mean by that? Can it still be removed using other methods mentioned above?

  19. We have a honey bee farm about 500 m from our house and pool which is very close to Ottawa, Ontario. Honey bees have come to infest our pool deck and surrounding area. The honey bee farmer says that there is nothing that can be done as the bees know our place to be the source of water. We are currently in a bit of a drought too. How do I put the moth balls or cinnamon out without getting it wet when the pool is in use?

  20. I have honey bees coming into my house in a crack where one part comes together with another part of the house so basically where there is the “L”. My house is solid brick. They first came about five years ago and then left just as suddenly as they showed up but they showed up again last week. We have tried sealing the crack but they just go right through it. I do not want to kill them because I know how important they are to the environment, but I can’t have the honey being deposited in my home. Any suggestions on how to rehome them?

    Thank you.

    1. Roughly the same thing happened to me. At the corner of my brick house honey bees got in and are nesting in the wall and floor of my bedroom and they chewed a hole through the ceiling of my living room below. I closed up the hole and eventually they left. I also tried to caulk up the brick on the outside. They were gone for probably about 8 years and as of yesterday, they are back. I am in Georgia. I worry that to do a proper job, the floor and possibly wall inside needs to be torn out. I’m not happy about that at all.

  21. Many bee keepers do not charge and are happy to get the bees for new home for honey. If they are under porch and easy to locate, this may be the case. I would locate some bee keepers. jopestkil.com

  22. I have a bee nest in my lower level storage room. its about the size of a basketball and they come in through a small hole that our TV cable comes through. how do I get rid of them

  23. Thanks for the tips my i already called 2 beekeeper in my area they are but it seems they are not interested in helping this means I will have to use the killing method if which it breaks my heart..

  24. I have Honey bees entering my hot tub where the 2 half’s of the hot tub cover meet. I’ve placed the old fashion type bags of Mothballs on each side. Its definitely has made a difference. 3 days in so far, no bees in the tub. I like the fact that its not killing them

  25. Bees getting in badly pointed brick,high up on my houes.they are getting in to my home threw cracks in stairs ,skirting walls ECT buzzing inside windows.HELP!!!! I’m am asthmatic and pesticides bring on bad asthma.tried local bee keepers but they say they cannot help if they are in cavity wall.thinking of moving 😭😭😭😭😭😭

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