6 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Bees Naturally in Minnesota


Most of us are aware of the important 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 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


Normally 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 we and other mammals 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


  • 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 important 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 be more aggressive include a lack of flowers in the area to pollinate; 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


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 bee hive 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. Bee Repelling 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 stop bees from even stopping there. Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus plants are good bee repelling plants and easy to grow.

When To Call In a Professional


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 important to you. We also understand that bees are very important to the earth and do an amazing 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 removal is what we’re all about and we would be happy to help you.

35 Replies to “6 Effective Ways 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. 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!

  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.

  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?

  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

  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.

  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 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.

  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

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