Killing Bees – But Relocating Them is So Much Better

Dead Honey Bees

Sadly, there are countless individuals that view bees as pests when in fact these insects are anything but. In reality, bees are an absolutely essential part of the ecosystem, without which the survival of the human race would be severely affected. Bees are important pollinators and along with other insects and birds pollinate around ninety percent of the world’s plant species. Some plants, such as the bee orchid, are pollinated exclusively by bees while others, including blueberry and cherry, rely heavily on bees for survival. It is incumbent upon all of us then to think very carefully before killing bees.

Is it Illegal to Kill Bees?

In the U.S., many states have introduced laws to protect bees; however, they have not made it illegal to kill them. Nevertheless, the use of certain pesticides, such as Ultor and Movento, to kill bees would be deemed illegal.  

If a colony of bees has made its home in or around your property, you might be forgiven for wanting the nest removed. Nonetheless, this is not something you should ever try to undertake yourself. It is far better to call a local pest control company to deal with the unwanted bees. Trying to get rid of bees yourself can be dangerous as bees can and will attack in a group if they feel that their home is being threatened.

Pest control companies will typically try to remove the bees safely without harming them; they would only usually consider killing the bees as a very last resort.

How Do Exterminators Get Rid of Bees?

Pest control companies can quickly identify the species of bee they are dealing with based on the appearance of the bees in question and where they have built their nest. In some instances, you may be advised to leave the bees where they are, particularly if the nest is not too close to your home. Bees such as honey bees and bumble bees are important pollinators, and they are currently in decline all over the world. If at all possible, it would be much better to leave a colony of these species alone.

However, if you or someone within your family is allergic to bee stings, or if you are dealing with a nest of carpenter bees, then have them removed by a pest control company.

Carpenter bees can cause damage to wooden structures by drilling holes into the wood. An exterminator would typically inject an FDA-approved chemical treatment into the bored holes to eradicate the bees. Nevertheless, it may be necessary to repeat this process a number of times as any eggs that have been laid within the holes can still hatch.

If a nest of honeybees needs to be removed, a pest control company will likely get in touch with a local beekeeper who can come and potentially relocate the bees. This is always the best possible solution.

Beekeeper at Hive

When to Call in the Exterminator

If you see a swarm of bees hanging from a tree branch on your property, do not panic. It can be disconcerting to see so many bees in one place, but it is likely that the swarm is hanging around while scout bees are searching for a new place to set up home. They will usually move on after a day or two.

Nonetheless, if you notice bees flying in and out of a structure such as outbuilding or the roof of your home, you can assume that they have already started to make their nest. In this case, it may be wise to get in touch with the exterminators/pest controllers.

How to Deter Bees

If you are worried about bees building a nest in and around your home, there are some things that you can do to prevent this from happening. Some plants can act as bee deterrents, including basil, citronella, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Planting these in pots near to your porch may keep bees away from your home.


Killing bees is not illegal although using banned chemicals to do so is not permitted by federal law. If you want to get rid of bees from your home or property, it is not advisable to try to do this yourself. Bees that are threatened can attack.

It is also important to remember that bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and without them many plants would most certainly die. Exterminators will only kill bees if these cannot be safely removed and relocated.


Anthony is a content creator by profession but beekeeping is one of his great passions.

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