Bee Removal – FAQs

Specializing in the Control & Removal of Bees, Hornets, Wasps, & Yellow Jackets

If you have a question about removing bees from your home or what to do if you’ve been stung by a bee or wasp, or if you have a bee problem, my answers may be found below.

If you need help identifying your bee, wasp or stinging insect and would like more information, please read the FAQs on this site.

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How Can I Remove a Bee, Wasp or Hornet Nest?

It may be tempting to remove a bee, wasp, or hornets’ nest yourself, but try to leave this endeavor to the professionals. If you are allergic to bees and try to do it yourself, you could end up in the emergency room.

To avoid harming yourself or your family, you need to use the right equipment and protection.  The Bee Hunter has protection that will protect him from bees and other stinging insects. As an experienced bee exterminator, I can also help ensure that your safety and the safety of your family is not put at risk.

As a professional bee control company, we can also take preventative measures, so that the bees, wasps, or hornets do not return. Many homeowners make the mistake of attempting to remove a nest themselves without calling for professional help first.

If you need help with a bee, wasp, hornet or stinging insect infestation, please call me, Rusty Dillon, The Bee Hunter of Mass. I can be reached 24/7 at 508-471-6437.

Ok, I Understand That I Shouldn’t Remove The Bee Hive Myself, But The Spray I Bought At The Hardware Store Looks Pretty Easy To Use and It Says On The Can That It Kills Bees, Hornets, Yellow Jackets and Wasps. Is There a Reason That I Shouldn’t Treat This Myself?

The answer is simple. You endanger yourself and your family if you try and treat this yourself without the proper gear. We have the skills, training, knowledge and safety equipment to remove bees from your property. The Bee Hunter uses a truck full of equipment necessary to safely remove bees, yellow jackets and wasps from your property. The one thing you will not find on our truck is a spray can from a hardware store.

I Am Seeing Lots Of Bees On The Outside Of My Home, Should I Be Worried?

If you see a lot of bees, yellow jackets, or wasps flying around your home, it could mean that they are nesting inside. Bees can get into cracks and holes and build nests there, so if you see any gaps or small holes in your home’s foundation or walls, you should have them sealed. If you spray bee killer or seal the gap or hole with some other material to keep out bees, they could become trapped inside and start building their nest there. Bees are very creative and tenacious; they will find another way to get back outside (and back inside) your home through light fixtures, electric outlets, etc.

If you have bee, wasp, hornet or stinging insect problems, call me, Rusty Dillon, the bee hunter of Mass., and I’ll help you find a solution. You can reach me 24/7 at 508-471-6437.

I’m Seeing Yellow Jackets Flying In And Out Of a Hole In My Yard. Is It OK To Pour Gasoline Down The Hole? I’ve Heard That Works.

No, don’t pour gasoline over your yard! It won’t solve the problem. Ground nests can be more complicated than they seem. The tunnels leading to the nest are often long and products that are commercially available (including gasoline) likely will not reach the nest.

What About Filling In The Hole? Won’t That Work?

Do not fill in the hole. If you try to fill in the hole, you will not kill the nest; the bees will simply dig another way out. What you will do is destroy all of the tunnels that yellow jackets have created and make it much more difficult to destroy the nest. So please do not disturb the area around an opening of a ground nest. Contact me and I’ll take care of it for you.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Stung By a Bee?*

Bee stings can be very painful, or they can simply feel like a small, well, for lack of a better word…sting! Depending on your reaction, you’ll take different steps to treat your bee sting. For people who are allergic to bees and who begin to suffer from anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction), they’ll need to seek medical attention immediately (see list of symptoms). People who are allergic to bees may not be allergic to wasps and vice versa.

1. If you are stung by a bee, the first thing you should do is remove the stinger if there is one left on the skin. To remove the stinger, gently scrape it off with your fingernail. Do not try to squeeze out the stinger as that will only cause more of the bee venom to enter through the skin.

2. If you know you are allergic to bees, look for signs of an allergic reaction. Some symptoms can range from mild to severe and may take a day or two to develop, although most severe reactions occur within minutes.

Symptoms of allergic reaction can include:
– Swelling at the sting site.
– Hives and itching on other parts of the body other than the infected area.
– Breathing difficulty, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath or wheezing.

Antihistamines may help relieve symptoms like itching and swelling, but if they worsen into more severe reactions you should seek medical attention immediately.
A more severe reaction can include the following symptoms:
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
– Loss of consciousness
– Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
Anaphylaxis can be life threatening and if you experience any of the below symptoms, you should immediately seek emergency medical treatment:
– Breathing difficulty, wheezing or difficulty swallowing.
– Hives and itching on other parts of the body other than the infected area. Flushed or pale skin can also be a sign of anaphylaxis.
– Throat or tongue swelling
– A rapid pulse
– Fainting, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
– Loss of consciousness

3. Wash the area of the bee sting with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment.

4. If itching is present, apply hydrocortisone cream or take an antihistamine such as Benadryl.

5. If swelling is present, apply a cool wet washcloth or ice pack.
* Disclaimer: The prevention and first-aid advice on this website is intended to be helpful advice only. I am not a medical professional and if a bee has stung you, you should seek the counsel of a medical professional. Also, stinging insects in different geographic locations may have characteristics that differ, and you may experience different reactions than those listed.