Bee Removal - FAQs

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

If you need help identifying your bee, wasp or stinging insect and would like more information, please read Things You Should Know About Bees, Hornets and Wasps.

Ask The Bee Hunter...

How can I remove a bee, wasp or hornet nest?

I am seeing a lot of bees on the outside of my home, should I be worried?

What should I do if I've been stung by a bee?

Removing a bee, wasp or hornets' nest without the proper equipment can be extremely painful and/or dangerous, especially if you have the potential for being allergic to bees. Ever hear the expression "madder than a hornet'?

The right equipment and protection are necessary to ensure that you will not cause harm to yourself or your family. The Bee Hunter has the necessary armor to get rid of bees and other stinging insects. As an experienced bee exterminator, I can also ensure that your safety and the safety of your family is not put at risk.

A professional bee control company can also take proper preventative measures so that the bees, wasps, or hornets do not return. Many people do not call a bee exterminator until after they have already attempted to remove a wasp nest themselves and find that the problem is not resolved or has been made even worse.

If you have a bee, wasp, hornet or stinging insect infestation, please call me, Rusty Dillon, The Bee Hunter of Mass, and I will provide a solution. You can reach me 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 simple answer is that you endanger yourself and your family if you try and treat this yourself without the proper gear. The Bee Hunter has the skills, training, knowledge and safety equipment to remove your nest. Said another way, the truck The Bee Hunter uses is full of the equipment necessary to safely remove bees, yellow jackets, and wasps from your property. The one thing you will not find on the truck is a spray can from a hardware store.

A lot of bees, wasps or yellow jackets flying around the outside of your home could mean that bees are making a home INside your home. If there are any gaps or small holes and crevices, they could be getting inside of those and nesting. Whatever you do, you should not spray bee/wasp killer and try to seal the crack, hole or crevice. You could inadvertently trap the bees inside and then they will continue to build a nest in your home. Bees are very creative and tenacious and they WILL find another way to get back outside (and back inside) your home - like through light fixtures, electric outlets, etc.

If you have a bee, wasp, hornet or stinging insect infestation, please call me, Rusty Dillon, The Bee Hunter of Mass, and I will help you find a solution. You can reach me 24/7 at 508-471-6437.

I'm seeing yellow jackets flying in an out of a hole in my yard. Is it OK to pour gasoline down the hole? I've heard that works.

No, do not pour gasoline into your yard! That will not solve the issue. Ground nests are more complicated than they seem. The tunnels leading to the nest are often very long and commercially available products (including gasoline) likely will not reach the nest.

What about filling in the hole? Won't that work?

PLEASE do not fill in the hole! If you try and fill in the hole, you will not kill the nest; the bees will just tunnel out a different way. What you will do is destroy the tunnel system the yellow jackets have created and make it much more difficult to destroy the nest. So please do not disturb the area around the opening of a ground nest. Contact me and I'll take care of the nest for you.

Bee and wasp 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 are going to take different steps to treat your bee sting. For people who are allergic to bees and who begin to suffer from anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, they will 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. The first thing you should do is to remove the stinger if there is one left on the skin. (Only honeybees will leave a stinger - hornets, wasps and yellow jackets will not.) 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. Look for signs of allergic reaction. If you know you are allergic to bees, each bee sting can be different and the symptoms can sometimes be worse than others. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may even take a day or two to fully 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.

    Taking an antihistamine may help relieve the above symptoms, 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.