If a honey bee nest is connected to the central air conditioning condenser that is located outside of your home, learn how to safely eliminate the bees and the nest with the following steps. The bees could pose a threat to you and your family, and the materials that the nest is made out of could damage or clog the internal parts of the condenser unit, so eliminating them as soon as possible is crucial.
Use The Following Items
- long-sleeved shirt
- mosquito net
- work gloves
- industrial strength detergent
- spray bottle
- garden shovel
- trash bag
- plastic sheeting
- scrub brush
- water hose
- wet/dry vacuum cleaner
Put On Special Clothing And Prepare The Spray
Check to make sure that the power to the air conditioning unit is off. Put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants, long socks and boots to cover your skin. Add equal amounts of industrial strength detergent and water to a spray bottle and shake the contents vigorously. Soapy water can be used as a natural pesticide that will effectively kill bees upon contact. Place a mosquito net over your head and put on a pair of work gloves before going outside.
Treat The Bees
Calmly approach the air conditioning condenser unit so that you do not aggravate the bees. Spray all visible bees with a generous amount of the soapy water. If you see the opening to the bee hive, apply the soapy water to it, as well. All of the bees will not be eliminated with the first treatment, but you will see a significant drop in the amount that are present the following day.
Sprinkle a thin layer of borax powder across the condenser unit's exterior. The borax powder will kill the bees within in a few days after they come into contact with it. If the bees ingest the powder, it will also kill them by destroying their digestive systems. Spray the bees and hive several days in a row and add more borax powder, if needed, until all of the honey bees have been eliminated.
Remove The Hive And Clean The Condenser Unit
Place plastic sheeting on the ground next to the condenser unit. Use a shovel to knock the bee hive loose from the unit so that it falls onto the sheeting. Remove small pieces of the hive that remain on the unit with soapy water and a scrub brush. Scrub the unit's surface well until all debris has been removed. Dispose of the hive and plastic sheeting. Rinse the unit off with a water hose. Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to eliminate water and debris from the unit's vents.
After the condenser unit dries, turn on the air conditioning. You will no longer need to worry about anyone coming into contact with the honey bees, or the condenser unit being susceptible to damage.
For help with getting the necessary supplies, contact a company like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies.