How to Remove a Beehive from a Tree Branch

The sun is shining, and the atmosphere in your garden is buzzing… Literally! While bees are great for pollinating flowers and honey, they can also be a nuisance. A large nest hanging from a tree is unsightly and can be dangerous depending on the species.

Today, we will show you how to remove a beehive from a tree branch and offer a few tips, so all goes well.

How to Remove a Beehive from a Tree Branch (8 Steps for Success)

Ok, it’s time to show those pesky bees who’s boss!

Keep in mind, attempting to remove a beehive without the proper experience of tools can result in personal injury. We recommend calling a professional pest control service that offers bee control.

Here’s how to remove a beehive from a tree branch.

Check Your Allergies

This step has been included first as it is actually the most important thing to consider before going anywhere near an active beehive.


People can be violently allergic to the venom in a bee’s sting. Even if you have been stung before, that is no guarantee that you are safe. Allergies can develop later in life, or your body can reach a  threshold.

Anaphylactic shock is deadly serious and can prove fatal without medical treatment. If you or a family member is allergic to bee stings, removing the hive is a priority.

However, if this is the case, the best course of action is to use a professional service. If there is a doubt, then there is no doubt. 

Dress Appropriately 

Provided you are not allergic, you can give it a go!

Allergies aside, bee stings are no fun. The good news is that bees’ stingers are not very long. So, if you wear a decent amount of protection, those stings aren’t going to penetrate. Here’s a list of what to get kitted out in before tackling the hive: –

  • A thick hoodie with tight sleeves and hood up
  • A balaclava or face mask
  • A ski mask or safety eyewear
  • Thick gardening gloves
  • Long trousers
  • Thick closed-toe shoes

It is also important to note that you need to be careful when removing the clothes. Bees’ stings have a barb which may mean they are anchored to your clothing. Keep the gloves on until you have removed other items that way, you can brush away any bees.

Keep Pets Away

When bees feel under attack, they are indiscriminate. If pets are nearby, they could bear the brunt of any counter-attack. The best course of action is to ensure that any furry friends are kept inside. 

Time Your Attack

When was the last time you saw a bee at night?

Bees tend to be most active during the day. When it is cooler in the early morning, or late evening they are docile. This is the best time to try and deal with the hive.

Create a Smoke Screen

If you can safely do so, start a small fire under where the bees are residing. It doesn’t need to burn fiercely as long as it creates a lot of smoke. Smoke blocks the bees’ ability to smell. They rely on this sense to detect predators… Or people trying to remove their nest… 

Bees also have a sort of ‘alarm system’ when they feel threatened. They will release pheromones which gets the other bees in fight mode… Smoke blocks the message from getting around

Choose Your Weapon

Now here is where it can get a little tricky.

We get it. You want those bees gone! However, using chemical pesticides on bees is actually heavily regulated, and in some cases, banned.

Bees are pollinators, not just in your garden, but for various crops all over the USA. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency has limited the types of sprays and powders you can use on a bee’s hive. This can vary depending on location, severity, and the bee species you are trying to remove. So, it is worth checking.

There are plenty of homemade organic pesticides that you can use to eliminate a hive without causing ecological damage if you are conscious of protecting the environment as a whole.

If you are going to use pesticides, you will likely need to add more than one application.

Use a Bag

Once you are reliably confident that the bees are subdued, you can collect the bag in a nest. A large garbage bag is the easiest thing to use. Wrap this around the nest, then pull it from the tree before tying the neck of the bag securely. 

If you use a hessian sack, you can submerge it in water to kill all of the remaining bees.

Call in the Professionals

While the above will work, it is a precarious position to be in. 

Being high above the ground on a ladder while a swarm of angry bees fights to protect their hive is not a fun experience. 

Most professional pest control services have a great deal of practice in removing beehives. They can often do so ethically without harming the bees too! If any of the above seems daunting or is too much trouble, it is worth contacting a company for a free quote.

How Long do Bees Stay After a Hive is Removed?

Unless you are incredibly lucky, there will be bees out of the nest while you removed it. They will return to the site of the nest, whether it is there or not. These straggler bees will tend to linger for a few hours before finally getting the message and buzzing off elsewhere.

The process might not be instantaneous. Some stragglers will stay around the area for days. This can be irritating. There are a few ways to address this problem. As we said, early morning or late evening can be the best time, as this reduces the likelihood of bees being ‘out’ when you remove the nest.


Now that you know how to remove a beehive from a tree branch safely, you may want to call a professional for help.

Removing a beehive from a tree branch can be a tricky process. High ladders, buzzing bees, and the possibility of being stung can make it an unattractive proposition. The easiest answer is to speak to a company that knows what they are doing. Facility Pest Control has lots of experience in removing nests safely and effectively.