Prevention and control

You run the greatest risk of being stung by bees when you are near their hive. If you are allergic to bee venom, it makes sense to stay away from the hives. It is also a good idea to avoid walking barefoot in flowering clover meadows or among other flowers that the bees are attracted to. Honeybees are useful animals. Not only because they collect honey, but especially because they pollinate many important crops. However, it is legal – and reasonable – to fight colonies that have settled in unacceptable parts of a house and no beekeeper wants to collect it. A thorough, repeated dusting of the hive entrance with an insect powder will quickly kill the colony.

It is important to close the hive entrance thoroughly after the eradication, and remove beeswax and honey; otherwise it will tempt other swarms to settle in the same place. Do not close the hive entrance while there are still live bees inside. It will just force the bees to find other entrance holes – often inside the house.

Rules on beekeeping. It is legal to keep bees in the garden. The apiaries should be placed at least 6.5 meters from a public road. If the beekeeping is bothering neighbors, it may be prohibited or restricted according to The Working Environment Act of Denmark.

Who can help? Danish Beekeepers’ Association maintains a list of beekeepers that are interested in retrieving swarms of bees. You will find the list by visiting our website www.biavl.dk .The list is sorted by the beekeeper’s zip codes, and there are phone numbers you can call. Access to the list is free. The list can also provide information about who to call for help with a wasp nest. These, however, demand payment.