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You can remove a small bee or wasps' nest safely without killing the bees or wasps. Unelss you feel totally confident do not attempt this procedure. Cover yourself head to foot wearing long sleeve shirt and long trousers or jeans and boots. For added protection cover yourself with loose fine meshed netting and wear a wide brim hat and thick leather gloves to protect your face, ears, neck and hands. Use tape around your wrist to stop them flying in through your arm holes. Wait until dusk when they are at their most docile. You can pick up the nest from its attached point or take the whole branch with a pair of long nose pliers, you can capture the nest inside a plastic bag or large jar to remove and transport the nest to a new location. Just leave the nest in a tree or bush and slowly walk away. The bees or wasps will find their own way to reattaching the nest. Hornets are more aggressive than bees or wasps so without a proper beekeepers outfit it is unwise to try to move a hornet's nest. Otherwise just kill the nest by spraying it with WD40 and remove it when they have died.
Several years there was a Bald Faced Hornet grey paper "death star" nest each year in the Magnolia at the back of my garden. I was never stung, however I was given a warning shot twice, probably by a rookie (hit on the head by the insect itself, which warns and "marks" you so the others know who to attack if necessary) They are not aggressive (if you don't bother them) and are ferocious efficient predators. One year the nest was only 8 ft up, 10 ft back from the garden. They patrol & monitor your activity (even remind me of cops-their eyes look like aviator shades!) seemed to recognize me after a while. I just moved slow, close to the ground and quietly said "Long live the queen" when I saw them. As long as their queen wasn't threatened, they let me work. I read if they are attacked the entire regiment will give chase up to 1/4 mile.
We have red paper wasps that have made our porch their home and they are super chill. We've never had a problem with them, I think the only time that came close was when a couple were flying around me a lot ( normally they don't even acknowledge our presence) then we realized they had made a nest on the back of the chair I was in and I was LITERALLY TOUCHING IT!!! I have a garden that ranges from potted items on the porch to a couple herb gardens, a berry patch and a little wildflower garden so I really appreciate what they do for the garden and I like to think they appreciate me too ☺️
Bees (and wasps and hornets, of course) are beneficial but their population has been drastically decreasing these years due to urbanization. This is harmful for the global crop production too as honeybees are responsible for almost one third of the world's food production. If applicable, I would suggest you to contact the bee savers or related organizations near by that help to relocate the bees, rather than kill them yourself (it is safer, too)
Bee's stings are an "acid" but, conversely, Wasps' stings are a "base" so,(aside from someone who gets stung AND has a known sever reaction to stings, in which case they require immediate expert medical care) treatment differs in that you must neutralize the respective sting. Bees' stings, being an acid composition, requires the addition of a "base" to neutralize the pain (ie. baking soda mixed with a tad of water to make a paste); conversely, Wasps' stings are a "base" thus it requires the addition of an "acid" (ie.vinegar, lemon juice, pickles) to neutralize the pain the recipient of the sting will be experiencing. ....excerpt from a basic first aid manual.
I think the Bumblebee is the most whimsical and I believe it’s the type that “Babbs” sung about her good omen...
Ground wasps built a nest by my tomato and basil garden! I was stung multiple times. I didn't want to use pesticides, and read lemon extract (lots) kills the nest. Didn't work. Then made boiling soapy water and poured that down the nest, filled it in, covered with a rock. Put many lemon peels around the garden; an apparent deterrent. They didn't return this year!
Could you be talking about a news bee aka hoverfly? We often see them buzzing around and hovering in NC. Folklore has it if one stops and hovers in your face he is bringing you some news, "good or bad".
My grandmother told me that when I was young, she called them “News Bees”. I see them all the time in the summer in N.C.