Some bees have started a hive underneath a plant hanging on the wall outside my rooftop apartment. It started with about two or three and as grown to about 10 of them. The bees are about 2-3 centimeters long (an inch and a half maybe) with yellow markings, and fairly placid and slow moving. When I go and pour water all over the plant they get mildly agitated but no more. Occasionally one will race out and back but thats about it.
My question: Can anyone identify these bees? Should I remove the beehive? Will they become a problem in the future? I’m not much into killing things unless they really cause a problem. The neighbors told me that one of them got stung last year by a similar bee from a hive out the back of their place and it swelled up like a balloon. Still not convinced that I need to do anything about these bees that haven’t exhibited the slightest bit of threatening behavior. Am I being stupid?
And if I really do need to get rid of the hive - current dimensions about 10 by 10 centimeters - what’s the best way to do so that won’t cause the bees to suffer? Slow death by insecticide is pretty uncool in my view.
Some suggestions have been boiling water sprayed on the hive and putting out mosquito coils until the bees leave. (that last one didn’t have much success so I gave up after a couple of coils)