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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Honey Bees... feeling like I should be singing a Winney the Pooh song at this point. I'm working on one of our properties this week, and it has been a better experience than the other one I used to help out. Today I come in to a message that we have a bee problem in one of the trees. So when the exterminator came in today, we told him about it. He said that they were honey bees, so we couldn't exterminate them. Very interesting little delimma I've got working here. I have spoken to two beekeepers, one of whom is trying to help me find a good home for them, and one of which has told me to leave them alone and they will find a home on their own. Despite the fact that it looks like they've started to set up house in my tree, they are actually a football-sized SWARM of bees, which means that there are probably 15,000-20,000 of the little helpful but mean little things in that tree! The one helpful one is calling the people he knows around my area. And, he did say the same thing to me that the other lady said. They are likely to find their own home. I'm just hoping that it's NOT in the eaves of one of my apartment buildings....but for the kid with a rock could start a nasty nasty thing!


Blogger Judy in Indiana said...

I thought bees were more common in the fall, but we have also had a few bees around this spring. I think it is not normal. Could you ask a bee guy about it?

2:58 PM

Blogger Cheryl Lage said...

Oooh! Late last summer we were having our overgrown yard professionally "cleared" (I won't go into how overgrown it was!) and one of the gentlemen working on it took a step and up from the ground swarmed what looked like a hundred bees! They went up his shorts, stung his legs...we felt just AWFUL! He was lovely, said it happened "all the time" and that he was grateful the kids didn't step there first. (At the risk of sounding insensitive, me too!)

$225 later and three says of no backyard later, the "ground bees" were a thing of the past.

Good luck in finding a home for them...or in harvesting the honey!

4:27 PM

Blogger Auntie said...

Interesting read about the bees! Sure hope no one gets stung until they find a place to call home. Could you put up a sign? "Beware of the bees?" LOL~

8:05 PM


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