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BEE OUR GUEST
30 May, 2018
This entry was going to start June, but I'm still feeling
crummy so I've moved it to today, with the June background and colors.
Our friends Pat and Bud recently had an unusual experience
that I thought made a nice topic for this entry, so this is a guest
About a month ago, we noticed hundreds of bees dancing around
the south side of our house. By night, we could hear them buzzing in our
Sure enough, an entire colony of bees had discovered a tiny crack between
the fireplace chimney and the house, and had invaded the wall as an ideal
place for a hive. Within hours some had also found a way into the living
room. We have a pest control service that sprays the perimeter of the house,
so these bees apparently had to go through a spray zone on their way into
the house, and were dying as they entered. Nevertheless, it’s disconcerting
to wake up and find about a hundred dead bees in the living room and
kitchen. Every. Morning.
I did NOT know there is a bee recovery team in Davis (see
CircleofBees.com. The guy
in the middle of the photo was the one who worked with us.) And thank god
Well, removal involves using a stethoscope on the drywall in your house to
find the area of loudest activity. And cutting through the drywall IN your
house rather than trying to locate the colony through Hardiboard or removing
outside siding is the way to go.
So we were shooed out of the house for four hours while they
cut a big hole in the wall over the fireplace and removed the queen into a
while box — and the most of the rest of the bees followed her out the door.
The team also removed a honeycomb (see photo) the bees had developed in the
three weeks they lived with us. Everything ON the wall had to be removed
along with moving proximate furniture.
Still had bees in the house a good five days after the
recovery team left, but they seem to be gone (or dead) by now. Our
contractor is coming over Tuesday to repair the drywall and paint the wall .
We have learned a lot about Davis honeybees, including the fact that these
are a docile breed. You find a live one on your shirt, you just gently pick
it up by the sides and carry it to an exit that has sunlight on it, and they
will fly out that door when you let it go — no stinging involved. Yup, not a
single sting to us or the crew. We learned to share our abode with an
estimated 10,000 to 20,000 bees for a month. I’d prefer not to use that
knowledge again in the future, but…you know…..
I would have liked to have kept the hive in our yard, but the yard guy is
afraid of them and refused to go into the back yard until after the bees had
been removed. Understandably. Not to mention they would be next to the deck.
And so endeth (I hope) this month’s saga