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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)April 9, 2013

I looked out my front door around 2:30 and saw a bunch of flying creatures going around in circles near a chinaberry bush. (The tree was removed years ago, but sprouted suckers that leaf out every spring.) I got my binoculars and discovered the 'insects' were bees. Then I saw the swarm! They were attached to one of the 'trunks' of the bush about 4' off the ground. I'm glad it's a cool gray day; they seem very docile and unperturbed by people walking by. The bee rescuers are on the way and they'll relocate them, perhaps to a beekeeper somewhere in the valley. I have no idea where they came from, but with the wind we had yesterday, they could be Californians! Anyone else have a bee 'invasion' lately?

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AJBB(9b)

These guys were hanging around one of my jujubes this evening. Still as statues.

This post was edited by AJBB on Tue, Apr 9, 13 at 22:39

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:38PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

AJBB, if they're still there tomorrow - with lots of company - I'd recommend the folks who took the swarm away today. They do relocate the bees they trap to an apiary. They were super nice (the bees, too!) and quite efficient. Took no time at all. They said that Spring is swarming season and that they're getting so many calls, they're busy as, well... bees! ;O)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 1:46AM
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lazy_gardens

AJBB ... not honey bees.

They are probably males of one of the native bees that doesn't make hives ... they nap near places that attract females.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 1:52PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Sounds like my husband!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 3:24PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun posts and pics! Tomato, did they take the bees away? How did it go? How much does something like that cost? I hope they save the bees rather than killing them? We need an update! :)

Neat pic AJBB--I agree with Lazy that they sure don't look like honeybees to me. Neat though!

LOL @ Mary!

Happy gardening all,
Grant

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:00PM
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AJBB(9b)

I think they're leaf cutter bees. Gone the following day, but great seeing them huddled together like that -- especially for a species that generally don't congregate together.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 12:45AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Grant, I was very happy with the bee rescuers. It was dark by the time they got here but they took all the bees. They use a plain ol' shop vac because there are no moving parts to damage the bees. Once they're in the vacuum container, they reverse the air flow and blow them into a safe box that they take to a beekeeper. I asked a lot of questions before I had them come out; I didn't want the bees to be killed and they assured me they would not be harmed. (They did say the bees would be mad as heck!) They had quoted me $125, but actually charged me much less.

AJBB, those were some pretty bees you hosted! I can't tell from the photo; are they honeybee size or bumblebee size?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 3:29AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I hope people who saw this piece on the news won't go nutty and call out the bee assassins. Swarms can be dangerous, but usually due to human folly. Colony bee collapse is a real danger to food production and, ultimately, to our survival.

Here is a link that might be useful: news about bee swarms

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:06PM
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azbolt

I've been surprised by how few bees I've seen so far this spring, but they must be around doing something as I've got fruit set on my trees!

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 11:30AM
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newtoucan

Thanks for posting. Please post the name of the company who take the bees away. I had someone remove a hive a few years ago and would have wanted them relocated if possible. I don't know what they did to remove the bees but I'm pretty sure they didn't take them alive. It was in the middle of our block wall fence. If it happens again I would call the company you used instead.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:07AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Happy to give these guys a recommendation. Here's the info on their card:
Bee Rescue Specialist
Licensed, Bonded, Insured
Lance Neveleff
602-309-0494
www.adkinsbeeremoval.com

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 2:04PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Great info, tomato, glad they rescued the bees! Thanks for sharing their information too. I'm going to plop it in my phone just in case! Happy gardening all!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 6:09PM
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Abolish Pest & Wildlife Control 210-430-3996

Bee Swarms will usually leave on there own if given enough time. If you can't wait it out some bee keepers will take wild bee's but not all do. If that doesn't work call a Bee Removal or Bee Control company like us. We can remove them and relocate most swarms without having to kill them off. But its better if you can wait it out and see if they happen to leave on there own. Bees are very important to us and we need to save as many of them as we can.

Here is a link that might be useful: Abolish Pest & Wildlife Control San Antonio

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:11PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I'm a bit perplexed by your post. First, you're in San Antonio; we're in Phoenix. Second, "Abolish" is an unfortunate word to use in a company name if you're into rescuing and relocating so-called "pests".

I did know I could wait and the bees would probably move on the next day. I didn't for two reasons: 1) They were within feet of foot traffic on the street and 2) if they'd moved on to someone's yard who views all 'insects' as the enemy, they might have been killed. I'm happy with the outcome.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dance of the Honeybees

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 1:43PM
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willydawadd

just had some out here in peoria two days ago. I thought they were trying to build a hive on top of the neighbors house because they were all piled up there. Was temped to call an exterminator but decided to wait a day and they were gone the next night.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:35PM
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