Bees in Yard

grow_n_gardn(z10 CA)April 26, 2005


I'm having a bit of a problem here, ok, not a bit, a large problem. Here is some backgroud. Since June of 2004 some bees have been flying in and out of the underneath of a metal shed in my yard. The metal shed is sitting on top of some cement bricks. The cement blocks might be around the perimeter of the shed and not all the way across the underside, so that there is plenty of unobstructed space underneath. Some of the bricks may have spaces in between, due to misalignment, and I believe some are just broken in some areas, enough to where the bees have been able to enter.

I placed some dirt and mud next to one side of the shed when I saw the bees trying to enter there. They later moved to the back side of the shed and that area is slightly less accessible. I had used up much dirt to cover the side bricks and so by the time I tried to dig up more to cover the back of the shed, the bees had really began to become established. I didn't want to throw dirt on the entrance while they had become increasingly active, but I now realize that they have established themselves so well in our yard, that I can no longer deal with having them there. I have a dog that has had to stay indoors lately because the bees have been staying on trees and I don't want him near them. I saw a huge swarm in our yard in June of 2004 and one yesterday April 25,2005. There was another smaller swarm that I saw about a week ago. Each of these times I was outdoors, and luckily was able to get myself and my dog indoors safely.

The questions in my mind right now are as to whether I should cover up the area behind the shed, hope the bees that are outside of it move on, and then remove the shed and whatever might be underneath (including the bricks),or can someone look underneath just as is (with live bees underneath)? I wanted to go the route of having a live bee removal, but being that these are probably considered "wild" bees, they wouldn't be of use to keep around or am I mistaken? The swarming and now having these bees on our trees that aren't leaving is distressing. Can anyone advise me on what to do?

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treebeard(z5 MA)

As you don't seem to know what type of be you're dealing with, you should be cautious dealing with bees. You should try to find a beekeepers club or organization in your area or call an exterminator who can deal with bees. A beekeeper may, or may not, be willing to deal with your bees if they're honeybees. If they're not, beekeepers really have no use for them, and the exterminator will be your best bet.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 7:42AM
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grow_n_gardn(z10 CA)

Hi Treebeard. I appreciate your input. I spent about a week trying to decide what to do about the situation. These bees never seemed to pose a direct threat to myself or anyone else. Over the last several months I would spend time outdoors and observe the bees at a fairly close distance collecting pollen from the flowers in our yard. Their docile nature led me to believe that they were an asset to the environment. I assumed they were non-hostile honeybees.

The thing that had me most concerned was seeing the large quantities of bees spending time on trees and the swarming prior to and afterwards. In one weeks time there were three swarms in total and I observed two of them. The first one I didn't see, but I did see my dog under the tree where the bees had gathered.

The shed is about ten feet by five. Yesterday we had some people remove the bottom of the shed in pieces (with electric tools) and I saw the honeycomb being removed. Live removal had been something I considered, but the size of the shed played a role in our ability to access the bees and safety was also a concern.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 6:46PM
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grow_n_gardn(z10 CA)

I made an error in providing the measurements of the space which the bees had occupied. Dimensions were almost 10 ft. by 8 ft.(not 5).

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 3:20PM
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