Bees.....HELP

bshaw96May 13, 2011

I am not a beekeeper, nor do I have any interest in being one :) I do however have a problem. I have 12 boxwoods along the front of my house. I went outside to water my flowers and heard a very loud buzzing. In fact I joked to myself it sounded like something out of a bad movie with swarmscof bees chasing people. Well on further investigation, I realize I have hundreds of bees in all my bushes. They appear to be honey bees but there are some ground bees there as well. I have no interest in harming them. But I don't want them to raise either. Certainly not less than 10 feet from my door. Will they eventually move on? Should I call someone? Please any suggestions. I know they are not aggressive but I have kids and pets and constantly garden in this area. No way to avoid them. Thanks for any help!

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ncfg

If you could post a picture, we may be able to give you a little more help. However this time of the year it could be a swarm. In that case you can call the fire department in your area and they will have a list of local beekeepers that would be happy to come remove the swarm. It could just be that you have a hive close by and that is the bush they liek the best. Either way you will have a local beekeepers association that can work with you to determine what and how to get rid of them, without just killing them off.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 4:47PM
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bshaw96

Thanks. I will try that. They are tucked in for the night now :) I will try to get a pic. They aren't just in 1 bush. They are in all of them. I have no desire to kill them, just don't want them to take up permanent residence.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 8:01PM
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patsyann(7b)

IF THEY ARE A SWARM, THEY WILL LEAVE BY THEMSELVES WITHIN A DAY OR TWO. IF YOUR BOXWOOD IS FLOWERING, THEY ARE COLLECTING POLLEN AND NECTAR AND HAVE A HIVE PROBABLY WITHIN A MILE OR SO. AGAIN, THEY WILL LEAVE SHORTLY ONCE MOST OF THE FLOWERS ARE SPENT. PETS LEARN VERY QUICKLY TO STAY AWAY AND CHILDREN CAN BE TAUGHT. IT IS MOST UNLIKELY THEY HAVE ANY INTENTION OF BUILDING A HIVE IN THE BUSHES. HONEYBEES ARE HAVING A HARD TIME THESE DAYS, DISAPPEARING FROM HIVES AND NOT RETURNING. IT IS HEARTENING TO HEAR YOU ARE CONCERNED FOR THEIR WELL-BEING.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 12:34PM
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