Lots of bees in my garden

Naturalchick27(6)July 18, 2011

This spring and summer I have been planting lots of roses, perennials and various veggies. Is it normal to see bees? Not just one or two but several bees around my roses and vegetables..

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

That's good. We all depend on bees for our survival.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 10:45AM
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Naturalchick27(6)

Ok good. I get nervous about getting stung:(

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 11:04AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

That's a good thing to be afraid of, I agree! Bees will not sting you unless you upset or bother them. Yellow jackets AKA hornets are different, they are very easily upset by simple actions like walking near their nest. If you've ever found yourself running away from a bee that was chasing you, it was probably a hornet. The bees on your flowers are probably not hornets and therefore unlikely to sting. Bees in general can swarm an intruder or invader to their nesting territory so you should never mess (swat at) with any kind of bee, just back off or run if necessary. (Knocking wood -) I've never been stung although I go very near the flowers they are on all the time. Don't hesitate to run if you think a bee is mad at you.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 12:09PM
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Naturalchick27(6)

I've never been stung before either. And I've never seen so many bees together at one time. What about mosquitos? Whenever I go out to water my garden, I have to bring out fogger spray and spray myself with insect repellant. They are getting really bad compared to past years:(

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 8:58AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Oooh I wish I knew what to do about mosquitoes! Besides making a lot of smoke, I don't know. I don't use chems, and would need to be rich to buy enough to do anything about them here anyway. I get an about of 3 bites per minute no matter what time of day or night I go outside - 15 bites in 5 mins. I go in and out all day and refuse to spend that much time coated in stuff, which would get all over my furniture when I go inside to cool off.

Tiki torches work well but refilling them and moving them around as the wind changes is a PITA. Citronella candles help if they are very smoky. I have a pretty big yard, so none of these are practical unless all you want to do is sit in 1 spot, which I don't. We eat tons of garlic, so that theory is garbage, IMO.

Staying in the sun is the only thing that really works but OMG my brain starts to boil pretty fast. I usually spend about 15 mins seriously scratching when I come inside.

I keep saying we should put up some bat houses but that's something that just never seems to get done.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 10:29AM
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gardengal_co(z5 CO)

Congrats on the Bees. We definitely need bees for pollination. Bees are only able to sting one time, so they are very "picky" about when they are going to sting... in other words they won't sting unless threatened. I have worked next to a plant that had several bees around on it. Peacefully doing what I need to do.. and they just fly away, minding their own business. I also work at a garden center where there are always bees around. None of the workers have been stung. They just work around them or leave the area for a few minutes. Its the guest that might get stung now and then, cause they start flapping their hands and creating chaos, which frightens the bees.

As already said, wasps are different. They can sting multiple times so are less picky about when they sting. Use a little more caution around them. Enjoy your creation of nature and all that it brings with it. Since I put in a flower garden in my backyard I have enjoyed bees, dragonflies, butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, etc. I love that I have provided a haven for other creatures.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 11:20AM
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Naturalchick27(6)

@ purpleinopp~ for mosqitos I use Off "Deep Woods" spray or else I get eaten alive by them.

@ gardengal~ I have noticed the bees hiding in my sunflowers so I guess that's a good thing :)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 9:48AM
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rkgibbs3

Honeybees are pretty laid back it seems. I have finally gotten myself to realize I can keep calm with them around because they really don't mess with people unless you go out of your way to mess with them. Bumble bees around here are mean. I know they don't sting unless they really feel threatened because they will die...but seriously! No matter what house I live in, I usually have at least on bumblebee that "guards" the yard (I do not have any hives near by that I have found and I have searched many areas and even taken peaks at the neighbors just in case so I knew not to go near it). If I go out during certain times of the day, they chase me off, then they fly away for 5-10 minutes then come back. This house isn't as bad as the last too. Here I get longer breaks during the day when "he" is out. At my last 2 houses though, first thing in the morning and until late in the evening, there would be one that would fly near my side door and the only time he would leave was if he chased something away, then he'd be right back.
Wasps and hornets on the other hand...I can't stand them. I was stung by a wasp and didn't even see the thing until after it stung me! And I have TONS of both in my yard. I'm always having to knock down nests that are being built. They seem to be most active around my house from about 10:30/11am until mid afternoon so I try to do my yard work before and after that part of the day so I don't have as many chasing me around.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 1:57PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

rkg, I wonder if those bumble bees are the kind that eat holes in wood? If so, they are probably guarding their holes. Do you see any holes in your wood? They like to burrow into the porch roof here, and even put holes in the handle of our grill.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 9:47AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Those are Carpenter bees, purple. Capable of doing structural damage if there's enough of them. It's the brazen boys that guard the nesting holes. Aren't they funny?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 4:45PM
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JessicaBe(5-6 Central Ohio)

My mother in law lives in a log cabin and she has problems with carpenter bees. Those with chase you.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:54PM
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