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Old 04-23-2008, 04:14 PM
 
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Hi everyone

We discovered a huge swarm of bees in our back yard. After several calls to exterminators, we discovered they are honeybees.

The two places we called said to wait about 24 hours and see if they are still there, as some honeybees travel from place to place before setting up their "home sweet home"...

I appreciate the fact that the companies I spoke with didn't want for us to have to pay for them to come out, and then to find out they were on the way out the next day. On the other hand...it's a TON of bees!

Anyone else have or has had this problem?

When we had yellow jackets in the past (front yard) they have come out the same day. However, they said that these honeybees were 'docile'...

Thank you in advance--any advice or exterminator suggestions are appreciated!
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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IF THEY ARE HONEY BEES DO NOT EXTERMINATE THEM.

they already about extinct call a BEEKEEPER OR the agriculture extension to take care of the issue PLEASE.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:37 PM
 
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Default Thank you!

I'm happy to do that--thank you for the information! Could you direct me to a bee keeper? Please feel free to send me a private message if you do...thank you for responding so quickly.

We have a family member allergic to bee stings, so we want to get this taken care of sooner than later.

Thank you again!
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Indian Land
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I do not know of any bee keepers however, Sunny Kayak is correct. Honeybees are dying off at an alarming rate. What's Killing The Honeybees?, For A Second Year, Bees Are Dying Off And America's Farmers Are Getting Stung - CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/07/eveningnews/main3919204.shtml - broken link)
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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They are harmless to the human unless agitated you should keep them around or move the hive if possible by using a smoking pot can be made out of tin can with newspaper.
You can get your own hive to stick honey combs in and have fresh honey. Something to consider.

Click at the bottom of the page click About US and list of beekeepers is there
Mecklenburg Beekeepers Association
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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Default Thank you!

Thank you very much for the link to the beekeepers association!

We were just walking through our backyard with our dog, when literally there were tons of bees all around. We would never in a million years want to agitate bees (or any other animal/insect for that matter—and have rescued dogs, cats, a red tailed hawk, ladybugs, worms, spiders and the like) however, it took us by surprise how many bees there were from us simply walking through our back yard…like we do every evening.

The fact we have a family member allergic (the allergic reaction to a bee sting interferes with his breathing, which makes it that much more intense and scary—no offense to the bees or bee lovers intended, just a fact of our life)...

We’ll try everything we can to have a beekeeper or other certified person remove the bees if they continue to nest in our backyard, not only for their safety, but for our family member’s safety as well.

If anyone else has suggestions for beekeepers or other means of removing the bees, please don’t hesitate to post or send me a private message.

Thank you again to those who responded so quickly! I really appreciate your quick response!
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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Ops...Sorry about the type size of my previous post--not sure why it's so small.

I will try to edit it now...
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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IF THEY ARE HONEY BEES DO NOT EXTERMINATE THEM.

they already about extinct call a BEEKEEPER OR the agriculture extension to take care of the issue PLEASE.
Excellent & timely advice Sunny.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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Wow..thanks so much, Sunny!

Here is some information for others that may have the same problem...how wonderful that there are caring, kind, people out there willing to come in and take away the bees without harming...I had no idea as dumb as that might sound.

From the Mecklenburg Beekeeper's Association website:


[LEFT][SIZE=4]"2008 Swarm List

Do you have honeybees in an unwanted location? Please read further before calling.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Swarms of honeybees (a cluster of bees outside their home, hanging on a tree or bush or something -- see pics below) appear most often in March-July but occasionally at other times of the year. These bees are attempting to find a new home to move into -- maybe your garage or attic. A swarm represents free bees to beekeepers and anyone on the list below would be interested in capturing them. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Please be prepared to answer the questions below when you call, and pick a beekeeper in your general area. [/SIZE][/LEFT]

[SIZE=4]A swarm that is not captured will colonize lots of places that are inconvenient to humans. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]If honeybees have moved into your structure we might be able to remove them for you. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Call someone below marked with "*" to discuss the specifics. Some beekeepers charge a nominal fee for removing bees from structures."[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]The above website has a ton of information and links to help you if you have honeybees in your back yard, and if you have other types of bees, they will tell you where to go for that as well. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Mecklenburg Beekeepers Association[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]________________________________[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]These forums are the best...a wealth of information with the click of a mouse! [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Thank you, Sunny---we hope the honeybees will NOT be in our attic, as we are doing spring cleaning and moving things back and forth from our house to the attic. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]As said earlier, when you have a family member who is allergic to bees, it's easy to panic...but, your post and link gives me hope these bees will move on their own (um, but not to our attic, lol)... or we can find someone to come and remove them to to a happy hive! [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]The bees are happy, no trip to the ER for our family...everyone wins! [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]Thank you again..I will be sure to pass your information and link on to others who encounter the same situation. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]I hope you have a great night, and great rest of the week! [/SIZE]

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Old 04-24-2008, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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I wish I just had honey bees! We have those GINORMOUS humming / buzzing bumblebees that I swear if they flew into you could surely knock you down! I hit one the other day with my grain scoop for my horses and you could hear it PING loudly! LOL I hate those things, and I have wasps. UGH!!! I had them last year too but not this early. I bought that foaming spray to cover up their nests. I can usually work around them and just walk around - they stay away but I'm afraid of being stung - that hurts!
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