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BeeLady,

You returned just in time.

A swarm of bees has taken up residence on top of a brick column that supports a large beam coming out of the roof in front of the house. They may be getting inside the column and nesting, but I'm not sure since I don't remember if the column is hollow inside and now would not be a good time to get a ladder to go up for a look. wink

I've tried water spraying them out but that doesn't work. One of those little buggers bit me on the ear when I was minding my own business. ( mad ) I'm sure they are the safe garden variety honey bees but I'd still like to get rid of them. Any suggestions?

Do I need to send for Jolly, KB, and the gun patrol? That would require a lot of bullets and might create some damage to the house I would prefer to avoid. eek

Buzzingly yours,
John


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JohnC, I am glad I was online at this time!

If the swarm has just arrived, you can wait a few hours and it will likely take off on its own. Most swarms find a resting place while they wait for directions from their scout bees.

You could call a local beekeeper, the county extention agent or the fire department. All may have list of local beekeepers who would love to come and take the swarm. Free bees!!

For the most part, in swarm formation, a big glob of brown bees.. they are docile, just waiting for their instructions. Given it is near a chimney, though, I would look to have someone try to collect them. They will be easy to catch for a few hours, (by a beekeeper) like dumping wet sand into a bucket.

Good luck and don't panic. I try to remember for all things in life, bees included "This, too, shall pass." smile
PS: The Steinway is to be painted tomorrow! Thanks for your past advice!


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Well, they've been around for a few weeks now. Seems they may have made a home. If they are waiting for instructions they must all apparently be deaf. I've told them to get the *ell out multiple times.

Would they still be easy to catch if they have taken up residence? And if they are resident and I ignore them how long before they eventually move on to that great beehive in the sky?

If only I could play flight of the bumble bee! laugh Wait, maybe I could play a recording of it (I have a Rachmaninoff version) and lure them out like the pied piper? No?

Glad to hear your moving forward with the piano. Take some pics and post them here! smile


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Your fire dept may have a local beekeper's phone#.

Now, get buzzzzzzzzzzzzzy smile

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Sounds like you have a full fledged hive. I would call a beekeeper, thru the county ,Orange or LA county, extention or agricultural agent. 4H maybe, as here in my county the ag agent has been eliminated.

Anymore than 24hours or so is a hive. Swarms usually last no more than a day or so. Worst case, call an exterminator. Do they still have the vendor that would offer to "freeze their little butts off"? We used them when we lived in LA for termites.

I hope to have pics of the piano soon. We were to take a trip to the shop but my tech stopped by yesterday for a check, as things seem to be moving along faster than usual. When all is done I will try to post pics as I learn how to do so!!

Good luck and again, don't panic. All can be resolved with the right "tech". smile


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I'd take beelady's advice, but if it all falls through, remember the motto of the Green Berets:

"There is no problem in the world, that a properly placed charge of high explosive, cannot take care of!" laugh


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