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Disappearing Honey Bees

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by USMCwife, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. USMCwife

    USMCwife Monkey++

    I can remember going to my grandmother's house every Easter, and her yard would be full of honey bees harvesting from the clover blossoms. You could not walk without almost stepping on one. The last time I saw that scene was about 15 years ago.
    Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter

    Does anyone have honey bee hives? If so, do you need to make sure they have a food source nearby so they don't leave the area or can they survive anywhere? I think I would like to get some hives, but I have no idea where to start. Anyone have any experience in this matter?
  2. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Hasn't affected the bumblebees here - seems like the Pearl Harbor attack everytime I go outside! :rolleyes:

    Little buggers oughta have red 'meatballs' on their sides, and I'm the big fat "USS Arizona"........

  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Seawolf - Try putting a fabric softener sheet in your pocket. Something about them detracts bees.
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Gotta try that. They nest in the attic somewhere. I don't have the will to have them removed.

    This spring is gonna be real interesting...will natural, lavender scented dryer sheets work I wonder?
  6. USMCwife

    USMCwife Monkey++

    I love how this thread turned out. I hate those giant bumble bees too. They bore holes in our deck and barn. I know I said that I fondly remembered the honeybees, but I also fondly remember watching my brother play "tennis" with those giant bumble bees that took up residence on our front porch.
  7. fireplaceguy

    fireplaceguy Monkey+

    New jobs for all the illegals who can't find construction work. Give 'em a Q-tip and send 'em out in the fields...
  8. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I've tried regular, vanilla and lavender scented sheets, and they've all seemed to work. Some people I know hang them on their door jams to keep them out of the house or on their deck rails to keep their deck clear of them. The kids used to hang them around the trampoline when they were jumping.

    For the attic - I'd remove most of the sheets from the box and toss the open box close to the nest to see if it works. There's also this stuff that you spray at night - while they're all in their hive - that entombs the nest (it's kind of like that spray foam insulation). It has a long-range spray nozzle. It's great for wasps! Seal the nest at night, knock it down and throw it away the next day. I'm not sure what it's called, but I bet your local farm store would know.
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