I was sitting at the table this afternoon working, had the window wide open to enjoy the breeze, and kept seeing a bee. Or bees. Nothing agianst them personally, but I can’t tell one individual from another.
Figured hey, it’s spring, there’re gonna be bees.
Couple weekends ago, wife was transferring the woodpile from the patio to behind the shed for the summer, and said she stirred up a bunch of flying somethings back there. She said they were on the ground, so I was afraid we had yellowjackets, but upon investigation I couldn’t find anything.
We have found honeycombs in limbs that have fallen and in an elm tree that was removed by the city for water line work. I figured that the ones she ran across might have been the beginning of a hive that was starting in a hollow log or something we had behind the shed.
Well, at dinner I kept seeing bees. More bees. A dozen or two.
Shit, thought I, I know EXACTLY what’s happening.
Last fall I removed the light from the back of the house, and since the wires were no longer connected to anything and the box was pretty tight and flush to the back of the siding, I left it. I have to patch up some other shakes, so I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal until I got to around to them all.
Well, guess what…the bees apparently love it. I’m guessing they found a knockout or other gap in the box, and are preparing a hive in my garage well.
Look, I went for the spray…but I really do not want to just kill off a hive of honeybees, especially since there must be a queen in there somewhere. I think there are people who will come remove a hive, but who knows what that will cost.
I have no problem opening up my garage wall, I’m tearing it out before winter anyway, in order to insulate. I do want them out before they decide my attic is hospitable, though.
Any recommendations aside from nuking from orbit and killing a colony, and paying someone who knows how much to cart them of to a hive? I went for a piece of scrap wood and my driver to just plop it over the hole to discourage them, but then I wondered if the queen would get trapped in there and die?