I am beset by bees. On average, I find 2-3 colonies a year in my yard. The price I have to pay for living in a lush oasis in the desert. I have nothing personal against the bees, and I wish them no harm (in the general sense), but I won’t tolerate them nesting close to the house. Since almost all wild hives out here are Africanized (“Killer”) bees, they are too touchy to just ignore. This time, they are in a block wall in my pasture. I should have fixed the broken cap block when I noticed it. It’s pretty amazing how fast they found the opening. Here is a photo of the wall, and thermal shot taken with my nifty Seek Thermal camera accessory for my iPhone.
I normally call the “Bee guy,” but at $200 a pop, it’s getting expensive. I’ve decided to buy a protective suit and nuke them myself.
And, before anyone lectures me about re-homing them - beekeepers don’t want them. Since they are assumed to be Africanized, all the keepers I’ve spoken to say to just destroy them.
Maybe I got this wrong, but from listening to The History of English podcast, I believe the author was suggesting that the name “Beowulf” meant “Bee Wolf”, a poetic way of saying “Bear”. The poetic name was probably used by the original poet to better keep to the poetic scheme of the story. But the OP already knows this, I’m sure.
Seal hole with foam, drill into block and spray insecticide dust into hole.
Blast with a hose-end “foam gun.”
Use several cans of foaming wasp spray.
Use a CO2 fire extinguisher.
As much fun as it would be to use a torch, it’s much too dangerous out here. There are a lot of flammable leaves and branches in the area. The Foam gun would be the least toxic, but also slowest method. Sealing the hole and then spraying Tri-die into holes drilled in the block is probably the way the Bee guy would do it. The Foaming wasp spray might work, but the nest is quite deep in the block, and i’m concerned that mcuh of the foam wouldn’t reach areas of the hive. The CO2 sounds like fun, but very expensive.
Whatever I decide, I’ll try to set a camera up and record it.
saw the pic, thanks for the new link.
Why would you have to do more than just sealing the hole? Wouldn’t just filling the top of the block with expanding foam to seal it be good enough? Perhaps following up with repairing the broken section of wall with brick and mortar or concrete? I’m not understanding the need to drill another hole to spray in bug killer after you seal them up.