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I’m Starting To Feel Bad About Killing All These Bees

My kitchen is full of bees. It’s happened every fall since my dad died (in October 2016). I think there are nests in the frames of the kitchen windows. I had an exterminator out last year. So, somehow, they just seem to pour out of the frames and then the kitchen is full of bees and then I’m killing bees from mid-sept through November. And I just can’t stand all the killing anymore.

by Anonymousreply 3714 hours ago

Attention. Attention. A swarm of killer bees is headed this way.

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by Anonymousreply 210/17/2020

Bee Movie

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by Anonymousreply 510/17/2020

Today has been the worst, yet. I just killed 11 of them.

Should I look into hiring an exorcist?

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 10:21 AM

Just become an apiarist and keep them as pet, OP.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 10:26 AM

R7, half of them are yellow jackets and the other half are just regular bees. None of them are honey bees or even bumblebees. None of them have tried to sting me, either. I’m worried they’ll sting the cat, though.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 10:31 AM

Gurl, take off that bonnet!

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 10:31 AM

Seriously, see if you can get in touch with some local beekeepers. Beekeepers will take wild hives and put them in their hive boxes out in the field, maybe something can be done to take the hives out of your window frames or walls, and give them a new home where they can flourish and make honey and polinate to their hearts' content.

Moving the bees would, of course, involve some carpentry and therefore some expense, and I have no idea if that'd cost more than exterminators, nor how much of a problem with wasps will be for the beekeepers. But it can't hurt to look for local beekeepers, and get their advice at the very least. And in the meantime, may I suggest duct-taping the shit out of every crack and seam in your kitchen walls and windows?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 11:54 AM

Bees are being killed off due to climate change and we really need those bees to pollinate and preserve the ecosystem.

As above says, call some beekeepers and see what can be done about moving the nest.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 12:00 PM

I think bees are being killed off as much by agricultural pesticides as by climate change, butterfly and insect populations in general are plumeting due to overuse of pesticides.

Lots of people are now changing their gardens to include less grass and more polinator-friendly plants, in an effort to give the bees and other useful insects some good habitat. Hell, even one of the most conservative Trump supporters at work did that, it's catching on everywhere!

by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 12:13 PM

The hives are inside the window frames, somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 4:40 PM

Phyllis ... the bees are coming!

by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 4:44 PM

R10 How do beekeepers lure and put wild bees into hives?

by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 2:14 AM

Call a bee remover. You probably have a hive in your walls.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Thursday at 2:45 AM

Honeybees are a European import. If they are dying, it could be because they don't belong here in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Thursday at 2:50 AM

To bee, or not to bee.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Thursday at 3:39 AM

I left a voicemail for the Bee People.

There are 8 in the kitchen right now. I’m going to follow the advice above to tape up the window seams.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Thursday at 10:55 AM

[quote] How do beekeepers lure and put wild bees into hives

Very carefully.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Thursday at 11:56 AM

[quote] I left a voicemail for the Bee People.

There are Bee People? They understand hooman speech?

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 12:14 PM

You need us, OP

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by Anonymousreply 22Last Thursday at 12:22 PM

The Bee People did not call me back. Maybe they were stung to death. Despite taping up all the window seams I could find, there were another dozen bees in my kitchen today. I am at my wit's end.

by Anonymousreply 2316 hours ago

What state are you in? Here is an outfit that does work nationwide:

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by Anonymousreply 2416 hours ago

Nationwide listing:

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by Anonymousreply 2516 hours ago

R23 /OP I'm more the catch and release type, so I can understand your feeling bad about killing them. Wow, the shear number you're dealing with sounds overwhelming. I would continue to call bee people.

I don't know much about bees, or beekeepers, but believe if there is an alternate solution to extermination, it's worthwhile. Many of those insecticides are toxic for a very long time, and often they don't tell you what's exactly in their potions. If you leave the windows open, do they ever fly out?

by Anonymousreply 2616 hours ago

Bee Best, OP.

Or they might take their revenge...

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by Anonymousreply 2716 hours ago

Sorry, I hate to be a... buzz-kill.

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by Anonymousreply 2816 hours ago

They’d kill you...if they could...

by Anonymousreply 2915 hours ago

My sister had bees coming into the house. Her husband investigated outside and could hear a slight humming. They had a huge hive in the space between the inside wall and the siding of their home. BIL called a friend who keeps bees. He just pulled out two huge honeycombs, covered with bees, with a bare hand. The bees didn’t hurt him at all. The beekeeper set up hives. The bees are doing fine.

by Anonymousreply 3015 hours ago

Are the bees in trouble?

by Anonymousreply 3115 hours ago

Those bees are definitely inside the walls.

I could not live in that house. No way.

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Call us.

by Anonymousreply 3315 hours ago

R26 "The shear number"

Oh, Dear

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by Anonymousreply 3514 hours ago

r26, no, they refuse to go outside. They won't even go near the open screen door.

Weirdly, not a single one has tried to sting me. And I think they're mostly a bit off from whatever remains of what the exterminator last year sprayed. Like they seem kind of slow and stupid.

But I'm going to have to find more bee people to call. I really hope they're just in the window frames and that we're not going to have to take the fucking wall apart.

by Anonymousreply 3614 hours ago

Best wishes OP, and do let us know what they discover.

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