Two Bees or 10,000 Bees, That is the Question
By David Botterill on Apr 30, 2005
As I stated in an earlier blog, Colorado is experiencing some later winter weather. This hasn't really interrupted the current code-a-thon I'm in. The weather has, however, interrupted my appointment with the bee keeper. I've had a bee hive in the soffit under my root since last summer. I've tried getting rid of them with about 6 cans of hornet/wasp spray. By the way, if the can says it kills hornets and wasps but doesn't mention killing bees, that's because it DOES NOT kill bees. Oh sure the ones you hit with the stream of foam are knocked out of the sky and die a less than honorable death. But before they die, they must signal the other ones inside the hive saying, "That crazy home owner is trying to kill us with hornet spray again so stay in the hive!". And they do. I tried to ignore them hoping they would just go away. Well that doesn't work for the fat on my gut and it certainly doesn't work for the bees in my soffit.
So I called the bee keeper that keeps bees on my Father's property near Boulder, CO and asked him if he wanted some free bees. He was happy to come get them tomorrow but said if the weather was bad, he would have to postpone the bee safari. Apparently, he said the bees are more agitated at night and during bad weather because they are ALL in the hive. I guess the bees riot when you try to take their hive so it's best when you catch them away partying in the flowers.
My other worry is what my soffit will look like after the bee keeper tears it apart to get to the bees. I asked him to leave his ax at home because I had some tools like pry bars and such.
The weather looked better tonight so I might be bee free tomorrow night.
Well anyway, that's all the buzz for now.