Apr 2, 2008


One should never underestimate the resolve of an idiot. Particularly his resolve to maim himself or worse.

This is a very large swarm of bees that took up residence in the oak tree in our backyard. It's hard to get a good perspective on the size of this swarm, but trust me when I tell you that it's big, real big.

Most of the honey bees in the wild in our part of the world are the Africanized variety, often called killer bees. Of course they are not really killer bees, unless you are very unlucky or an idiot. Which brings me back to my first point.

The smart guys and gals advise against messing with bee hives or bee swarms because doing so can result in a mess of pissed off bees. And that means stings and plenty of them for those in the vicinity. The smart money suggests contacting a bee removal company instead.

Bee removal is a misnomer. It is actually a bee killing company and I am not in favor of killing bees and mostly not in favor of paying someone else to do it.

So here's my solution. I decided to blast them with the hose. I was betting that they weren't going to sting me a million times, but just to be sure I put a plastic bag over my head. Long sleeves might have been a good idea, but I didn't think of that.

Anyway, I blasted them with a high-pressure stream of water and knocked them out of the tree. About 30 minutes later, they were back.

I also called a removal company and they told me to leave them alone. What I have also learned is that bees swarming like this in a tree are probably just resting up before moving on. We'll see.

Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Kurt said...

You're a brave man. I would have stayed away.

dennis said...

Dennis would have left the bees alone.

SonSneed said...
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SonSneed said...

Kurt choose the word Brave, I would have chosen 'Idiotic'. I need those bees gone so I can do my woodworking project. Bees don't like loud sounds.

Anonymous said...

Bees don't care for smoke at all--so fire up the BBQ grill---

alicesg said...

Wow what a huge bee hive. You are too brave, I ain't going near them. lol. I have a post on bee hive too. You would like to view them. http://alicesg.blogspot.com/2008/04/quiz-time.html