Are Bees Bugging You?
Sometimes our little friends the honey bees can get a little over zealous in trying to produce honey and pollinate the flowers by taking up residence inside a house or in a tree on your front lawn—or even under your picnic table!
Don’t panic. The bees may leave soon. When honey bees are swarming in the spring, they sometimes leave their old hive before locating a new one. Then, they might pitch on a tree or shrub in your yard while their scouts search out a suitable new home.
However, is they stay around longer than a day, they are probably nesting right there. If you want to get rid of them without killing them, we suggest you find a local beekeeper.
You can do this by one of the following:
- Look in the Yellow Pages under Beekeeping or Honey
- Contact your County Extension Service, which may be listed under the name of your state’s agricultural university.
- Contact a local bee club. Several clubs have geared up programs for beehive retrievals. Lists of clubs are available on the Bee Culture Who’s Who list. Also, just enter the words “(your state) Beekeeping Association” in a search engine. A result may turn up a club for you to contact.
- Ask your fire or police departments. They may have lists of beekeepers who will take unwanted bees.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE BEES YOURSELF, UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED BEEKEEPER!