Sunday, August 27, 2017


A COFFEE CUP FOR EVERY TEACHER

UPDATE BEES:

I have done a lot of research.  I have read a lot of articles written by university professors and watched numerous educational videos.  These bees can get into the attic because they love wood. They are the terminate of bees.

I have lots of beehives and care for them.  I keep them protected.  But these bees have to go.  The university professors whose articles I have read are correct.  They are a major challenge.  When I open the mailbox if the queen gets away she could just nest through an opening to my attack, and then I have a real mess.

I can tell you nothing kills them.  Also so long as the queen bee remains inside the brick mailbox, nothing keeps her from reproducing more male bees.

So I have to wait until winter when most of the male bees will be dead.  Allowing the queen to go free solves nothing, and can actually make my situation worse.  This morning after last night's last effort, there are at least a 100 bees flying around the outside of the mailbox.   Unless I work on killing them every day, I could have a 1000 bees flying around the mailbox.  So it will be a daily challenge until winter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you have a hive in your mailbox you do not have carpenter bees. Though you know all there is to know about bees read this.
"Solitary creatures, the Carpenter bee often lives alone but mother and daughter Carpenter bees may have a simple social nest in which they reside together. Although Carpenter bees tend to nest individually, several bees may build nests near each other. While other bees build hives the Carpenter bee prefers a nest. This bee truly is a “carpenter,” tunneling into the wood of a tree limb, beam, deck, porch rail, or bench. The tunnels are built with the Carpenter bee’s strong jaw as it vibrates itself through the wood. The bees do not eat the wood but reuse the particles to build individual cells or discard them. Round half-inch diameter entrance holes are the telltale sign of a Carpenter bee nest, as well as a trace of coarse sawdust."