Saturday, August 26, 2017


AND THE WINNER IS, THE BEES


Once bees nest in a hollow brick mailbox, you are doomed.  After realizing trying to seal ever crack I could find and they still existed in the hundreds, I had no choice but to try and kill them.  I can assure you I have bought every product at Home Depot which claims to kill bees, and they do not work.

Upon more research, I learned it is hopeless.  Tomorrow a temporary new mailbox is going up.  The recommendation is to wait until winter and after 5 days of not seeing any bees, to knock down the mailbox and be prepared to throw a lot of poison into the hollow mailbox.  If you do not kill the queen she will come right back as you are building the new mailbox.  Depending on how cold it gets the males will die and it will only be the queen and her eggs left in the mailbox.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simple, call a beekeeper to come and take the bees. You know how to google.

BobbyWC said...

And I may do that come winter. The safest time for everyone including the need is the winter. I may be able to get the top off with my jackhammer and then just it open until someone safely remove the queen.

Anonymous said...

Do something, they will take over, I know, it's been done. You'll be domed, if you try to keep them. They keep coming, we took , 5, 5 gallon buckets, then the came back six months later.
Good luck!~

BobbyWC said...

Carpenter bees are important pollinators in native plant communities, gardens, and in some crops. based on this alone I would do what ever is needed to save them. My my research show that even someone who removes the nest cannot guarantee they got the queen. I have lots of bees on my property which pollinate, and none of them are pests like these. Plus they can get under my food and eat the wood.

My roommate's dad is probably the last master mason left in the LRGV. He had a new brick mail box from several years ago which never sold. While loading it into the trail it tipped and the top broke off. I am more grateful I got to watch him put it back together then for the mailbox. He is a master who takes extreme pride in his work. It looks awesome. He made sure it is sealed. He is so particular that when he is done he cleans the brick, takes a metal rod to create a simple line in the mortar and then brushes it smooth. His son and grandson helped with the little tasks. It was a pleasure to watch a master at work. He no longer works for anyone. This was a one time deal because his son lives in my house. He refused my money.

Now the bees must die. I have several new ideas. I know how they are still getting in the old mailbox. Once they are all inside the box I will seal it tonight and see how it goes.

I have so many beehives and none of the other bees are pests. In fact when they are pollinating my fruit trees my roommate's grandkids come over and watch. They know not all bees sting so they stand and watch.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Malathion might work but be careful not to get it on your skin. I stopped using it fro web worms because I decided that I was just too old to have it land on me after spraying up into the trees.

BobbyWC said...

Airborn other than foam could hurt another beehive, which is not a problem. I have identified one last small hole they are getting out of. But I am sure they will find another. The only solution is to take down the old mailbox and hope a professional can catch the queen and relocate her. These bees do not belong in neighborhoods. She needs to be let go on a large farm. from what I have read this infestation an spread to my neighbors. They are the termite of bees. They just eat right through wood.

I will do my best to not kill the queen.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The only sad thing about your comment is that there is no winter in Brownsville. Winter is something that we have not seen for quite awhile. Good Luck.

BobbyWC said...

I've seen ice hanging off my roof within the last two years. In 13 years of living here my heater ran more last winter than any other winter. And the there was Christmas day with snow. What is sad as a troll you decided to make up shot to be nothing more than an annoyance. My research shows a few days in the 30s will be fine.