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  •  They've been here awhile (4+ / 0-)

    since the 90s.

    Had a hive in the wash by our house, but fortunately for us, the hive was on the neighbor's property.
    Back when Mr.AzBlue worked and we'd click on the patio lights in the early morning to walk our first doggy, bees used to flock to the lights and we found that quite odd.
    Never seen bees buzz lights in the dark.
    Also, they used to swarm around my husband when he was barbecuing.
    Then those neighbors brought in workers to build a fancy fence around their backyard and we saw the bees swarm them.
    They fled and the neighbors called the fire department and they came and sprayed foam on the nest but that didn't stop them, just made them angry.
    They finally resorted to an actual bee-guy who was in full cover from head to toe and we watched the bees swarm that guy while he smoked the hive.
    That was something to see.

    Then, not too long ago, the neighbors down the street had company and they left for the day and when they came home, the guy opened the front door and heard the BZZZZZZZ and closed the door and said "Bees"
    He had a dickens of a time finding someone to come out since the bees were inside the house.
    They finally got a person to come out and I think it was estimated that over 16,000 bees were in their living room.
    They came in through the fireplace and they had their flue closed!
    Cost them a pretty penny since the bees left ash everywhere on their walls, rugs and furniture due to the flapping wings.
    Their insurance declared it an 'Act of God' and refused to cover expenses.
    They were told to keep their drapes pulled at night since it was the light attracting them and the queen came in and her worker colony followed.

    They like water meter boxes, too.
    Friends of ours a few miles away had them there, and they estimated over 60,000 bees.
    Funny thing for them, was that the water company wasn't reading their meter but estimating their bills and had they notified them sooner about the problem, it could've saved a lot of headache.

    It's kind of cool watching a huge ball of bees float down the street, but not when we're outside walking.
    We run when we hear them and give them the right-of-way.
    They are scary but part of life.

    All we need is LOVE!

    by arizonablue on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:34:49 AM PDT

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    •  I had a huge hornets nest in the fireplace (4+ / 0-)

      when I was living in Italy. This was a HUGE fireplace, with no flue. I have no idea how the owner got them out, the nest was something like 4 ft in length! And the hornet were huge.

      Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

      by kimoconnor on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:43:37 AM PDT

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    •  Yikes! (4+ / 0-)

      Were those infestations Africanized bees? Jeepers, any swarm -- even butterflies -- is stunning to see but when they're potentially deadly it is a whole different thing.

      Fortunately so far, the water meter readers around here only have to deal with Black Widow spiders. It is probably why they're reading them electronically these days. It is a certainty that if I opened the meter right now I would find one. But only one -- finding a swarm of bees is a nightmare.

      If we are going to live at the speed of code, we need to remember the stillness of eternity. -- dharmasyd

      by Darryl House on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:53:32 AM PDT

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      •  We were told (3+ / 0-)
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        paradise50, Darryl House, dharmasyd

        sometime in the 90s not to bother the fire department anymore with bee problems but people still call and we were also told to assume they are all 'killer' bees now.

        Another one - when my husband was still working, they wouldn't allow anyone to leave the buildings one late afternoon.
        Seems a swarm of bees were covering a pickup and the fire department did come and dispersed them.
        My husband was parked right next to that truck and there were still bees buzzing about and two followed him into the car, but he was able to shoosh them out without a sting.

        Oh yeah, and this is a good one - my last bee story as I have many! LOL
        A friend was driving his Jeep Cherokee down the freeway with his windows open and a swarm was passing through and they passed right through his vehicle!
        He said it all happened so fast that he wasn't sure what the heck just happened until he spotted a few bees on his dashboard and around his feet.
        Oh man.

        If you ever drive through a swarm you should go immediately to a car wash and rinse them off because the dead bees put out some kind of scent that attracts more bees when you park.
        (we've had that happen, too!)


        All we need is LOVE!

        by arizonablue on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:10:43 AM PDT

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