Rte.66_chicks

Songster
11 Years
Feb 22, 2008
869
4
149
Kingman, AZ


These showed up two days ago. I think they are really cool, but my DH is not so impressed-says he got stung a lot as a kid. Didn't think it was too funny when I replied that they only sting to defend nest or self. I guess he stepped on some barefoot in a clover lawn when he was little, and didn't learn too quick to wear shoes or watch where he was stepping.

Anyway, we contacted a beekeeper in Phoenix.(closest one our Ag Extension office had a # for) He said they should leave in a day or so, and if not to put a smoke source under them and they will leave.

Are any of you BYC members beekeepers also, and could give me more advice?
 

Marlinchaser

Songster
12 Years
Oct 18, 2007
4,943
23
231
MERRY LAND
They are swarming, looking for a place to set up a new hive. Watch that they do not choose a area such as a closed in area of a barn. They usually will find a hollowed out tree if possible. At this point they should not bother you, unless you bother them. PLEASE do not bug spray them, we(actually worldwide) lost a lot of colonies last season. They should find a new spot in a couple of days. Bees are esential for polinating most plants. I am surprised there are not beekeepers in your area willing to come capture the swarm.
 

carugoman

Songster
12 Years
Nov 8, 2007
300
5
131
NW FL Crestview
Aridzona is a wee bit out of my range,but I'd "bee" there in a N.Y. minute to gather that swarm! BTW I lost 80% of my hives last year and granted,I'm just a hobbyist apiarist,that was still 38 hives and a good income to a small farmer.
 

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