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Date: 6/11/12 1:31 PM

Anyone know how to get the bee's out of my birdhouse?


I don't want to kill the bee's, but this birdhouse is right next to my front door. So far I have managed to put duck tape over the opening so I could handle the birdhouse. There are screws in the back and my thinking was I could take the back off then leave it open and the bees would move to a better home.
I still think that is a good plan but the problem is the hole in the back of the birdhouse is a lot bigger than I remembered and the big black/ one yellow strip bees started coming out of that hole and they were not happy. I dropped the birdhouse and took off for the yard.

Last night after it got dark and they were all in the birdhouse I put a bucket over it so I could water my plants in the morning. Plants are watered and I took the bucket off then ran for the yard again.
Those bees came out of that bucket this morning like rockets.
I still think my original plan will work if I can work up enough courage to approach the thing again and put duck tape over the little opening in the back.

Any other idea's will be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 6/11/12 2:46 PM

We hired a beekeeper to remove a swarm from a tree. They're now happily making honey in one of his hives.

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Date: 6/11/12 3:31 PM

Yes, I would try to find a beekeeper to take it. My brother, keeps bees, and I think he has done this for free, just to get the bees.

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Date: 6/11/12 4:11 PM

Same here. Our town has several beekeepers who do this very thing.

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Date: 6/11/12 5:29 PM

Are you sure you have honeybees and not wasps or hornets? Beekeepers like wild honeybee swarms but wasps and hornets are an exterminator's job. Your state may have a beekeepers' association and can hook you up with a member who would be happy to take a swarm of honeybees off your hands.

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Date: 6/11/12 5:51 PM

Does it look like the second one from the left? In that case, it's a bumble bee that's a pollinator; not a honey bee that makes honey. Just call a beekeeper to save you the trouble. And if it's the others, from left to right, you'll need an exterminator.

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Date: 6/11/12 7:24 PM

I thought I had the same problem. I phoned a local beekeeper and he said they were likely wasps which they were.
I bought a can of stuff at the hardware store. You spray it from a distance and voila-no more problems.

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Date: 6/11/12 7:36 PM


First off .. do not replace that birdhouse back where it was by the house.. Bees have been known to enter and inhabit the walls of a home.. and I think you may be inviting them to do so as you already know they are close to the house.

All I can recall off hand is that most of these wasps etc.. get quieter in the evenings.. more active during the days.. so if you MUST get close to them.. do it when its darker outside.

I have to wonder if a wasp nest is inside.. if so .. destroy the nest and don't put the house back up. In fact don't put another house back up for now. We use spray ..wasp spray on nests.. seems to work for us.

This is rather timely this time of year.. and to me.. fascinating. Would love to know how it all turns out.

If its a pollinator bee.. please just call someone to move it.. or place the house much further out in the yard .. don't kill our bees.

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Date: 6/11/12 11:08 PM

If it is any kind of bee, a local bee keeper would probably move it for free. If you cannot find the local beekeepers, your local agricultural extension agent office might know how to find them.

Just last week, there was a local news story about bees that had set up shop in someone's water meter in the ground! Local beekeeper came and moved them for free. They know how important bees are to humans. Because bees are becoming an endangered species, yet crucial to pollinating the majority of our crops, it's better to save them and have someone move them to a new home.

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Date: 6/11/12 11:20 PM

Take it down after dark when the bees are not active.

You might also ask at sites that are not for sewing.

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