Thursday, October 4, 2007
Now, dont get me wrong, I love bees. And, Im flattered that they think my gardens looked like a great spot to set up shop, but...
They formed this (12x8 inch/30x20cm) ball o' bees in a half an hour. Only 10 feet (3 metres) from the front door, and 6 feet (1.8 metres) off the ground, and The Most DH is deathly allergic. If they hadnt chosen this particular spot, we might have just left them to thier work. But here it was just too risky to leave them bee (pun intended).
We made a minimum of 20 phone calls to local bee keepers, bee keepers associations, bee fanciers, local council - the lot. Everyone we talked to said they didnt want them, didnt need them, couldnt be bothered, just get a nest killer spray, etc. We did find one man who would come in three days and required $100.00 plus tax to do the job. (ACK!)
We then re-called everyone who hadnt answered the first time, or that we'd left messages for earlier in the day. The last number to try got an answer! This gentleman also could not come to claim the bees, but took our details and promised to ring round a few of his friends and see if he could round someone up. I admitt I didnt believe he would bother.
But then at dusk, two strange men appeared on our front lawn. Basically what they did was shake the bees off the branch and into a box! It was over so quick I didnt get much by way of pictures of it. The men did get stung quite a bit, but I got stung only once while watching. (It wasnt anywhere near as bad as Ive been lead to believe, Ive had worse stings from wasps).
When they left we discovered one gent's sunglasses had been accidentally left behind, which turned out to be very lucky for us. Find out why when the story of our Bee Siege continues tommorrow!
NSW Dept of Primary Industries Fact sheet on Bee Swarms, Why & What to do