Swarm 2

I came home from work the other day with the intention on tightening up a sink drain that had developed a small leak. I went out the back of the house and in through the rear door of the garage where my toolbox is and was surprised by a significant humming sound. In did not take long to realize that I was surrounded by curious honeybees who seemed to be checking me out in a friendly matter. I became rather concerned that in my absence from the garage for a couple of days, while we were receiving our much needed rain, that my little friends had set up housekeeping inside my garage.

This concerned me greatly because at our previous house a colony of bees had set up residence in an irrigation control box beside our orange tree and proved to be quite aggressive about intruders. I had attempted to deal with the problem myself with no luck and then called upon a professional bee handler to remove the colony. I was dismayed to learn that we were in an Africanized Bee zone and the bees could not be relocated but had to be destroyed.

There are as yet no lights in my garage so with flashlight in hand I began exploring the garage to see where the bees were congregated. I could not see any evidence of a hive but they seemed to be coming and going from a dark location above centered above the main garage door. I foolishly decided that I needed something for self-defense and drove over to Dollar General for a can of the Wasp and Hornet Spray. I returned home and sat down at the Internet to read up on honey bees where I learned I shouldn’t try anything myself and that a swarm could hold upwards of 30,000 bees in a ball that looks something like a football. I also read that as long as they did not have a hive to defend they would remain unaggressive, which gave me some relief.

I opened that main garage door, which has significant gaps for entry, and went on inside and studied my little friends who now seemed to be disturbed greatly by the open doors front and back. They continued to swarm around me in numbers of perhaps 10 to 20 without any signs of aggression. I decided that the garage had been cluttered long enough with tools not put away and various construction materials lying here and there so I turned on the radio and went to work under the constant supervision of my guests. After perhaps two hours I turned the shop vacuum on to suck up the debris from the concrete floor with the bees still hanging around. Then, after about another hour the brain behind the swarm must have decided my garage was not a decent place to rest or live and the entire swarm left.

20160517-Angry HostWell, I have fruit trees and a vegetable garden and I do appreciate the service that they provide but sometimes one does have to assume the role of an ungrateful host and send your unwelcome guests packing. I am just thankful that no one was injured in the process.

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