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Monday, November 26, 2018

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE


I have a great appreciation of bees.  They work hard to make honey.  They pollinate many of our crops.  We probably wouldn't have enough to eat if it weren't for bees.  We certainly wouldn't have as much variety in our diets.  What I don't appreciate is having fifty or so dead bees on my front porch every evening, which we've had for a couple of weeks!!

I told my exterminator about them & he sprayed the porch--twice.  Like moths, they were attracted to my porch light.  He said we didn't have a new hive & they must have come from my neighbor Richard's trees.  Richard didn't have a regular exterminator but he called one out.  They found a hive in the eaves over his garage & removed it.  He said we might have a few bees for a couple of days but we didn't; they were all gone!!  The exterminator explained, "The bee goes out to work.  After work, he stops for some beer & gets a buzz on.  Then he flies home & says, 'Holy shit, my house is gone!!' & he leaves."

A poem from my husband's childhood:

The bee is such a busy soul,
He has no time for birth control.
That is why, in times like these,
There are so many sons of b's!!































----fishducky


 




19 comments:

  1. Dear Fran, it would be annoying having those dead bees on your porch, but I'm wondering about spraying and killing others. I've read several articles about how bees are disappearing because of the way we treat the planet. So I'm concerned when an exterminator does something about them. Did he or you talk about this? Peace.

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    1. What choice did I have? I couldn't take them to live on a farm!!

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  2. I have a sensitivity to bee stings. The last few times I have been stung I have blown up in spectacular fashion - but got off lightly compared to the bee.
    And worry about their diminishing numbers.

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    1. I was stung once, behind my knee. It turned into a 12" blister. And I worry about them, too!!

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  3. A beekeeper can safely removed the bees if it happens again and it would cost nothing.
    Loved Shakespeare contemplating the two bees.

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  4. I got stung once. Landed in my hair and I went to brush whatever it was away and got stung in the palm of my hand. Painful! No dramatic allergies or anything, but it left a lasting fear of bees and wasps! But we need them for pollinating so I was thrilled to watch them come to my planter flowers on the patio this summer...from inside the apartment, of course. ;)

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    1. I thought the reason you always kept the sliding door closed was so that the cat wouldn't get out!!

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  5. Wasps seem to get me much more than i would like, and i always need a steriod to bring down the swelling. Bees, now i love the bees.

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  6. I like the bees, they will leave you alone unless you accidentally get in their way...That first cartoon is dead on, wasps are assholes!

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  7. A bee totaled my car. I had the window down, cruising through the countryside, and a bumble bee hit my side mirror and bounced into the car, landing in my shirt pocket. I heard the angry buzzing, looked down at it, and missed a curve. Yanked that little car back too sharply, and rolled 3 times down the middle of the road. It was like the world was in slow motion.

    I ended up driver's door down in a ditch in the Mark Twain Forest area near Steelville, MO. I crawled out the window and waited for a good Samaritan. Lucky for me, the guy ahead of me had seen it in his mirror, and stopped at the next house to call an ambulance. I had a concussion, a scrape on my elbow, and dislocated shoulder (that had popped back in, but wasn't functional for a while). ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT! That's how I survived.

    Of course nobody saw the bee but me...

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  8. You called an exterminator and he SPRAYED??? :*( :*( :*(
    He should have said "they're attracted to your porch light, leave it off for a couple of days while we move the hive."
    You killed some bees *sob*

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    1. I couldn't leave the light off. My stairs are very dark & my husband's caregiver comes every night at 8:00. The hive was my neighbor's responsibility!!

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  9. Here, while it is still warm in the fall (when it really should be cold) lots of confused bees gather on my outdoor water faucets. I don't think they are looking for beer, just wondering what happened to the weather.

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    1. Do they think weather comes out of your faucets?

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