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Old 11-13-2011, 10:53 AM
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Just wanted to share,
I wear red wings with steel toes every day, getting on and off of boats, in and out of bilges etc. My feet have been killing me recently, so I bought some Dr Scholls gel insoles, wow. These things are great.
Next I have bees living inside my meter box, been hitting them with some spray recently and no help, not to mention the cost on some of that stuff. I was out in the yard today raking pine straw and watching them, it came to me... So I set up my shop vac with the end of the wand with some soapy water and black flag bug killer in some water. Those poor suckers are no match for the shop vac! Pretty funny to watch!
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I am sure the bees were a hassle, but did you think about calling in a beekeeper??

I have an old oak tree that needs to come down as it's pretty dead and where one limb came off, there is a hole filled with honeybees. We are in the process of having the hive relocated, maybe even to another part of our property.

The beekeeper explained that there is becoming a shortage of bees, and that this can have a huge impact on crops not becoming pollinated. There is a huge industry of bees being taken by truck around to fields and rotated to other fields for the purpose of pollinating. These bees are becoming harder to locate by farmers.

I am sure they were a pain to deal with, but if they return, call someone to take them away peacefully!
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I am sure the bees were a hassle, but did you think about calling in a beekeeper??

I have an old oak tree that needs to come down as it's pretty dead and where one limb came off, there is a hole filled with honeybees. We are in the process of having the hive relocated, maybe even to another part of our property.

The beekeeper explained that there is becoming a shortage of bees, and that this can have a huge impact on crops not becoming pollinated. There is a huge industry of bees being taken by truck around to fields and rotated to other fields for the purpose of pollinating. These bees are becoming harder to locate by farmers.

I am sure they were a pain to deal with, but if they return, call someone to take them away peacefully!



Honey Bee's are disappearing................try not to kill them
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Sorry, these are those little yellow jacket looking guys, not honey bees. I saw one the other day, longs time since I saw a honey bee...
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Red Wing work boots?

Those things are made to hurt your feet. I can't wear'em.

Try Wolverine Durashocks.
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Sorry, these are those little yellow jacket looking guys, not honey bees. I saw one the other day, longs time since I saw a honey bee...
Yeah, that's a wasp..I woulda done the same..

The last time one of them little b@st@rds bit me, it hurt!!!
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Sorry, these are those little yellow jacket looking guys, not honey bees. I saw one the other day, longs time since I saw a honey bee...
Honey bee population is in trouble due to a disease
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Honey bee population is in trouble due to a disease
That is a BIG TIME understatement!!!! What would pollinate plants and trees if there are no bees? In some circles, they say we are headed for certain doom because honey bees are becoming so short in supply.
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Boots to Bees....change name to "tomanythoughts".
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Honey bee population is in trouble due to a disease
We have a family friend who has been a been keeper for over 20 years. He puts the blame on chemicals. He has also scene hives act very strange is place too close to cell phone towers..........
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buy a pair of Ariats and be done with it
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Bought a pair of Keen boots on the advice of a friend a couple months ago. Let's just say that I wish all the advice I have received was that good. Probably the most comfortable boots I have ever had.
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We have a family friend who has been a been keeper for over 20 years. He puts the blame on chemicals. He has also scene hives act very strange is place too close to cell phone towers..........
I have some fruit trees near my home and when they were in blossom you could hear the tree buzzin not any more . There are things pollinating but not like it was .
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haha better bees living inside meter box, than water inside engine )
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Originally Posted by alldayallnight View Post
haha better bees living inside meter box, than water inside engine )
Not if you are the guy that services inside meter boxes.

The great thing about yellow jackets is they attack movement when pissed. I don't care how close you are to a pissed off hive, if you freeze dead in your motion you will Not get stung! ....my older brother and I are the self proclaimed Master Wasp Killers.

Wasps attack movement whereas bumble bees attack a physical presence or foreign object. If one bumble bee stings you he tells everyone else to attack and sting you, whereas yellow jackets do not have that level of communication….they only attack movement. Soooooo, if you are getting stung by a yellow jacket and you are in amongst a pissed of hive, suck it up and take the one sting like a man, that or run like the wind. My brother and my action would be to become a statue and wait them out....they only buzz about for a minute or two at best before they settle down..............oh, no blinking either.
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Not only chemicals are killing the bees, genetically modified crops are suspected as well. We've turned down a road that may be a dead end...

We have two hives, one in each of our huge catalpa trees. One hive swarmed this spring, and a beekeeper drove 30 miles (quickly) to capture the hive. We'd like to get a hive box and get the next swarm!
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Next time take silica put it inside the shop vac and blow it into the area where the yellow jackets are it will kill them then vac them up
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Not only chemicals are killing the bees, genetically modified crops are suspected as well. We've turned down a road that may be a dead end...

We have two hives, one in each of our huge catalpa trees. One hive swarmed this spring, and a beekeeper drove 30 miles (quickly) to capture the hive. We'd like to get a hive box and get the next swarm!
Call a local bee keeper. Their always looking for private property to put a hive into.
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