If it were me and the bees were not bothering anyone, I would just leave them alone and not mention it. You may not be happy if the neighbor comes out with a toxic fogging can of spray to kill them right near your garden.
Post by desertwoman on Jul 20, 2015 8:58:33 GMT -5
Oh I can be so naive. I never gave it a thought that someone would use a toxic spray (doesn't everyone do what I do? ha!)
They yellow jackets, anyway, are so easily discouraged by just knocking down their nests. And I don't know enough about their habits, but could there end up being a huge population in that shed? And therefore a real problem? I've never let it get far enough to know that answer.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Yellow jackets live in a colony with a queen just like honeybees do except that they do not produce honey. They feed insects to their young and really are good guys except that they can be quite aggressive towards us if we get too close. I had some nesting in my stored straw bales and they had to be removed after I got stung. Normally I just stay away from them and let then do their thing.
The colonies are not gigantic but they do live in colonies.
We have issues with wasps nesting around/on fixtures of our house. The Dude will not be talked out of spraying poison on them if they are right by an entrance. This summer, he discovered a huge nest in an outdoor light fixture by the patio door because the cats where "attacking" the glass door, trying to "catch" the wasps through the glass. He did not like them so close to the door and the patio table where he likes to sit. He also poisoned a nest that was INSIDE the steel door of his 68 Mustang. I noticed the wasps flying into the door through the gap where the door meets the A panel when I was reeling up the hose. I stood back and watched several wasps fly in there. Since he works on the car fairly often, I thought I had better warn him. The car is extremely loud, as 68 Mustang V8s are, and I could just see disaster striking the next time he started up the car. He sprayed some kind of poison in the door, too. I don't feel too badly about him using the spray in the car door, as there would be no other way of removing the nest from inside the car door, and it would pose a legitimate danger should he be driving the car with the wasps in the door. But the light fixture, I would have let be.
Bees in a swarm are usually pretty docile. They do not have a home to protect. They will cluster somewhere while scouts go look for a spot to start a new home. Then they will fly away to the new location and take up housekeeping. This is how they multiply.
I built a Warre hive this spring. Bought some lemon grass oil & swarm lure to try. Got it installed & baited. No bees. I saw them circling the milk can on the porch & the pile of gardening supplies by the porch but they never investigated the hive that I know of. Maybe I should move it up on the porch by the milk can.
Maybe I should move it up on the porch by the milk can.
I try to add at least one used frame to my trap so there is evidence of bees having been there. It might help if you can find something that will work in your hive, like rubbing propolis on the walls. There is also an 'ideal' volume that bees look for when scouting for a new home. My trap holds 5 frames and is on the small side, but 14 gallons is a good size for a hive/trap. Good luck!
USDA Zone 6a in Akron, NY on the left side of the state
I try to add at least one used frame to my trap so there is evidence of bees having been there
Yes, I wish I had some old comb or something to put in it. This is my first hive though so don't have any to use. I'm building a swarm trap I can hang to the same dimensions of a Warre hive. Hoping if I Put them in a few locations I'll get lucky. There are a few bee keepers in the area I could get some comb etc from but I don't want to introduce any problems from other hives. Hoping to get a wild swarm that's surviving on it's own & coping with whatever problems they have without intervention. Long shot, I know. Also the warre hive is a top bar hive, no frames like a traditional langstroth.