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Hello I was told that if these are the bees you want to keep, you will come...

Hello I was told that if these are the bees you want to keep, you will come out and remove them ..

Summit County OH bees bee identification Posted 4 months ago

Every time anyone uses our wooden swingset, they get stung by bees. We have...

Every time anyone uses our wooden swingset, they get stung by bees. We have looked everywhere and cannot find a hive. The bees seem to be on the offensive and come after the kids, following them across the yard and on one occasion into the house. It isn't a swarm, per se, no more than 8-10 bees in any one instance. I don't want to just spray insecticide, but we can't find a hive to relocate. Suggestions?

Franklin County OH bees Posted 4 months ago

Can they survive outside of nest/cocoon?

Sorry if some feel these are silly questions but I don't know much about larvae or the stages they go through, except that they eventually turn into an adult of the insect that laid the eggs. I have a mason bee house with a few grass carrying wasps nesting in it. There is another grass carrying wasp that has a nest in the split of a fence post located right by the bee house. I noticed it a couple of weeks ago when I was doing yard work because I saw pieces of grass sticking out of the split and I saw the adult wasp going in and out of that area. Today while I was raking up some grass clippings, I noticed a yellow looking worm/grub laying on the board below the split post. I walked over to get a closer look and saw another one laying right by it, along with some grass pieces and other material that looked like a nest. I scooped up the larvae and the material around it with a small garden shovel and upon doing that, I saw more larvae that had come out of their cocoons. I didn't know if they were suppose to be out of the cocoon this early or if it was the fall from the post that broke them open? Should I have put them back on the board where I found them laying or put them and the nesting material back inside the little cubby hole area where the nest was from the beginning? Are they suppose to be out of their cocoon this early and live like this until they're an adult wasp or are they suppose to stay inside cocoons until next year and then break out? Can they survive outside of the cocoon at this stage? Sorry for all the questions but I'm really interested in learning the answers. Thank you for doing what you do!

New Hanover County NC bees beekeeping Posted 6 months ago

Toxic honey caused by bees foraging on English or Cherry Laurel

Dear Sirs or Madame, On the suggestion of the Oregon Bee Keeper's Association, I am forwarding the following question to you: "Can locating a bee box near a hedge of English or Cherry Laurel lead to the honey being toxic? I want to move a bee box so that the back of the box is near a hedge of English Laurel, a plant I have heard is poisonous. Could this result in the honey taken from that bee box being toxic?" I would appreciate any insight you might be able to share. Ted Job

Clackamas County OR bees Posted 6 months ago

Giant hornets

I am a beekeeper in western New York. I currently have 9 hives. I am 69 years old and have been working with honey bees for many years. I opened one of my hives today and found what I believe to be a Giant Japanese hornet. The hornet was dead and laying on the inner cover. I do have an ant problem so the cover had a lot of cinnamon powder on it. Therefore the true colors of the hornet is difficult to see. My question is if this truly is a giant hornet and if so, I'm sure there's more than one in the area and what can I do about it. I do have hornet traps out as I have had yellow jacket problems in the past.

Erie County NY Posted 6 months ago

Dead or injured bees

In my garden this year I have seen 6 bees injured broken wings or legs or 4 dead bees this is very unusual I think I have a bees nest in the facias under the guttering also seen 2 bees carrying something black thought they were mating but been told bees don't mate this way any advice please

Outside United States bees Posted 7 months ago

Abandoned honeybee hive

Will hair spray preserve the honeycomb of an abandoned beehive

Okeechobee County Florida Posted 8 months ago

I read your article "Help needed to track endangered bumble bees",...

I read your article "Help needed to track endangered bumble bees", in the Mechanicsburg Telegram. I have bees in my house, which I am trying to have removed to a hive for productive use. I have not used pesticides to kill the bees. They have gotten in through missing mortar in the brick wall and can likely be extracted alive by removing a portion of the floor, which they are under. Can you offer any information about who can remove them?

Champaign County Ohio help needed to track endangered bumble bees Posted 8 months ago

flow hive

Any professional opinions about the honey bee flow hive out of Australia?

Pima County Arizona Posted 10 months ago

I have an enclosed porch addition to my home with cedar trim that is stained...

I have an enclosed porch addition to my home with cedar trim that is stained only. Carpenter bees soon began drilling their holes in the unpainted wood. As a preventive measure, I purchased and hung a commercially available mason bee house near the area. It seems to be working so far as no additional holes (which I repaired) have been found. The house has been in place for two years. It consists of a housing with bamboo tubes. My question: Do I need to perform any maintenance on the house, or will the bees maintain it themselves? I would not want the tubes to become unusable and eventually abandoned as nest sites. Thank you. Jim Hilliard, Ohio

Franklin County Ohio integrated pest management carpenter bees Posted over 1 year ago