OT- Bumblebees

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    and- FWIW- I LIKE BEES!!!

    If I could, I'd keep them. But seeing as though I live in apartment building, I don't think that would go over well with the neighbors. Not because they're bee-hating people who want all insects dead- but because some people don't want to live with bees' nest on their property, and they shouldn't have to.
     
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    Clearly assumptions were made about my tone as well.


    I apologized.  I will say it again, I am sorry that I hurt your feelings (I just read your updated post), that was not my intension.  You don't have to accept my apology, but know that I am sorry.

     
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    I accept your apology. I just didn't like the "I'm not the first one to say that" part of it- like that's some sort of defense.

    and if you didn't mean to be hurtful, than I'm sorry. but I didn't know that saying "you can turn anything into an argument" meant I was talented. especially since I wasn't trying to start an argument.
     
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    I'm not trying to start an argument!! When did I become some bad guy that everyone tries to shut up?? Flamingos aren't harmful. I still wouldn't want one living in my house. That's all! white rhinos are endangered, I still wouldn't want one living in my porch! that's my point! I didn't say she had to kill them. The only reason I mention RAID is because it's the only thing I know gets rid of bees. In Response to Re: OT- Bumblebees :
    Posted by pinkkittie27


    FWIW, I don't know why any of your posts were labeled argumentative; I didn't see it at all.   Nor do I see you as a generally argumentative person.  We disagree all the time on major life issues, but you don't argue.  You state your case which is different than mine.  You like to get me to understand your position, but that's human nature - I like to get you to understand my position, too.  Anyway, I guess this is none of my business since I went out this afternoon and missed all the fun, but figured it couldn't hurt to add a "what the heck?"

    ~kar
     
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    Kar- I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now. I truly feel like you understand me. And that means a lot to me :)

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    In Response to Re: OT- Bumblebees : FWIW, I don't know why any of your posts were labeled argumentative; I didn't see it at all.   Nor do I see you as a generally argumentative person.  We disagree all the time on major life issues, but you don't argue.  You state your case which is different than mine.  You like to get me to understand your position, but that's human nature - I like to get you to understand my position, too.  Anyway, I guess this is none of my business since I went out this afternoon and missed all the fun, but figured it couldn't hurt to add a "what the heck?" ~kar
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    They are huge, they are fuzzy and they are traveling in what I call a flock.  There are usually at least 3 of them out there at a time and my patio/back garden is about 300 sq feet so I'm running around like an idiot.  I'm in DC, well No. VA, so it's not really the Northeast. So, I'm still not sure what they are!  I just know I want them gone.  lol.

    I'll have to look more closely. It's a brick townhouse w/ wood trim. They love the bow window in the dining room that looks out over the patio so there may be a nest there. I got some industrial strength spray but it's been windy and I don't want to asphyxiate myself.  I understand the cross pollination argument and if they weren't bugs [anything that is creepy to me is a bug], I would probably try to find a humane way to get rid of them. If I could reason w/ them and ask them nicely to leave, I'd do that, but I have no problem w/ bombing them to hell and back if it keeps  them out of my garden.  Small, fuzzy creatures I would feel some pity for; bigass bees, not so much. ;-) 
     
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    check for for burrows, too but watch your step! I think they make a foam spray now so that's less inhalable?
    Good luck Alf!

    and don't feel too bad. my grandmother (same one that ended up ankle deep in a bumblebee nest) had squirrels in her house. every time she drove them out and patched up the place they got in, they'd find another way to get in. She ended up having to have them exterminated. She was distraught over it, but it was a necessary evil. There was no other choice beyond sealing the house in concrete.
     
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    Kar- I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now. I truly feel like you understand me. And that means a lot to me :) In Response to Re: OT- Bumblebees :
    Posted by pinkkittie27


    Here's a cyber one comin' at ya {{{{{{Pinkkie}}}}}}}   I'm blessed you feel that way - I think I understand 'cause we're so much alike in many respects even though we disagree so often. 

    (Sorry, was away from the computer a lot today while training Gracie on the fence.)

    P.S.  ALF, that sounds like a horror movie.  I wish I had something to offer other than sympathy!!!
     
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    I totally agree, Kar. {{{{{{Kar}}}}}}}
     
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    Hugs for everyone!! {{{{{dkb}}}}}}

    Group hug!!

    {{{{dkblucykarpinkalf}}}}}

    Yays!!

    Laughing
     
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    Nice!!  All's well that ends with a hug, right?  :)
     
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    I feel left out :(  I think I deserve something for trying to dispel the "argument" with a random flamingo post... even though it didn't work.

    Wink
     
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    your flamingo post did make me giggle. their red eyes are freaky!
     
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    your flamingo post did make me giggle. their red eyes are freaky!
    Posted by pinkkittie27


    Thanks. :)  you brought them up and I just went with it.  helped by recently watching that show "Life" which featured a huge flock of flamingoes.  Gotta love pink animals!
     
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    In Response to Re: OT- Bumblebees : Thanks. :)  you brought them up and I just went with it.  helped by recently watching that show "Life" which featured a huge flock of flamingoes.  Gotta love pink animals!
    Posted by poppy609


    I LOVE THAT SHOW!!
     
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    {{{{{{poppy}}}}}} :)
     
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    Pink - I'm obsessed.

    Kar - thank you!  :)
     
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    Sorry poppy!!

    {{{{poppy!!}}}}
     
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    They are huge, they are fuzzy and they are traveling in what I call a flock.  There are usually at least 3 of them out there at a time and my patio/back garden is about 300 sq feet so I'm running around like an idiot.  I'm in DC, well No. VA, so it's not really the Northeast. So, I'm still not sure what they are!  I just know I want them gone.  lol. I'll have to look more closely. It's a brick townhouse w/ wood trim. They love the bow window in the dining room that looks out over the patio so there may be a nest there. I got some industrial strength spray but it's been windy and I don't want to asphyxiate myself.  I understand the cross pollination argument and if they weren't bugs [anything that is creepy to me is a bug], I would probably try to find a humane way to get rid of them. If I could reason w/ them and ask them nicely to leave, I'd do that, but I have no problem w/ bombing them to hell and back if it keeps  them out of my garden.  Small, fuzzy creatures I would feel some pity for; bigass bees, not so much. ;-) 
    Posted by ALF72


    ALF, these big fuzzy old bees are about the least likely to sting you.

    And totally impossible for you to get rid of.

        I know little about bees beyond what we get in info for people with crops and orchards.

    But important tidbits:

      Everyone knows about honey bee decline, because since they live in huge colonies,  people keep them for profit, and keep track of them.
        But old Bumblebees actually are a bigger pollinator,  much more action for a smaller number.  They live in tiny nests, and because they may have a nest for every 50 - 70 bees, since they only store a little food,  there are lots of nests in brush and bushes and all, you will not locate.  They fly up to 2 miles in a day.  In DC areas, with the large amount of flowers and flowering shrubs, this time of year,  that means they are everywhere.  Mess with a small nest, which can be in a little hollow in brick, under a bush branch, in mulch - any where - and they will all buzz around and make a new one.
        Wait until this high spring  everything-in-blossom fades a bit, many will be off inland to grasses and crops.

       Many species of bumblebee have in fact gone extinct in recent years.   They live better through cold spells, in more variable places than big colony bees.

       My favorite fact - that they prove some Brits do have a sense of humor - they picked their latin name as Bomb us (actually bombus terra-something.)

       Ignore them, and simply don't deliberately wave things around to stir them up, and you will be fine.

       Also, they will get quieter in a few weeks.  The buzz is mostly not wing noise, they actually have little motors in muscles to warm their little bodies, and as the weather gets warmer they will fly more quietly.

    Don't kill harmless but overwhelmingly helpful  critters.  Not if you want to eat apples and produce grown in your states, and not all imported.   From places where they know enough not to kill them.
     
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    Alf - I thought of you today when I had one of these in my cellar.  Then we went to my mother's house and there were several in her yard.  Ick.
     
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       I thought of this post when you posted elsewhere on having bought mass quantities of flowers at Lowe's.   Attracting Bees so you can kill them?   ALF, let's be reasonable here!
     
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    LOL.  Actually, I noticed that the bees are busier during the warmer part of the day.  That's the part of the day that I can't be out there b/c I'm either busy elsewhere, or else it's too hot for me - I don't do well in the heat and I have super pale skin.  I planted some last night around 6.30 and again this AM just before 7.  No bees.  I think we've called a truce. 

    I have to get more plants today too.  lol.  FWIW, I haven't sprayed any bees yet, though I did get a cannister of Raid.....
     
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    I think you can get a professional to remove and relocate them:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5754336_relocate-carpenter-bees.html

    This way you don't have to worry about getting stung/sprayed with nasty insecticides, bee-lovers can rejoice, AND you get your patio back! Personally I hate wasps and hornets, but the fuzzy ones are kind of cute! Divebombing bees are no fun though, and you should be able to use your own patio in peace.

    Honestly, I think this might be a good time to invest in a bee specialist (they do exist)! Like this one (I just did a google search, so this isn't a recommendation):

    http://www.adkinsbeeremoval.com/
     
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    Carpenter bees are harmful to your home.  Like termites, they eat the wood in your house.  Get them emiminated.

    And this is from someone who has never used fertiliser or anything on the lawn, who feeds birds and squirrels, and whose backyard is full of birds.  I love animals and insects, but not the ones who harm my house.  Because if it falls down, we'd have to kill a lot of trees and use a lot of resources in replacing it.
     
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