Saturday, October 31, 2009

Like Manna from Heaven

Oh no. Not really manna. But we've definitely got stuff dropping from the sky. Or better yet, one of the trees in our front yard.

Say what?

Yes. We've got little things dropping from the tree onto the sidewalk in front of our house.

What pray tell are these little things that are dropping from the tree? Leaves? No. Nuts? No. Seed pods?  No. Bees. Bees! BEES!

Yes. We again had a bunch of bees at our house. Ay-yay-yay!

The Hubs was outside this afternoon trimming our bushes when he heard some buzzing. He looked up the street and saw a swamp moving down our street. He got into the garage and noticed that there were a bunch of bees out on our driveway. He bolted inside for a little while.

After about 5 minutes, he went out the front door and saw that the swarm nestled itself onto a branch on our big tree. A branch that overhangs the sidewalk.

Rather than take a chance of the bees deciding to make a home in our tree, he immediately called the bee guys that we used the last time. Fortunately? They were able to send one of their guys out in a half hour (their office apparently is a hop-skip-and-a-jump near our house).

The guy that came buy actually keeps bees. So instead of fully foaming the swarm? He actually scooped them into a bucket. And he is going to put them into a happy little beehive on his property. Yeah!

But man! There were a TON of bees. There are still a bunch that are hanging out in the front of our house. According to the bee guy, when the queen bee landed in our tree and the rest of the group nestled around her...a bunch of bees then ventured out inside the neighborhood. And those are the bees that we are seeing return to the last place they saw their "mama". The bee guy said he put some bee poison in our tree, so the bees that return to the branches will get the poison and drop soon after.

But we're seeing are the returning bees falling dead onto the sidewalk. It's sad. But thankfully about 90% of the bees have been taken away to a new & safe location.

Here is the bee guy making sure his safety stuff is on properly:

Here's a shot of the bees!

Look at ALL THE BEES around him!

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