View Full Version : Bees found on clean-up!!!

08-02-2009, 11:22 AM
Take a look at these bees we came across on a clean-up yesterday. Needless to say we couldn't complete the clean-up.

The combs were aproximately 5' tall 2' wide and 8" thick.

08-02-2009, 12:03 PM
Hope that aint those KILLER BEES

Florida Gardener
08-02-2009, 12:25 PM
the homeowner didnt know that that was on their house?!

08-02-2009, 12:28 PM
the homeowner didnt know that that was on their house?!

It is a bank owned property. We have been cutting it for about 6 months and we didn't know that it was on the house. It is behind about 8 to 10 feet of overgrown stuff.

Jason Rose
08-02-2009, 12:39 PM
WOW! I really have never seen bees make their hive ON something that's exposed like that. I thought they always did that inside something, like a hollow log, attic, or wall cavity.

Killer or not, you were probably as close as you were going to get to take the pics before they sniffed you out. Bees that are nested like that are aggressive usually.

People are still preaching about how our nations honey bee populations are dwindling... I'd call a bee guy out, pretty sure they come out for free and will trap them and reloacate them.

08-02-2009, 01:19 PM
Thats giving me the creeps and its 1000 miles away from me..

08-02-2009, 01:28 PM
Bees are extremely common in south Florida and I actually have a hive like that up in a mahogany tree. They sometimes set up exposed hives like that until they move on somewhere else. Yes there are also killer bees here but so far I have not seen any. Just this month I found bees in an abandoned camper, in a telephone junction box, inside a Gehl loader that broke down last year, in a junk car and on a mango tree. On the loader I put sevin dust all over the place and the next week the bees were either gone or dead. That was done by placing a garden hose in the bee area and blowing dust through with a compressor.

08-02-2009, 03:44 PM
No need to kill the bees just have them removed. They are already hurting enough as it is.

08-02-2009, 03:47 PM
No need to kill the bees just have them removed. They are already hurting enough as it is.

We don't do anything with them that is up to the property owner / bank.

2 things we don't do in Florida... 1. Mow in lightning.... 2. Mess with bees.

08-02-2009, 03:58 PM
What I said wasn't directed at you Greg it was to Rick. No harm. I got a huge wasp nest on my house and those things hunt like crazy. All up in my Garden. When you create a habitat for them they tend to mind there own beesness. I know alot about beneficial insects. However there are some that don't and that is yellow jackets. My crew accidentally mowed right by a nest in pinestraw last week, I looked up and they dropped everything they were holding and ran. Too funny.

08-04-2009, 09:13 AM
GregByrd - what part of SWFL are you located? I'm in Charlotte County, we look for the bee keepers that will relocate to their honeycomb sites, most of the time free of charge (unless the comb is deep in the house walls). My husband and I had the pleasure of cleaning out pompas grass (not trimmed in many years), he got the trimmer going in the grass, stopped, dropped the hedger and running like crazy. It was hysterical to watch, until we realized there was a HUGE yellow jacket nest in the bottom of the grass. He was stung almost 20 times, fortunately, no allergic reaction, but not feeling so hot for a while after!!

08-04-2009, 11:34 PM
I had an issue with bees as well... they actually made their home inside the cinder block walls of my house. I had a beekeeper come out to the tune of $600 to bash up my exterior walls and remove them. All in all... 75lbs of honeycomb was removed. He said most bees (european) are territorial to 150ft, which means if they're onto you, they'll chase you to 150ft from the hive. The killer bees (african) are territorial up to 1/2 mile, which means they'll be chasing you for a long time... be careful out there!!