Bees found on clean-up!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Greg78, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    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.


  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,631

    Hope that aint those KILLER BEES
  3. the homeowner didnt know that that was on their house?!
  4. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    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.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    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.
  6. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Thats giving me the creeps and its 1000 miles away from me..
  7. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    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.
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,393

    No need to kill the bees just have them removed. They are already hurting enough as it is.
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    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.
  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,393

    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.

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