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[Cob] RE: Coblist Digest, Vol 3, Issue 46_ to Dorethy regarding bees in wallAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 21 06:58:49 PDT 2005
I HOPE that Dorethy's bees are solitary bees, not swarming hive-living ones with queens--we've got both. Mason (Orchard) or Carpenter or leaf-miner, as opposed to honeybees. Not hornets either. Although I just remembered that when I looked them up, I read that the mason bees sometimes use old mud-dauber wasp tunnels. That would be comparatively minor for her. .......... Lorraine proposes the following horrible scenario: To Dorethy regarding bees in her wall: I don't know if USA bees act in the same way as bees in Australia, but if they do, you will have new swarms of bees trying to move in every season once you've got rid of the old lot - if you don't get rid of the bee smell. The scout bees can smell that other bees have made their home there, are attracted, and let the swarm know that they've found a suitable place to move into. You need to remove all honeycomb, honey and anything else to do with the bees, then use warm soapy water or something similar to wash away every trace of bee smell if you want your walls to remain bee free. Maybe once you've washed the walls well you could spray something herbal over the walls to change their smell altogether. Lorraine, Kangaroo Island, South Aus _______________________________________________ Coblist mailing list Coblist at deatech.com http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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