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[Cob] RE: Coblist Digest, Vol 3, Issue 46_ to Dorethy regarding bees in wall

Amanda Peck ap615 at
Tue Jun 21 08:58:49 CDT 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

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