Happy In Bag

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To Bee Or Not To Bee


Don't bother to watch the video. It's no Bee Movie. It's not even a B-movie. It's just a static shot to memorialize insects that are about to be exterminated. Or maybe not. I stayed the execution of this colony in my backyard weeks ago. I love bees. They're just plain cool. The problem is that these bees are fiercely territorial. They've attacked more than one person. And they've rendered the nicest part of by backyard unusable. So, readers of Happy In Bag, I'm leaving it up to you. Do they live? Or do they die?

11 Comments:

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Xavier Onassis said…

    KILL 'EM! KILL 'EM ALL! I suggest gasoline and a match.

     
  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger emawkc said…

    DO NOT kill the bees! Our planet is hanging on by a thread. Kill the bees and we're all screwed!

     
  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    Sweet Honey In The Rock, child, you crazy or something? Buzz Buzz Buzz.

     
  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    I say we need to live in harmony with our brethren bees. Perhaps an expensive sterilization program? I think bow hunting is out of the question.

     
  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Old Fart said…

    If they are territorial, as you said, then kill them.

    I leave the bees (and wasps) that inhabit my yard alone as long as they stay away from the people and dogs. The minute anything gets stung, I become Dale Gribble with multiple poisons strapped onto my back... randomly killing anything that moves.

     
  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Ruralgurl said…

    We ARE the KEEEler BEEEEZ! Give US all YOUR pollen! Your POLLEN or your WIFE, senor!

    Give Belushi a break. Could you maybe call up a local beekeeper who could bring out a hive and a smoke blower and wrangle them for you?

     
  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Christy said…

    I second Ruralgurl--don't kill the bees, call a beekeeper!

     
  • At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am having a similar issue in PV. Call Mike Allen with Allen's Beekeeping 913-384-0049 to see how you might approach the issue. Professional advice might be best in this case.

     
  • At 7:08 PM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said…

    i agree with finding a beekeeper. we had a hive on the back of our house and had a keeper come out and take em and they gave us free honey!

     
  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Average Jane said…

    I'm pretty sure bees can be relocated by a knowledgeable beekeeper.

     
  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I apologize for the delayed response, kind people! I've been busy nursing bee stings.

    Thanks again, everyone, for your guidance. Between these comments and votes on Twitter, the "save the bee" crowd won, but I was lying when I said your votes would actually count. Sorry.

    I just spoke to the beekeeper an anonymous reader listed. And guess what? He said "KILL 'EM! KILL 'EM ALL!" (Do you like that, XO?) The guy said that they're subterranean yellow jackets and as such, "are of no benefit..."

    Carbaryl, a.k.a. sevendust, is at the top of my shopping list.

     

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