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Bees nest

Post by Pagey » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:02 pm

Today I had a dead palm tree branch high up in the tree and could only grasp the end and pull it down, as it came down it disturbed a nest in a Papaya tree in front of it and I had to run for cover as hundreds of angry bees swarmed everywhere. I thought they were Hornets at first as they are only small but fastened to the dead palm is a yellow honeycomb so I presume bees. After a few hours they have now settled down and all back together in their nest in the Papaya tree.

Problem is what do I do with it ? Do they only stay a few days and move on or are they here for long term and if so who can remove them safely?

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Re: Bees nest

Post by handdrummer » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:16 pm

They have to be (no pun intended) smoked out. They can be overcome with smoke, then they become lethargic and can be transported elsewhere. Best done by a pro.

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Re: Bees nest

Post by johnjar » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:42 pm

Some of these wasps nests can be built very quick and can be dangerous if disturbed, under house roofs etc only way is smoke 'em out and burn the nest.First hand experience, several years ago one was built right under front door so applied torch under it at night time, and it dropped to floor then torch again and burned it.

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Post by dundrillin » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:15 pm

The easiest way is get a spray bottle i.e. The kind you spray flowers with. Half fill it with petrol and will till dusk when they are all inside. Place the nozzle to the entrance of the nest and spray 2 or 3 times. Within seconds they will be asphyxiated and the nest will be silent,you then can pick up the nest and put it in the bin. This method was shown to me by a beekeeper who got rid of a nest of wasps for me.

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Post by Pagey » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:48 pm

When I say 'nest', it's actually just a mass of bees clinging to a branch or honeycomb so the bees don't actually go inside a nest.
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Post by hhinner » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:50 pm

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Unless they're wasps or hornets or African killer bees, they're probably harmless, like the small bees you see buzzing around honeycombs in the market.

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Re: Bees nest

Post by hhinner » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:08 pm

These guys stayed in one of our trees for about a month a couple of years ago. Then one day they just left. The size of the honeycomb was about 6 inches high.
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Post by hin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:34 am

If they are just small bees why bother them. If you don’t bother them they will not bother you but will pollinate everything in your garden and make a big difference on how well everything will grow and multiply. If they have not already started making their nest you can try hanging a box near them with a small hole in it and they might go in then at night plug the hole and you can put them where you want. But most of the local wild bees here seem to prefer hanging their nest outside in a tree branch, do not make much honey and do not stay in one place very long. When bees swarn to search for a new home they are less apt to sting, even the mean ones, because thay have filled up with as much honey from their previous hive as they can hold making it difficult to contract their body - which they need to do to push in their stinger.

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Post by Takiap » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:08 am

If you really must get rid of them, just as any person from Isaan for help and they will remove the nest for you without any fuss, and also collect the honey if there is any.

As has been said, the small bees you get here are pretty much harmless, so if I were you, I would just leave them and let them do there thing in the garden.

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Re: Bees nest

Post by Pagey » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:57 am

My concern is my four year old playing in the garden. Some of the branches of the Papaya tree overhang the walkway around the pool where he likes to run around playing 'chase'. They may be relatively harmless but I don't want to see a few hundred angry bees buzzing round his face if he accidentally disturbs them.
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Post by Big Boy » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:03 am

We often have a lot of bees nearby, and also more than our share of kids here from time to time. The only mishap in 6 years was a young lad stepping on a bee and being stung in the foot.

The small bees are relatively harmless, even when swarming. Just walk through the swarm - they aren't interested in you. Yes, you feel them brushing off your face, but they are not a problem.
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Post by 404cameljockey » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:21 am

I agree, leave it alone unless it's near to the ground and likely to get disturbed by pets or children, and they don't stay forever (the bees I mean).

I accidentally disturbed a nest in my garden and was stung around a dozen times. Large black and yellow bstards about 2-2.5 cm long. In complete agony for well over an hour (could not sit/lie/stand still) and still had pain and swelling for days afterwards. I take antihistamine daily and so without that I have no idea how bad it could have been. would be dangerous for children I imagine. There's also the danger of anaphylactic (?) shock with such a lot of poison being in the bloodstream at one time.

I went back and killed it off with a can of mossie spray because my dog chases geckos up and down that wall (never caught one yet thank heavens). Other nests I have always left alone because they aren't a threat unless you are.

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Re: Bees nest

Post by Pagey » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:42 am

I checked the nest when I posted above this morning and all calm. Ten minutes ago I heard lots of buzzing and looked and they were all swarming around and above the tree. I went inside the house for ten minutes and came back and checked and they've all gone ! I don't know what spooked them, birds or those squirrel like animals that regularly run along the wall and up the trees.
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Re: Bees nest

Post by Nereus » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:58 am

I don't know what spooked them............
Maybe one of them has been reading this post? :rasta:
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Re: Bees nest

Post by hin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:47 am

When swarming they are looking for a new home and do not always stay at the first place they land. If I could have been there early enuf would have tried to catch them, put them in a box along with a small rag soaked with sugar water and brought them to our house. Bee venom, if you are not allergic to it. soothes arthritis - well known back in the good old days

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