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post #16 of 24
These are what we had near our house last summer, I really hope they didnt get into the roof. They sound like helicopters when flying about.
post #17 of 24
Well I just bought a house a couple of months ago and this is a good reminder that it's usually better to fix a problem immediately rather than let it hang around.

And my god, don't eat the poisoned honey!
post #18 of 24

Wow. Well I'm a commercial beekeeper. We run 1200 hives and produce Honey, Bees and provide pollination services from Michigan to Florida and almonds in California. We also provide a Honey Bee removal service where we don't destroy the bees and do a minimal amount of damage removing the Bees and there combs.


Just spraying the Bees or having an exterminator destroy them will not solve a Honey Bee infestation. The colony can weight anywhere from 2 lbs to 15 lbs. That is alot of organic matter. The dead colony has alot of moisture content that along with any larvae and honey has the equivalent of a dead Raccoon in your wall, it will get stinky . The other problem with leaving the combs behind is other critters are attracted including Honey Bees. Think about a scout bee looking for a new home. She finds no one home but the refrigerator is full.


Hope this helps .

Edited by Yonv - 6/3/10 at 8:13am
post #19 of 24
Originally Posted by Feanor View Post

These are what we had near our house last summer, I really hope they didnt get into the roof. They sound like helicopters when flying about.

Holy crap, I didn't know such a thing existed. I'm not surprised they sound like helicopters, they look like the satanic spawn of a helicopter and a bee.


Helibees... Beecopters... Dear god, we're doomed.

post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 

I have resurrected this thread as once again I have a bee infestation in my home. angry_face.gif


I was relaxing on the couch tonight and I heard what sounded like a bee buzzing around the living room. Historically the only time I see a bee in the house is when the queen has moved in and setup shop. I thought to myself "oh no not again"! Shortly after I spotted the buzzing menace and promptly took care of it. I cautiously went outside and started examining the soffits around the perimeter of my roof. About 20 foot away from the location of the last beehive, I saw a huge cluster of (insert your nastiest expletives here - I used many) bees huddling in the corner of my roof line.


I wish I knew why my home has become a hotel for traveling queen bees. After the last infestation was removed the person who cut the holes in the roof told me he sprayed to cover up any traces of the last unwanted hotel guests. Tomorrow my Déjà vu experiences continues.


post #21 of 24
Ugh. We had bees once - those big, black bumblebees. Sealing the heck out of the roof worked. I don't know if it would help you, but marine foam (or expanding foam) for big spaces works. Then I seal everything small with caulk.

It works pretty well. We do this when we tear down apartments. Bug calls have dropped to zero over the past few years. We have a house torn down to the studs (interior) right now and we've been sealing with a vengeance. There's no place to get in and no empty spaces to form nests or whatever they do.

I don't know how to safely evict bees, though. I'd rather call in a pro. I'd be tempted to get into full biker armor and take care of it. On the other hand, that might be one of those ideas that seemed like a good idea at the time.

But for furry varmints, my favorite method is the dreaded strobe light. If you have mice, rats, squirrels, etc. in an attic, put a cheap Radio Shack strobe light up there for a few days. They get the hell out. No chemicals, no rotting corpses in the walls, none of those problems. They just get out. Then you can seal. I've considered using a motion-activated strobe light to run off raccoons. Though I'm pretty sure the outside cats would hate it and it'd probably drive off the possum, which I like. (Possums are harmless little garbage disposals that clean your yard for free.)
Edited by Uncle Erik - 7/3/11 at 12:39am
post #22 of 24

Wasp infestation. Things were able to chew through the aging and weakening window seals and got into the walls.

I estimated that they built a hive between the outer stones and the inner bathroom wall since whenever I take a shower, a scout or three would come out of the fan vent to check out what was going on. Heat or humidity or both. The "solution" to this was to leave the fan on all the time. Noisy yes. After a week I opened up the fan cover and had meself an adequate collection of half-chopped up wasp cadavers.

The main problem. Could not afford a professional (ex)terminator so I had to be one. After four cans of Raid, half a can of WD-40 and a lighter (yes I attempted to incinerate the wasps within the walls), the real solution was a Quebec winter. Now it's summer again and nobody came back (or...out, I guess).

The entrance holes are still there.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 

My unwelcome annual visitors. The exterminator estimated a 70 pound hive on the exterior and another 30 pounds inside my roof vents. I now have the tiles removed above the hive and a square hole in the top of my roof sheathing. The annual "Arizona Monsoon" storms are expected for at least the next three days. I hope the tarp covering the hole survives and the remainder of July 4th weekend is is not as expensive as it was today.





post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 



Once again, my unwelcome semi-annual visitors have arrived and moved in. mad.gif I would really love to know why my home is so attractive to birds and insects. I so wish the bee guy had a frequent customer discount. I was able to get a whopping $10 off the cost of repair! Who hoo. I was ecstatic. (yeah right). This repair was a mere $725. I am in the wrong business.


To add insult to injury 3 months ago birds took up roosting under a corner overhang on my roof. I have a tile roof as many homes in Arizona do. These roofs have thick tar paper between the tiles and roof sheathing. Little did I know bird droppings destroys tar paper. We had heavy rain storms for a couple of days and one afternoon when I returned home from work I discovered part of my ceiling sitting on my foyer. I could see right up into my attic... This interaction with nature required having part of my tile roof removed, replace the roof sheathing, new tar paper, and replacing the ceiling. I hate to post how much this repair cost. Let it suffice "I am in the wrong business".


My experiences have beaten my pride to a pulp. I no longer say any nasty expletives! I just open open my wallet and cell phone contacts to call the bee guy.


Anyone want to purchase a wildlife friendly two story home in sunny Arizona paradise?



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Edited by balderon - 4/3/13 at 11:09pm
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