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post #1 of 18 Old 04-28-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Bee hive issue

I was just out cleaning up in the back yard and ran across a new bee hive and it couldn't be in a worse spot. As you can see from the photo my horses took a liking to a couple of trees in a transition point from the paddock to the pasture. About a month ago I wrapped a old tarp around the tree to keep them off of it, it worked, no issues. In the past month a hive has been built in the base of the tree, can't tell in the photo but there a small hole in the base. I was able to get the tarp loose from the tree except for the point where I nailed the top down.

Looking for ideas on who to handle these guys, the nest can't be too large so that's good but these bees really seem aggressive.

I have two concerns, not getting stung...me or the horses and the chemical residue if I spray a insecticide on a tree that they obviously like messing with.

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-28-2012, 05:44 PM
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Subbing, because I'm curious as to what kind of answers you're going to get on this one. If they are honeybees, you may be able to find a beekeeper close to come out and take them from you. If they are yellowjackets or some kind of wasp, you could wind up needing gasoline and a hand gernade LOL
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post #3 of 18 Old 04-28-2012, 05:48 PM
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^^^ Yes...if honey bees, a local beekeeper will generally come and take them for free. If not, get a can of the spray stuff that will shoot about 20'. It won't kill them, but they will move somewhere else.

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^^^ Yes...if honey bees, a local beekeeper will generally come and take them for free. If not, get a can of the spray stuff that will shoot about 20'. It won't kill them, but they will move somewhere else.
Yep, this would be the course of action if I wasn't worried about the horses licking the stuff I shoot to kill the bees.

I can say for sure that they are not wasps, hornets or what I call yellow jackets, they look like honey bees. I just looked to see if the Africanized honey bees are found in this area and it appears that they are not so it the odds are they're just regular honey bees. I was concerned but it's pretty cool here today, wouldn't think that bees would be active today but these dudes are really swarming around.

You're not far from me at all, I'm in Moore Co.

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Yep, this would be the course of action if I wasn't worried about the horses licking the stuff I shoot to kill the bees.

I can say for sure that they are not wasps, hornets or what I call yellow jackets, they look like honey bees. I just looked to see if the Africanized honey bees are found in this area and it appears that they are not so it the odds are they're just regular honey bees. I was concerned but it's pretty cool here today, wouldn't think that bees would be active today but these dudes are really swarming around.

You're not far from me at all, I'm in Moore Co.
If you don't know a beekeeper, try here Moore County Beekeepers Association | Moore County, NC | Welcome

I've used the spray on yellow jackets around horses and never had a problem with the mares even wanting to get close.

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I have some honey from a bee ranch, called them and left a message. I don't see how anyone could get them out, the nest is in a small hole in the bottom of the tree. The hole is about 1.5" tall and 3" wide, inverted triangle, no way to get access to the hive without taking the tree down.
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If they can smoke it enough to get the queen out, the rest of the hive will follow.
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Spray and re-wrap with the same approach you used initially. Contact the manufacturer of any spray you consider and inquire as to the "shelf-life" (so to speak) of the active ingredients wherein it would be a concern for consumption/contact with animals. Most chemicals actually have a very short "safety" window during which contact must be avoided.
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I have some honey from a bee ranch, called them and left a message. I don't see how anyone could get them out, the nest is in a small hole in the bottom of the tree. The hole is about 1.5" tall and 3" wide, inverted triangle, no way to get access to the hive without taking the tree down.
If the hole is that small it should be simple to take care of them.

Just buy a can of expanding foam from the hardware store and seal the access.
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-28-2012, 10:34 PM
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I believe it is illegal to poison honey bees, sounds like they are what we used to call ground bees, Honey bees dont nest in he ground, the hole is at base of tree? These are ground bees, wait till after dark and dump a bucket of plain old water on the hole. They'll leave.
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