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My Bee Hive
I just got through reading this delightful journal entry about wasps, and I was reminded of my homeowner bee experience.

Last summer I was relaxing in my living-room on a particularly pleasant day, and I decided to open up the windows. I opened the front window, then I opened the side window. As I raised the window I saw, behind the glass, a small beehive. With a few bees, crawling around on it. The hive was in the space between the screen and the glass -- with bees on it! I was opening my window right into a swarm of bees!

I promptly closed the window. Fortunately, it was before any bees noticed that it had been opened.

I then studied the thing through the glass with horrified fascination. It was a pretty small hive, maybe the size of two of my fists, compactly tucked into the upper corner of the enclosure made by the screen and window pane. There were bees crawling about, just inches from my nose. A shiver ran down my spine.

You know how when you were in elementary school, and the teachers would drag you to those crazy beekeeper places? And there would be the hive, and separated from you by just a fraction of an inch of glass were masses and masses of bees, crawling and swarming around, shaking their butts, making honey, raising their young, and doing whatever the hell else bees do with their time? And you'd stare at the monstrosity, morbidly fascinated, while every hair follicle on your body stood on end? Well it was like that. Except there were only maybe 7 or 8 bees visible.

I didn't know what to do about it, so I left it there, and stopped opening that window. I certainly didn't want to come near them, and trying to get rid of the nest seemed like kind of a scary prospect. At first it was this exciting freak show, and I'd point it out to all my visitors. I'd raise the blind: "Look! I have bees in my window!" And we'd all shudder at them, then go on with our lives. Gradually though, I forgot about it. I think I'd had some vague idea of taking care of it once winter came, under the theory that the bees would be dead or hibernating or something then, and would therefore not sting me. But by the time winter came, it was forgotten.

When spring came this year, I had all of my old windows, about half the windows in the house, replaced with new ones. My sister asked me one day shortly thereafter, "Say, whatever happened with the bees in your window?" Startled, I realized that window had been replaced! I went to look, but of course there was no bee hive there. My scary bees were gone!

The poor window workers must have had to deal with it, when tearing out that old window. They never mentioned it to me...were there still bees there? Had any lived through the winter, or returned, or were born, or whatever it is that bees do in the springtime? I don't know. I hope not! I'd feel badly if they had stumbled across any living bees. I didn't see any window guys tumbling off ladders, waving their hands madly in the air at unseen attackers, so hopefully everything went fine.

At least I don't have to worry about the bees anymore...although it was a fairly expensive means of exterminating them.
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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: August 29th, 2002 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hired a guy to fix something on the outside of my house. He was banging away when wasps started coming out of a crack in the foundation. He ran away. Stopped working. Refused to come back until I had killed the bees, although he *did* give me some free caulk to fill in the crack (myself) after I was sure I had sprayed plenty of wasp killer into it (myself). He wasn't allergic to their stings. Just scared of them. Cyn The Mighty And Fearless Wasp Killer saved the poor guy.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 30th, 2002 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, funny! Good thing you were able to help him out, the big baby!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 30th, 2002 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Wasps

Now if you want some fun this weekend, I am killing wasps outside my front door (up about 15 feet) and in the back yard - and several of my neighbors have them too!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 30th, 2002 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wasps

Doesn't sound like fun to me!
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