An Unsuccessful Blog Entry

He got to watch the bees invade his home. Cool, and terrifying at the same time. Greg Nohra was sitting in his home office, and looked up from his laptop and there were bees outside the window. Lots of bees. Fascinated, he grabbed his phone and started filming. And then he got buzzed. There wasContinue reading “An Unsuccessful Blog Entry”

Bees in the Mail

I ordered bees this week. They will arrive some time early in April. In. The. Mail. (I should probably mention to John, our friendly neighborhood mailman – that they are on the way. He might want to take a week off…) I have always thought that was one of the coolest things about beekeeping –Continue reading “Bees in the Mail”

How long have they been there?

With trees, you count the rings. With obsidian, you view the layers of hydrated glass. With archaeological stuff, you use 14C dating, or associated artifacts that have been securely dated elsewhere. One of the questions I usually get asked when doing a removal is “How long have they been there?” The homeowner just wants toContinue reading “How long have they been there?”

How long have they been there?

With trees, you count the rings. With obsidian, you view the layers of hydrated glass. With archaeological stuff, you use 14C dating, or associated artifacts that have been securely dated elsewhere. One of the questions I usually get asked when doing a removal is “How long have they been there?” The homeowner just wants toContinue reading “How long have they been there?”

Pushing them too far

After working with mean honeybees for a couple of weeks straight, I really wanted a nice, simple, friendly interaction with bees to restore my confidence. A sting or two is ok and expected, especially with a removal where you are taking the bees out of their home and away from their resources. It makes sense.Continue reading “Pushing them too far”

We’re BACK!

For every bee removal job I complete, I provide some strongly worded suggestions about what the next steps need to be. After explaining that you DO NOT want me as your repair carpenter, I provide the following recommendation: “Bees tend to re-occupy, so return of another swarm to this location is likely, if additional actionsContinue reading “We’re BACK!”

Can’t….quite….reach

I asked off work for Friday afternoon to take care of the first of four hive removal projects. The place is just lovely – a two-story antebellum home that overlooks the old path that the Mississippi River took in front of Vicksburg. The bees had occupied the second-floor balcony and were making a nuisance ofContinue reading “Can’t….quite….reach”

Straightforward. Yeah, right.

“WHY would I use the word ‘straightforward’ in ANY sentence involving beehive removal work??” I stared at the wall, hoping solutions would appear.  Solutions failed to appear.  I stared some more.  Solutions persisted in their absence. The job was supposed to be relatively straightforward.  My boss at the Corps had a hive that had shownContinue reading “Straightforward. Yeah, right.”

Love on the Battlefield

The setting of the National Cemetery at the Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most peaceful ones imaginable.  The rolling loess hillside, graves in neat rows, each section terraced to provide a continuity among the gathered dead.  Oak trees, expanded to their full canopied width.  Magnificent magnolia trees, filled with heady blossoms.  AncientContinue reading “Love on the Battlefield”

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