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It is Bee Season on the east end of STJ.

We have several spots where they try to establish new colonies every year.

Pheromones at work ?

Does any one know an effective non chemical way to persuade them to not come back?

sloop jones

Posted : May 18, 2010 12:54 pm
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I'm trying to get rid of some too(not worried about non-chemicals, just getting stung!)

Posted : May 18, 2010 10:30 pm
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Fans seemed to work. I set up multiple fans blowing in multiple directions. It seemed to disturb them and many of them flew right into the fan.

They are gone!


Posted : May 20, 2010 11:03 am
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Bee's are precious, please don't kill them. Here on St. Croix there is a large group of Bee Keepers that are "rescueing" bees, keeping hives and making honey! Bees are very important to local agriculture efforts. If you have a colony that is trying to build a new home in your home, please contact these beekeepers through the Dept. of Agriculture (or PM me with your number and I'll have one of them contact you). There may be a small fee (or may not) , for removing the colony but you will know that you are doing the right thing. And local crucian honey is delicious and ever so good for you.

This is especially a problem during rainy season and hurricane season as the bees will swarm and move if their colony has been damaged.

Now... Jack Spaniels (ie local wasps)... go ahead. Kill them . 🙂

Posted : May 20, 2010 12:40 pm
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I had two nests of bees last year. I called the agricultural department and they referred me to a bee keeper. I thought that it was a service that they provided to rescue the bees and relocate them. When they came I asked about how much this would cost. They said to just cover their expenses. $250.00 later the beers were gone as well as my money. I was thinking more like 60 -80 bucks. So I was took. So watch out.

By the way I have another nest forming. I will not call them back again.


Posted : May 20, 2010 2:12 pm
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Not being familiar with bees, except to run when they chase me, I don't know what is involved or how expensive it should be. But $250 doesn't sound too far out of line. Did you check with other beekeepers on island?

Posted : May 20, 2010 3:55 pm
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$250 sounds high for one of the local beekeepers. If you have honey bees they want them and usually will charge nothing. We had a large hive when we bought our first house here and they even did tile work to get to the hive and charged us nothing. $250 sounds more like an exterminator.

Posted : May 20, 2010 5:23 pm
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I have worked on numerous occasions with a STX beekeeper by the name of Wayne Christian. Wayne will do everything possible to keep from killing the bees. Seems like he charged about $125. That might not be accurate.


Posted : May 20, 2010 6:02 pm
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not so much bothered by bees right now but jack spaniards are horrible. sundy i could not get out of the pool,,,,they were blocking the steps. found several nests. sprayed and next day they were back. and they are much more aggressive then bees.

wonder if you could smoke the bees away like in the secret life of bees.

bees are sweet creatures. but not the africian type.

Posted : May 20, 2010 7:22 pm
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I have no knowledge in this field, I think I mean yellow jackets!
These are more like a wasp with thin, long bodys.
I hate not knowing what i'm talking about, but at least I have no problem admitting it!

Posted : May 21, 2010 5:56 am
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