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Jul 26, 2013, 02:15 PM
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We are having trouble with bees on our house. We have wooden siding and it looks like they have gotten under it as it is warped in places. We have tried Raid bug spray(wasp spray) and it seemed to do nothing at all. That was a week or so ago. Last year we had a similar issue with a different type of bee and the Raid took them out , then we went and cleaned it all out and replaced the siding. This time we are not having luck and the Man says they must be 'atomic' bees? That scares me bad! Tried an Ace brand one as well, both times used the whole can to be sure to get them all. We have animals as well as occasional visiting children and I don't want anyone getting hurt, just want the bugs GONE! We are trying to schedule a window replacement on that side of the house as well as the siding replaced and the bees have to be gone first.
We have to save up to get an exterminator here so if we can do it ourselves it will save a few hundred $. I was also wondering if white vinegar would have any effect on the bee? I know it kills weeds with full sunlight on the space. This side of the house gets morning sun till about noon. But if we have to have an exterminator we will work towards that. Hoping we can accomplish it ourselves.
Any suggestions as how to 'fix' the problem? Thank You in advance for any help. I will see today if I can get a good look and give a better description of the bees too, I do know they are NOT honey bees. Thanks Again!

Janet Smile

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Jul 26, 2013, 07:32 PM
Janet, I assume the current bee colony is in a different location than the one you cleaned out last year?

I Googled atomic bees and gots hits on some music group! I've never heard the term "atomic bees", but here are some initial thoughts:

Google "beekeepers" and "aviarists" in your area and contact them. They might be able to identify the type of bee and give some advice. I checked a few forums and learned that some beekeepers will remove them for a fee. At least the bees wouldn't be killed but would be relocated by people who know how to handle bees harmlessly.

If you can get some photos, especially close ups, that would help identify them. I don't think the killer bees are in Washington state yet, but given their ferocity, it would be a good idea to identify the type of bee.

Here's a link for help in identifying your bees:

Some good info on removal of the bees:

For more info, Google "bee eradication".

Maybe they're good bees and can be relocated to an agricultural field.

As to white vinegar, I have no experience but my bees are bumbles or honey bees, so I don't try to get rid of them.

I did find this:

Aviarists use smoke to calm and lull bees into a sort of stupor when it's necessary to remove the honey. Perhaps you can try smoke.

This actually looks like a really good site to explore:

And it gives some real insight on using vinegar on bees from folks who practice beekeeping for a living.

Here's the main page for this beekeeping forum:
Jul 27, 2013, 03:12 PM
Thank You so much GardenSprite, I appreciate the help and will investigate these and let you know what works (if any). I am gonna think positive and one will work! These little pests are scary and annoying and we can't BBQ because they come around 20 or 30 at a time!! YOU are awesome GardenSprite! Smile

Janet Smile

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Jul 27, 2013, 09:20 PM
Janet, thanks for the compliments, but I just like to find answers for problems, like the other folks here. Big Grin

If the bees are coming 20 or 30 at a time, that might be considered swarming, and I think that lends a different dimension to the infestation.

Do you have a county agricultural extension service, or something similar affiliated with a university? If so, I would contact them and ask if there have been invasions of bees which swarm in 20 or 30 per event. There might be some new bee or some nonnative bees colonizing your house.

On the other hand, if barbecuing attracts them, and if you can find a local beekeeper to help, you can barbecue to attract them into the hives which the beekeeper would bring. You could also try capturing them yourself, but I'm not sure what would be a good type of container to trap them.

Maybe you could put some barbecue sauce in a pop bottle and cap it when you get a lot of bees. Still, it's slow and it could be dangerous.

Good luck; stinging insects can really make a house seem unfriendly.

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